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  • Engineering leaders learn new insights during Advanced Materials Forum North America

    The third annual Advanced Materials Forum (AMF) North America, a 100% online forum about materials solutions, held on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, featured a full day of presentations from industry experts. Sessions covered diverse innovations and advancements in the automotive, medical, water contact, consumer goods and electronics industries.

    24 Nov 2021

  • Is a magnesium-shortage tsunami about to slam the automotive industry?

    Approximately 90% of the world’s supply of magnesium comes from China, and since September magnesium smelters there have either shut down or halved their production capacities due to the energy crisis. The current shortage has resulted in record prices and supply chain issues in the EU. There is a way to overcome this shortage— use metal to plastic replacement, which is already a common approach in the automotive industry to decrease weight and the cost of components.

    22 Nov 2021

  • Manufacturing eco-friendly, lead-free water heater and boiler parts

    Governments and consumers are more concerned than ever with public health issues and sustainability that stem from the global water industry, including its water heater market. To protect the health of consumers, key regulatory bodies, including the NSF, have rapidly altered standards for manufacturing drinking water components. These changes include new, stringent material regulations for plumbing parts – including water heaters, heat pumps and boilers.

    19 Nov 2021

  • Leveraging certified, globally accessible materials to produce high-quality water meters

    Global water security initiatives are pressuring water industry leaders to improve drinking water safety, reduce their carbon footprint and manage water resources more sustainably. As a result, more water distribution systems are being fitted with smart water meters. Plus, manufacturers of device parts such as turbines, head rings, and measuring chambers are quickly replacing brass and copper with alternative materials to protect consumers from lead in water.

    10 Nov 2021

  • DSM Engineering Materials wins SPE Powertrain award

    During last month’s Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Central Europe Automotive Award Ceremony for outstanding developments of plastic parts for vehicle construction in Düsseldorf, Germany, DSM Engineering Materials took home first prize in the powertrain category.

    21 Oct 2021

  • Keeping sustainability & patient safety at the forefront with next-gen medical grade materials

    Heightened awareness from hospital leadership, consumers and other stakeholders has created a demand for medical suppliers to provide sustainable solutions. This is driving OEMs to set ambitious sustainability targets, so they can meet the demands of their customers. Reducing your carbon footprint can be challenging for many reasons, and the best place to start reducing your carbon footprint is to take a hard look at your supply chain.

    19 Oct 2021

  • Register Now: Advanced Materials Forum North America on Nov. 17

    We are one month away from DSM’s Advanced Materials Forum (AMF) North America, and we are very excited to offer you the opportunity to attend this free 100% online event on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Attendees will learn about the latest material science innovations, including advancing the circular economy with bio-based or recycled materials, and low carbon solutions, plus more.

    18 Oct 2021

  • An up-close look at the future of EVs at Motor Bella

    During Motor Bella, Pontiac, Michigan, automakers showcased many electric vehicles (EVs). Manufacturers have been increasingly investing in EVs to meet stringent CO2 emission regulations, and because advances in battery technology have enable longer driving ranges and accelerated vehicle charging times, EV adoption by consumers is increasing.

    11 Oct 2021

  • Manufacturing durable, lightweight gears for demanding comfort actuator applications

    Interior vehicle features that enhance the comfort of drivers and passengers influence customers’ purchasing decisions, and to meet consumer expectations, comfort systems require numerous actuators. As the demand for these parts is expected to play a significant role in driving the growth of the global automotive electric actuator market, manufacturers need to work with actuator gear suppliers that are prepared to deliver robust parts in a timely manner.

    21 Sep 2021

  • Using ocean waste to make more sustainable furniture

    Each year, more than 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the world’s oceans. Much of the waste culminates in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which covers an area twice the size of Texas and three times the size of France. Abandoned fishing nets are a growing part of this problem, and the World Wildlife Federation estimates they account for as much as 46% of the waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

    17 Sep 2021

  • Improving drinking water safety with sustainable faucet materials

    Drinking water crises are making more consumers aware of the health risks that plumbing parts containing leachable substances pose. As a result, manufacturers of residential water system components, including faucet mixing valves and mixing cartridges, are under pressure to use safe and sustainable materials. As regulators in the EU and U.S. implement increasingly strict water contact safety standards, more manufacturers are turning to engineering thermoplastics, which, in addition to leaching zero lead, can substantially reduce production costs.

    03 Sep 2021

  • Three key takeaways from Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2021

    Recently Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, and DSM Engineering Materials was excited to connect with industry partners and promote the recent launch of our medical CARE platform—a dedicated portfolio of advanced medical grade materials. Plus, we left the show with three key takeaways—demand for new medical grade materials, demand for sustainable materials and miniaturization of devices.

    24 Aug 2021

  • Optimizing gears for electric brake actuators

    As connected car technology continues to evolve, automotive OEMs are replacing vacuum and hydraulic brakes with electric braking systems. These systems improve fuel economy, enable a smoother driving experience, and can stop vehicles faster to prevent collisions. Electric brakes require several gear-driven actuators to maximize system efficiency and reliability. Since electric brake designs are highly compact, OEMs require actuator gears that are increasingly thin and extremely durable.

    24 Aug 2021

  • Register Now: Advanced Materials Forum India & Southeast Asia on Sept. 8

    DSM invites manufacturing leaders to join us for the second annual Advanced Materials Forum India and South East Asia on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. Registration is free, and attendees will be able to enjoy a full day of online presentations and opportunities to connect with leading material science and application development experts

    13 Aug 2021

  • Delivering high-performance small appliance gears with advanced materials

    Consumer demand for smaller, more powerful household appliances is steadily increasing. To deliver on consumer expectations, including lower costs and improved noise behavior, manufacturers are replacing metals used to produce gears with engineering thermoplastics. Compared to metal, these materials offer shorter, more cost-effective production cycles, as well as better noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics.

    26 Jul 2021

  • Optimizing thermal management systems for EVs with advanced materials

    As automotive brands bring more electric vehicles to market, they need to address the safety issues related to electric engine batteries. These batteries need to operate within a narrow temperature range to optimize energy efficiency and extend the engine’s service life – and risk thermal runaway that can create a fire hazard if they reach temperatures above 65°C.

    09 Jul 2021

  • How Tour de France athletes use DSM materials to improve performance

    Professional cycling is on the world stage, and it is imperative that cyclists and teams lead by example for their global audience. The sport must operate responsibly and minimize its impact on the environment, which includes the cycling equipment the athletes utilize. Cycling equipment, including clothing, must be manufactured with a low carbon footprint. The equipment must be high performance to enable cyclists to deliver their best performance while keeping them as safe as possible.

    09 Jul 2021

  • Making electronic & mobile phone components thinner, stronger and integrated

    Electronics and smartphone components manufacturers are placing many requirements on the materials used to make these applications. Materials must be strong, have functional integration and overcome the challenges faced when designing very small and thin pieces. Thinner devices mean the sizes of connector receptacles and plugs are being reduced, and so is the space for these parts.

    25 Jun 2021

  • Leveraging safe, high-performance materials for kitchen utensils

    Consumers and regulators are concerned with the potential health risks posed by plastic kitchen utensils. In the past decade, the U.S. FDA and European Commission have banned or restricted potentially carcinogenic substances commonly found in food utensils and packaging. As a result, household goods manufacturers are under pressure to ensure cookware meets evolving food contact safety regulations. Plus, consumers expect high-quality, long-lasting products that are environmentally friendly and available at a low cost.

    17 Jun 2021

  • Reducing the risk of electronic failure in vehicles with halide-free materials

    As automotive electronics become more powerful and complex, they generate higher power levels and more heat, increasing the risk of electrical failure and fire. Some suppliers use ionic additives to improve the thermal and flame retardant performance of the components used. These additives can form acids that corrode electrical contacts after prolonged exposure to heat and moisture, causing an electronic component to fail or change its characteristics, which may compromise a vehicle safety feature, such as a sensor.

    11 Jun 2021

  • Advanced Materials Forum Europe 2021 recap

    The second annual Advanced Materials Forum (AMF) Europe, held in May, featured a full day of presentations and panel discussions from industry experts. Manufacturing leaders attended sessions covering the latest advancements in sustainability, plus innovations in material science and application development.

    28 May 2021

  • Driving electric two-wheeler adoption with advanced materials

    More Indian manufacturers are leveraging non-lithium-ion battery (LiB) technology to meet demand for two-wheelers that offer improved range and faster charging times. Although this strategy drives long-term time and cost-savings, accidental damage to non-LiBs or LiBs, as well as the higher voltage levels needed to accelerate recharging cycles, can pose serious fire and electrical safety risks. Learn which material solutions will ensure two-wheelers are safe and reliable.

    21 May 2021

  • Driving sustainability goals with high-performance elastic drive belts

    Automakers need to ensure hybrid and internal combustion engines (ICE) comply with CO2 emission regulations shifting every year. To improve efficiency, more OEMs are switching from polyester stretch belts used in (ICE) to elastic options designed for next-generation front-end accessory drive (FEAD) systems. Elastic stretch belts offer considerable fuel savings and improve vehicle range thanks to their low-friction performance and better power transfer capabilities.

    12 May 2021

  • Registration Now Open for Advanced Materials Forum Europe, May 18

    DSM invites manufacturing leaders to join us for the second annual Advanced Materials Forum Europe on Tuesday, May 18. Registration is free, and attendees will be able to enjoy a full day of online presentations and opportunities to connect with leading material science and application development experts.

    03 May 2021

  • U.S. plant modernization project celebrates milestone

    The team at the DSM Engineering Materials plant in Evansville, Indiana, celebrated a major milestone as the construction crew topped out the steel structure for the plant modernization project on March 30, 2021. Completion of the construction phase of the project is expected by the end of 2021.

    03 May 2021

  • Save the date: You’re invited to attend Advanced Materials Forum Europe May 18, 2021

    AMF Europe, a free online event, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, will gather the brightest minds from the materials science communities to give you the latest application insights and trends in electrification and automotive, powertrain, gears, water and food contact, and medical. Plus, there will be tracks specifically about the latest innovations and advancements in science and sustainability.

    02 Apr 2021

  • People of DSM Engineering Materials: Sainath Vaidya

    Sainath Vaidya, Research & Technology Manager and Global Technical Product Manager for Arnite®, discusses his role at DSM Engineering Materials India, the company culture and his love of materials science.

    30 Mar 2021

  • Enhancing timing drive system performance and sustainability

    To enhance materials used for timing drive systems, PTFE is often added as a micro-powder to improve the material’s friction and wear properties. But, there are environmental and safety concerns about PTFE since some manufacturing processes produce PFOA, which is linked to serious health risks. Thus, regulatory bodies in several countries are expected to ban materials containing PFOA by 2022. There is a material solution with proven wear and friction properties that complies with these upcoming regulations.

    30 Mar 2021

  • Putting the safety into EMI shielding with Xytron™ PPS

    Electrical drivetrains are crucial to combat global warming, but there is a challenge to overcome—high voltage electrical powertrains generate electrical magnetic interference (EMI), which impacts the electronics needed to realize connected and autonomous vehicles. It has been found that performance differentiation is achieved via sophisticated interface science polymer/fillers. Learn about the material solution that balances the conductivity and good mechanics needed for EMI shielding.

    04 Mar 2021

  • Delivering high-performance gears for compact electric engine actuators

    Global automotive engine manufacturers require actuators that are highly durable, and sufficiently compact to fit in vehicles engine bays. For engine actuator suppliers, this means developing parts using material solutions that respond to customers’ design and performance requirements. A key challenge faced when meeting these needs is to find a material suitable for producing small-sized gears that fit into compact actuator designs and operate well in high-temperature under-the-hood conditions.

    03 Mar 2021

  • Manufacturing next-generation EV charging plugs

    New suppliers entering the EV market are producing charging plugs using lower quality materials to drive costs down. But, low quality materials fail to deliver the aesthetic value manufacturers expect. Plus, they are also unsuitable for new fast-charging plugs, which process higher voltage rates and require high-strength materials designed to ensure final parts are safe to handle. By leveraging materials without flame retardant additives, manufacturers have the opportunity to enhance surface appearance, performance and quality of charging plugs, without driving up costs.

    01 Mar 2021

  • Sympatex goes green with Arnitel® B-MB

    Recently DSM and membrane manufacturer Sympatex Technologies introduced bio-based mass-balanced Arnitel®, a thermoplastic elastomer, which is manufactured with bio-based feedstock using a mass-balance approach—the end product contains more than 25% bio-based content by weight. This dedicated grade will now be replaced by the Arnitel B-MB version.

    10 Feb 2021

  • Improving ADAS performance while reducing costs

    Technology enabling greater connectivity is transforming the automotive industry. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are key to enabling connected cars and in the future, autonomous vehicles are expected use ADAS that includes 40 sensors or more. As a result, the global ADAS market is forecasted to achieve a 17% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2026 – prompting automotive suppliers to increase their investments in the technology.

    09 Feb 2021

  • Four reasons to choose DSM Engineering Materials India as your partner

    Sustainability and technology are mega trends affecting many industries, including automotive, medical, electrical and electronics, and building and construction. DSM Engineering Materials India can help you navigate the challenges faced in these evolving industries when choosing materials solutions for specific applications. Look to DSM Engineering Materials India as your partner for materials solutions, services and expertise.

    02 Feb 2021

  • Enhancing medical gown protection, comfort and sustainability with Arnitel® VT

    Healthcare workers treating infected patients during an outbreak depend on a reliable supply of high-quality PPE to protect their health and safety. Medical gown manufacturers need a material solution that gives healthcare workers both the protection and comfort they require, and DSM’s Arnitel® VT does just that.

    29 Jan 2021

  • Top 10 blogs in 2020 for materials solutions

    DSM's goal is to provide you with best practices and application insights to help you stay current with innovations in your industry. To help you prepare for this new year, we created a Top 10 list of our most popular blogs from 2020.

    01 Jan 2021

  • Manufacturing safe, high-performance appliance connectors

    As smart home technology gives us greater flexibility, connector safety and performance are critical. DSM delivers materials that adhere to miniaturization trends, ensure the safety of end consumers, and help you improve product sustainability.

    22 Dec 2020

  • Manufacturing plastic gas tanks that exceed fuel emission limits

    Manufacturing gas-powered OPE that complies with environmental regulations is a challenge due to evaporative fuel emissions permeating through plastic fuel tanks. DSM’s Akulon® Fuel Lock provides an evaporative emissions barrier more than six times stronger than the regulations require, minimizing any risk of non-compliance.

    21 Dec 2020

  • Manufacturing long-lasting fuel cells for transport vehicles

    Industrial leaders are making massive investments in promoting fuel cell systems –primarily in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), which offer low working temperatures, short start up times, the ability to run on ambient air, and easier electrolyte management. This is crucial for transport vehicles, which are built to travel long distances while maintaining a long service life. The first OEMs to launch PEMFCs optimized for the needs of transport vehicles will achieve a substantial competitive advantage.

    10 Dec 2020

  • Silver linings of 2020: partnerships, innovations and sustainability

    Amid an unprecedent year, DSM Engineering Materials and other DSM business units, applied our scientific knowledge and resources to contribute to helping ease the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to the efforts of our partners and employees, production sites remained open this year, and we contributed to serve our customers and society at large.

    09 Dec 2020

  • DSM research scientist awarded top prize at ICME Conference

    DSM is proud to announce that our research scientist Leonid Pastukhov has received the “Best Presentation 2020 Award” at the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) 2020 Virtual Conference, which ran from October 6 to 8. His presentation was selected out of more than 34 entries exploring the impact of ICME across various industries worldwide.

    04 Dec 2020

  • Stanyl’s sustainable journey—Engineering Materials expands its portfolio with Stanyl ECO and Stanyl B-MB

    By 2030 DSM's complete product portfolio will be available in a bio- and/or recycled based alternatives, and in line with that ambition we are now expanding our bio-based product portfolio of Stanyl® with Stanyl® ECO and Stanyl B-MB (Biobased Mass Balanced). Both bio-based solutions enable the transition from depleting fossil energy sources to utilizing renewable energy sources while simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint of our materials.

    23 Nov 2020

  • Manufacturing stronger, sustainable non-pneumatic tires with advanced TPE

    Recently, the construction, agricultural and specialty vehicle markets have started capitalizing on the advantages of non-pneumatic tires. When investing in non-pneumatic technology, manufacturers need assurance that end products will respond to each of their customers’ existing and future challenges.

    23 Nov 2020

  • Driving agricultural equipment efficiencies to help meet global food demands

    To deliver on significantly improving end-user comfort, furniture manufacturers are leveraging thermoplastic materials that offer superior design flexibility. Plus, furniture brands are under pressure to make their operations more sustainable. Consumers are likely to favor manufacturers that take an active role in protecting the environment by using bio-based and recyclable materials.

    13 Nov 2020

  • Enhancing the comfort and sustainability of workplace and home office furniture with proper material solutions

    To deliver on significantly improving end-user comfort, furniture manufacturers are leveraging thermoplastic materials that offer superior design flexibility. Plus, furniture brands are under pressure to make their operations more sustainable. Consumers are likely to favor manufacturers that take an active role in protecting the environment by using bio-based and recyclable materials.

    13 Nov 2020

  • Making outdoor power equipment lighter and more efficient

    To address this demand for sustainable lawn maintenance, gardening and commercial landscaping equipment, OPE manufacturers are leveraging material science to create products that are stronger, lighter and much more efficient than gas-powered equipment.

    22 Oct 2020

  • Advanced Materials Forum North America 2020 recap

    Since USB-C connectors process power levels from 40 to 100 Watts, they’re also more susceptible to electrical tracking, which may lead to premature part failure, or eventually create a fire hazard. As a result, consumer electronics developers need assurance that connectors designed to charge their devices won’t need to be recalled or frequently replaced.

    20 Oct 2020

  • Enhancing USB-C connector performance and reliability with Stanyl®

    Since USB-C connectors process power levels from 40 to 100 Watts, they’re also more susceptible to electrical tracking, which may lead to premature part failure, or eventually create a fire hazard. As a result, consumer electronics developers need assurance that connectors designed to charge their devices won’t need to be recalled or frequently replaced.

    20 Oct 2020

  • Stanyl® Molding Tips and Tricks Webinar, Nov. 11

    Bryon Miller, senior technical service engineer manager, DSM Engineering Materials, will give a free webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, 10 a.m. U.S. EST, to review best practices for effectively processing and molding Stanyl®.

    15 Oct 2020

  • Protecting Tour de France cyclists against the harsh weather elements

    Cyclists want and need be as comfortable as possible in order to perform at an optimum level, especially when the weather is rainy and windy. To meet the need for high-performance protective cycling rain jackets, Craft Sportswear, Team Sunweb and DSM Engineering Materials designed, developed and optimized their cycling rain jackets with an Arnitel® membrane.

    18 Sep 2020

  • Tackling climate change with sustainable materials solutions

    We realize the transition towards renewable energy is indeed challenging, yet DSM has set challenging ambitions on GHG emissions and a transition to renewable energy. We are focused on overcoming the challenges of climate change, accumulating plastic waste and depleting fossil fuel resources.

    17 Sep 2020

  • Registration Now Open for Advanced Materials Forum North America

    DSM invites manufacturing leaders to join us for the second annual Advanced Materials Forum North America on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Registration is free, and attendees will be able to enjoy a full day of online presentations, panel discussions, and opportunities to connect with leading material science and application development experts.

    09 Sep 2020

  • Stanyl® minimizes fire hazards when fast charging devices using USB-C connectors

    Manufacturers are increasing charging speeds of smartphones, laptops and tablets. When fast charging devices have a charging standard of more than 18 Watts, they are charged much quicker and the cables and connectors used must be able to handle the higher voltage and be compatible with the device’s and charger’s fast charging standard. Connector manufacturers need to select insulating materials specifically developed to minimize the risk of fires that can potentially lead to serious accidents, costly recalls and severe damage to the brand’s reputation.

    04 Sep 2020

  • People of DSM Engineering Materials: Lydia Swan

    We recently sat down with Lydia Swan, Sales Director of Specialized Industries for DSM Engineering Materials Americas, to learn more about her role at DSM and discuss the importance of continuously improving strengths and giving back to the community.

    24 Aug 2020

  • PlasticsFinder.com now includes tailormade PDS

    Get a tailormade PDS (data sheet) per material grade based on available properties on PlasticsFinder.com. Find out specific mechanical, rheological, electrical, and thermal properties of a specific grade. Plus, you can also specify rheological calculation properties and diagrams of grades too.

    12 Aug 2020

  • Insights into the new energy vehicle market of 2030

    With the dramatic changes in the world today, we understand the significance and meaning of “speed” in this era of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity). At the same time, the automobile industry is also undergoing fundamental and even disruptive changes in engineering technologies or business models.

    12 Aug 2020

  • DSM earns General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award

    General Motors has recognized DSM Engineering Materials with a Supplier Quality Excellence Award for the 2019 calendar year. This is the fifth time in the last six years GM has recognized DSM for consistent quality performance throughout the year.

    27 Jul 2020

  • Building sand castles with Akulon® RePurposed

    DSM is partnering with a growing list of purpose-led companies, working to overcome this challenge. For instance, Pufferfish is partnering with DSM to develop premium tools for building sand castles using Akulon® RePurposed PA6, which is made using recycled fishing nets.

    17 Jul 2020

  • New podcast shares design challenges and advanced material solutions

    Each Advanced Materials Solutions podcast features a DSM subject matter expert and explores design challenges solved by the latest advances in polymer science. The podcast also explores the trends driving innovation in the automotive, electronics, consumer goods, and medical devices markets.

    10 Jul 2020

  • Stanyl® PA46 improves Ram truck hot charge air duct performance

    DSM, Flexfab and Steere Enterprises partnered to improve the hot charge air ducts for 2020 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel trucks in North America. The new ducts leverage Stanyl® Diablo polyamide 46 (PA46), which is formulated specifically for high-temperature blow-molded hot charge air ducts.

    02 Jul 2020

  • Sensor material requirements ensure automobiles are safe for drivers and passengers

    Sensors need to be reliable and work correctly. If a sensor is not working properly the driver will not be warned of potential maintenance issues and safety issues. For example, what if a car’s oil temperature is low and the temperature sensor doesn’t activate? Or, what if a tire pressure sensor is not working correctly and the tire is loosing air, but the sensor doesn’t go on?

    01 Jul 2020

  • Highlights from Advanced Materials Forum India/Southeast Asia

    The Advanced Materials Forum (AMF) India/Southeast Asia, held on Thursday, June 25, featured online sessions about material science, material trends and industry applications. Attendees learned about a variety of topics, from the latest innovations in sustainable mobility, connectivity, safety and EMI shielding to fiber-reinforced thermoplastic materials, and more.

    25 Jun 2020

  • Celebrating our partnership with Piramidal in Brazil

    Since 2016, Piramidal has helped DSM serve customers throughout South America as the official distributor of DSM Engineering Materials in the region. Piramidal started its business in a garage in São Bernardo do Campo recycling plastic material in 1985. Today, the company has hundreds of employees and distribution centers throughout the region.

    23 Jun 2020

  • Register Now: Advanced Materials Forum India & Southeast Asia on 25 June

    Learn about the latest advanced materials innovations via DSM’s Advanced Materials Forum (AMF) India and Southeast Asia. The AMF India and Southeast Asia will gather the brightest minds in materials science to give you the latest best practices and applications insights in the industry, along with cutting-edge innovations and advancements.

    10 Jun 2020

  • Explore DSM Tech Talks, blogs & more

    Tech Talks are given by subject matter experts and cover materials science, trends and applications. The purpose of the Tech Talks is to provide you with best practices and applications insights, along with inspiration, so you can stay up to date about innovations in material science.

    29 May 2020

  • Optimizing gear performance in small appliances

    Many small appliances, including miniature food processors and mobile printers, require very small or thin plastic gears that fit into compact designs. If a small or thin-molded gear breaks, the consumer will need to engage in time-consuming repairs.

    30 Apr 2020

  • Advanced Materials Forum Europe highlights

    The Advanced Materials Forum Europe, a 100% online forum about materials solutions, featured a full day of educational sessions about material science, material trends and industry applications.

    23 Apr 2020

  • Partnering with our customers to fight COVID-19

    DSM Engineering Materials (DEM) is playing a crucial role combating the coronavirus pandemic. We supply specialty materials for critical medical devices, including inhalers, medical gowns, respiratory tubes, and hospital beds, but that’s not all.

    09 Apr 2020

  • Material selection for best-in-class soft touch components

    The demand for soft touch components used in consumer facing applications—such as smart phones and fitness trackers—has increased significantly. Consumers are engaged with their personal devices, exposing soft touch components to prolonged use, weather damage, and increased exposure to everyday chemicals. Arnitel is an industry-leading TPE material that offers exceptional durability, strength, comfort, and design flexibility, making it a great material solution for these applications.

    13 Mar 2020

  • Keeping up with EV thermal management system components needs

    Engineers often face challenges when choosing what material solution to use for thermal management system (TMS) component applications. Material solutions used in EV TMS applications need to withstand moderate coolant temperatures, but with longer exposure times.

    03 Mar 2020

  • Top 10 blogs in 2019 for materials solutions

    DSM's goal is to provide you with best practices and application insights to help you stay current with innovations in your industry. To help you prepare for this new year and decade, below are our 10 most popular blogs from 2019.

    10 Jan 2020

  • Material solutions help decrease safety risks of electrical powertrain systems

    It’s imperative the automotive industry considers safety requirements of electric vehicle components—if not, consumers would likely suffer major drawbacks in the safety of EVs. Because the electrical powertrain typically operates at high voltage with currents of several hundred amperes, safety has never been as important as it is today.

    02 Jan 2020

  • Increasing safety of the Virtual Link connector for AR/VR devices

    Although the quick growth of AR/VR technology is exciting, it does come along with a potential safety hazard. Just as there have been various reports of mobile devices catching fire during charging, there is the possibility of an AR/VR device catching on fire when charging via a Virtual Link connector.

    29 Nov 2019

  • North American Advanced Materials Forum highlights

    During the North American Advanced Materials Forum, attendees learned about the latest innovations in bio-based plastics, automotive lightweighting, additive manufacturing, sustainability initiatives and more.

    15 Nov 2019

  • Safe and sustainable commuting via next-gen e-bikes

    There is an evolution happening to the motorcycle industry. Among electric motorcycles is the e-bike—a hybrid bicycle with an integrated electric motor. The global demand for electric motorcycles is forecasted to grow at 1.5% to 38 million units in 2022—a strong double-digit growth, specifically in Europe, India and the United States.

    07 Nov 2019

  • DSM Engineering Materials reorganizes distribution network in North America

    DSM Engineering Materials is partnering with Nexeo Plastics to enhance its distribution footprint for automotive, electronics and industrial manufacturers throughout North America. Effective immediately, the most popular grades from DSM’s advanced material portfolio are now available through Nexeo Plastics.

    05 Nov 2019

  • DSM highlights from K 2019

    DSM featured innovative materials solutions and announced important additions to its material portfolio. By 2030, sustainable alternatives made with 25 percent recycled or bio-based material will be available for every DSM Engineering Materials grade.

    29 Oct 2019

  • Welcome to the age of bio- and recycled-based plastics

    It’s time for a new age: an age where bio- and recycled-based plastics become increasingly common and sustainable, and where our continued quality of life does not need to harm our planet. With our world facing key challenges – including climate change, natural resource depletion, and plastic waste pollution – customers and end consumers around the world instinctively understand that change is necessary and that tomorrow needs to be the cause of today.

    29 Oct 2019

  • K Fair 2019: Ensuring a sustainable future with bio-based Stanyl®

    Only a few short weeks ago, we celebrated a special birthday at DSM: Stanyl, the world’s most successful high-temperature polyamide, turned 30. Born from a collaboration with Twente University of Technology, the first bags of Stanyl (PA46) were shipped to an automotive customer in 1989.

    17 Oct 2019

  • Top 5 exciting things to do at K 2019

    Since K 2019 is the premier fair for the plastics and rubber industry, there are more than 3,000 international exhibitors at the fair, along with hundreds of thousands of industry professionals attending the event. It can be daunting to decide what booths to visit, seminars to attend and tours to go on. Here we highlight our top five exciting things to do while attending K 2019.

    14 Oct 2019

  • K 2019: Safe and reliable connectors make smart homes safe homes

    The level of connectivity between smart homes and intelligent devices depends on many things, but one of the most important parts of a smart home is the connector. Gone are the days of a simple connector—today’s connectors are a combination of metal conductors and plastics insulation.

    08 Oct 2019

  • Streamlining part production with computer-aided and predictive engineering

    Computer-aided engineering (CAE) and predictive engineering (PE) applications are increasingly used in automotive validation testing since they help manufacturers bring parts to market faster. Working together with Digimat, DSM has invested in CAE and PE solutions that provide our customers with granular data on long-term part performance.

    03 Oct 2019

  • Designing hot air ducts to withstand high temperatures

    The trend to improve engine efficiency with better fuel economy and an increase in engine power owes a lot to turbocharge technology. Increase in engine performance and efficiency results in high heat and more aggressive gasses often under high pressure. Air Management Systems, such as air ducts, turbo charger hoses, and seals are expected to withstand these high temperatures up to 250°C peak.

    03 Oct 2019

  • As ECUs become smaller, they are more critical for interconnecting autonomous vehicle systems

    Even though connectors lack the appeal of semiconductor chips, they are essential, a powerful computer would be ineffective if any of these interconnects failed. The design of electronic control units is very compact, and electronics are being squeezed into the smallest packaging space possible. The challenge with connectors lies in their miniaturization—making wall thickness thinner.

    13 Sep 2019

  • Specialty polymers meet the need for lead-free water contact solutions

    Lead contaminated water is not only specific to the United States, it has also been found in many European countries. Based on different water regulations in different countries, manufacturers in the building and construction industries need to offer an alternative material to metal in parts they produce.

    09 Sep 2019

  • Viewpoint: Advancing polymers in automotive applications

    The quest among automobile manufacturers to reduce vehicle weight is driving an expanding use of advanced plastics in increasingly harsh and demanding environments. The need for new solutions has never been greater, and that need is not likely to disappear.

    23 Aug 2019

  • As turbocharging market grows, so does demand for new solutions, materials

    Much of the evolution in the automotive industry is focused on fuel efficiency and reducing under the hood space, therefore there is an increased use of turbocharging systems, plus, vehicles are being designed to maximize passenger space, increase pedestrian impact protection and decrease noise related capsulation.

    07 Aug 2019

  • Going the distance with high-voltage charging

    The automotive industry still has a few hurdles to overcome in the push to electric vehicles. Ultimately, the most effective electric vehicles will be designed with miniaturized components that reduce weight and the space they consume in the vehicle.

    29 Jul 2019

  • Automakers look to new solutions to meet Bharat Stage VI emission requirements

    Global automakers and Indian automotive companies have been working on solutions to meet the emission requirements. One of the latest developments is turbo-charged engines, which make it possible to deliver higher engine performance while meeting the new emission standards by integrating the charge air cooler (CAC) into the air intake manifold (AIM).

    01 Jul 2019

  • Can annealing improve material performance and lifespan?

    Finding the right balance in between manterial requirements has caused many manufacturers to avoid secondary processing steps such as annealing. However, annealing can result in a significant improvement on a part’s performance, and in this blog we’d like to dive a little deeper into the annealing process, its benefits and attention points.

    06 Jun 2019

  • Akulon® IG, a PA6/46 blend, offers the best of both worlds

    What do you get when you combine the strengths of DSM’s Stanyl and Akulon? You get the best of both worlds in Akulon IG. —a portfolio of material grades, suited to all processing techniques, including injection molding, that covers many applications.

    06 Jun 2019

  • DSM presents reflow best practices during 2019 Auto EPCON

    Kruger’s presentation focused on electronic components—the reflow process and key material properties for success. As the integration of electronics into automotive continues, compact design becomes more important, and to ensure safe and reliable operating during the vehicle’s lifetime, several requirements must be met.

    22 May 2019

  • Taking the heat: Laser direct structuring for e-scooter components

    Congested Asian cities generate an incredible demand for the growth of the e-scooter market. A number of e-scooter components require specialized materials. The DSM portfolio of materials is designed to meet the specific needs of these applications, including the use of Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) for electronics integration.

    16 May 2019

  • Choosing the right material solution

    As global growth of fully electric and hybrid vehicle powertrains accelerates, so is the need for increasingly effective vehicle thermal management systems (TMS). Since electric and hybrid systems face different design challenges, it is important to consider the unique needs of each application before specifying a material

    15 Mar 2019

  • Understanding chemical stability in plastic parts

    Chemical exposure can wreak havoc on plastic parts. Depending on the application, plastics can be exposed to a wide variety of chemicals at different temperatures and for various lengths of time. Some chemicals are absorbed by the polymer, and some attack the polymer. Both of these situations result in a change to the material properties.

    08 Mar 2019

  • Composites make the move into structural applications

    When it comes to reducing the weight of vehicles, every little bit helps to lower emissions. This is why DSM has been conducting a number of pilot-scale projects in automotive applications and our approach focuses on use of materials to lower automobile curb weight without compromising comfort or safety.

    20 Feb 2019

  • Akulon® XS: A PA6/66 alternative for blown film

    Flexible multi-layer films provide efficient, versatile and lightweight packaging designs with a low packaging to product ratio to extend the shelf-life of food. Akulon XS is a very good alternative for PA6/66 in blown films.

    23 Jan 2019

  • How smarter plastic packaging helps to reduce food waste

    Plastic packaging waste feeds another critical environmental issue: the plastic garbage patches floating in our oceans. At DSM, we find this threat to our ecosystem unacceptable, and work closely with APK to find outlets for high-quality re-granulates from solvent based recycling of complex multi-layer packaging.

    23 Nov 2018

  • Making the connection: Engineering Materials for the appliance industry

    The connected home and the smart grid are driving a transformation of the electrical goods industry. This extraordinary level of connectivity depends on many things, but one of the most elementary things of all is…the simple connector. DSM has come to the aid of appliance connector designers with advanced engineering plastics.

    15 Nov 2018

  • Plastics that take the heat

    As industry trends push us towards applications that produce higher heat, plastics play a fundamental role in improving electrical safety, and creating lighter and more fuel efficient vehicles. Yet how can these plastics take the heat in challenging applications, without affecting their mechanical performance?

    15 Nov 2018

  • Helping electronics manufacturers connect with color and functionality

    The leading engineers in the consumer electronics industry are no longer constrained by the design limitations of Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP). DSM Engineering Materials invented Stanyl—a high-performance nylon/polyamide (PA46) solution—to enable manufacturers to overcome persistent challenges.

    02 Nov 2018

  • Creating soft goods with a soft side

    With over 100 years of experience in material science, DSM helps consumer electronics companies differentiate their soft goods with engineering plastics that deliver exceptional touch, feel and performance.

    31 Oct 2018

  • Electronic integration in plastic parts

    Electronics place ever-higher demands on plastics. Driven forward by trends like miniaturization, thinnovation, increased electrification in automobiles, and the need for more design freedom, the industry is seeking new ways to deliver reliable electronic circuitry in ever-smaller packages and in challenging environments.

    30 Oct 2018

  • Finding sustainability inspiration in Silicon Valley

    The DSM Engineering Materials team in Silicon Valley, California has the privilege of working with some of the world’s most influential and innovative brands every day. Inspired by the example of our customers in Silicon Valley, DSM scientists are working every day to develop solutions to improve the nutrition, health and sustainable living around the world.

    24 Oct 2018

  • Five Plastics Finder Tips to Search Like a Pro

    To help customers and the industry overcome this challenge, DSM Engineering Materials recently launched plasticsfinder.com. In Plastics Finder, users can easily search technical details and application examples for more than 550 unique plastic grades in one easy and mobile-friendly website.

    02 Oct 2018

  • What if the automotive industry didn’t have engineering plastics?

    Engineering plastics have transformed the automotive industry and will continue to have a tremendous impact on the cars of the future.To help you imagine a world where plastics are not used in cars at all, let’s look at an example calculation of the cumulative impact of vehicles that weigh less.

    28 Sep 2018

  • Finding the right plastic for demanding oil and gas applications

    Today’s global oil and gas industry is no stranger to extremes. The challenges include corrosive seawater, abrasive conditions (sand/rock), chemical exposure and severe fluctuating temperatures. To meet and exceed the demands of such challenging applications, DSM Engineering Materials partners with its global customers across industries to develop next-generation material solutions.

    22 Aug 2018

  • Overcoming CARB evaporative emissions regulatory challenges

    For many years, regulatory agencies around the world have focused on reducing automotive and heavy-duty on-highway vehicle emissions, but more recently attention has shifted to the impact of small off-road engines for applications such as outdoor power equipment.

    11 Jul 2018

  • Circular economy needs innovative product design thinking

    Today, we have a linear economy. Things only go in one direction. We take, make and waste. The circular economy instead mimics nature, the circle of life. It is a way of designing products and services to reduce waste and pollution.

    22 Jun 2018

  • Meeting new automotive emissions standards in India

    India’s automotive industry is one of the largest in the world, and is in a state of transition. Developing lightweight parts also takes a partner who sees these challenges as opportunities, and drivers of innovation.

    04 Jun 2018

  • Computer-aided engineering: Accelerating the development of composite automotive parts

    As the automotive industry races to keep up with the needs of autonomous vehicles, ride sharing and electric propulsion, OEMs and tier partners need engineering tools that can help them cut development time without compromising on quality or safety. They simply cannot keep up with the rapid change of pace without simulation and virtual prototyping tools.

    30 Apr 2018

  • A sustainable future: Fact or science fiction?

    As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the age of AI and robotics, more science fictions will of course come true. The speed of change will accelerate, fueled by vast leaps forward in both technology and science.

    29 Mar 2018

  • How to survive the structural PA66 shortage

    Under current market conditions, the supply chain for polyamide 66 (PA66) is under pressure. With the surge in demand for developing lightweight vehicles and pushing the connectivity revolution forward, supply is too concentrated to reliably meet global demand.

    07 Mar 2018

  • DSM well positioned for connectivity revolution

    By Rob Crowell - Automotive and electronics markets are in a state of rapid change. Innovation will revolutionize the way these industries work, and will redefine competitiveness. Those enterprises that understand the need to innovate quickly will climb to the top of the market. Those that lag will struggle to hold on to their market share, or have difficulty catching up.

    21 Feb 2018

  • Controlling temperature is key for additive manufacturing

    By Patrick Duis, Innovation manager at DSM. This paper focuses on the development and challenges of bringing semi crystalline polymers for FFF to the market. Developments can be sped up by predicting processing and material compositions by modeling technologies including FFF, SLA, SLS and Multi Jet Fusion (MJF).

    10 Nov 2017

  • Will hydrogen drive a CO2 revolution in the automotive industry?

    By Abel Pot, Application Development Manager Powertrain. Hydrogen has the highest energy per mass of any fuel. But hydrogen’s low ambient temperature density results in a low energy per unit volume, requiring the development of advanced storage methods that have the potential for higher energy density.

    10 Nov 2017

  • Smartphone trends: The next generation of smartphone casing

    By Dr Tamim Peter Sidiki, Global Marketing Director Electronics. As smartphones near commoditization, OEMs are increasing focus to capture the new Wearables and Connected Home markets. Major changes are expected soon in smartphone technology, enabling OEMs to differentiate in a fiercely competitive environment

    10 Nov 2017

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