Engineering Materials

DSM in Engineering Materials

In close partnership with our customers, we develop innovative high performance material solutions for a smarter world.


Solutions for a smarter world

Material engineering faces evolving market dynamics. Connectivity, mobility and advanced technologies inspire people to live safer, healthier and more convenient lifestyles. While this transformation is exciting, companies face challenges in staying current with materials innovations for their continuously changing design challenges. Partnering with a materials expert will help to realize first-time-right designs.

DSM offers application expertise, design support, materials innovation and a broad materials portfolio with global support and security of supply. As a global top-3 supplier in polyamides, high temperature PAs and elastomers, DSM is a partner of leading multinationals. Nine out of ten cars and nearly every electronics device contains a DSM material.

In-depth industry expertise

As a global supplier of high-performance plastics, DSM has built global leadership positions in a wide variety of industries by designing and developing better, smarter, stronger, safer, smaller, lighter, longer-lasting or more sustainable solutions. Our dedicated teams of industry-experts, scientists and engineers work closely together with our customers to find ways to realize the impossible, 24/7 and across the globe.

  • Automotive

    Our innovative high performance plastics are developed to meet a wide variety of technological challenges in automotive. Browse these pages to learn more about how our industry experts, scientists and engineers work hand in hand with our customers to develop next generation solutions.

  • Building & construction

    Building and construction are often resource-heavy activities. Today, engineering plastics can replace conventional materials in a wide variety of applications – improving performance while reducing environmental impact.

  • Consumer goods

    Our portfolio of engineering plastics are developed with the knowledge that technology and innovation go hand-in-hand. They’re used across a broad range of consumer goods, including white goods, food packaging, and sporting equipment.

  • Electrical

    DSM provides performance materials for a range of electrical applications including switchgears connectors and lighting and deliver on trends like thinnovation

  • Electronics

    DSM provides materials for electronic applications and components for developing products which are thinner, smaller and greener . View our portfolio.

  • Renewable energy

    DSMs high-quality portfolio includes materials for a broad range of applications – both to meet the demands of existing energy companies, as well as enabling a future built on more sustainable energy.

  • Medical

    A leading global supplier of high-performance plastics for the medical industry.

  • Industrial equipment

    Industrial equipment is driven by multitudes of mechanical parts. As we continue to develop new and better engineering plastics, we are helping our customers develop mechanical parts that are higher quality, safer, more sustainable, and more cost-efficient.

  • Transportation

    Engineering plastics have the power to transform the transportation industry by making it smarter, safer, lighter, and greener. Know more about our solutions.

Explore our product portfolio

  • PA6 & PA66 - Akulon®

    Akulon polyamide 6 & 66 resins represent the best value in all-purpose engineering materials, offering an excellent balance of design and processing with outstanding mechanical properties in diverse operating environments.

  • PA46 - Stanyl®

    Stanyl is a high-performance aliphatic polyamide with a melting temperature of 295°C that due to its high crystallinity and fast crystallization speeds entails three key strengths.

  • PA4T PPA - ForTii®

    ForTii has a unique PPA's technology with high amide density. The ForTii platform includes polymers that are the highest crystalline, highest melting point and highest glass transition temperature amongst all PPA.

  • PET & PBT - Arnite®

    Our Arnite portfolio includes high performance engineering polyester plastics (PBT, PET, and blends) that combine high strength and rigidity with excellent processing characteristics.

  • TPC - Arnitel®

    Arnitel is a high-performance ThermoPlastic Copolyester (TPC) that offers you a unique combination of flexibility, high temperature resistance and strength - plus excellent processing characteristics.

  • PPS - Xytron™

    Xytron is a high performance plastics compound based on linear polyphenylene sulfide. Xytron offers extreme chemical resistance, dimensional stability, and is intrinsically flame retardant.

  • PA410 - EcoPaXX®

    EcoPaXX is a high-performance aliphatic, biobased polyamide that uniquely balances the benefits of typical short and long chain polyamides, such as low moisture uptake and high mechanical performance.

  • PA6 & PA66 - Novamid®

    Specialty Polyamides based on PA6, PA66, PA6/66 with grades that offer performances that go beyond the standard range. A wide variety of grade customizations are available to meet specific demands.

Featured blog posts

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Upcoming events

  • August 26 WEBINAR - Optimizing performance of plastic gears in household appliances

    Timing: 10.00 – 10.30 hrs. CEST (4:00-4:30 am EDT) or 15.30 – 16.00 hrs. CEST (9:30-10:00 EDT)

    Household appliances often rely on compact drive mechanisms that make use of small plastic gears. Depending on the application’s duty cycle, design and the materials used, gears may be prone to failures leading to a loss of functionality. During this webinar, Adnan Hasanovic, technical manager at DSM Engineering Materials, addresses why advanced materials are the best choice to optimize gear performance. You will learn all about the material solutions often applied in gear components used in household appliances.

A scientific approach to building solutions

Our dedicated teams work closely with customers to look at the entire process of developing new parts and components – whether it is a case of metal replacement, or developing solutions that are stronger, safer and more effective.

Our methodical approach extends to every step of the process, from design and material performance to production and compliance.

  • Design

    Discover the new high-performing plastic solutions for the extreme demands of next-generation example.

  • Performance

    To ensure safety and part integrity, our high-performance plastics need to meet all of the relevant requirements for each application.

  • Production

    Improving on a part includes improving how it is produced. We can help you to improve the production and secondary operations processes.

  • Compliance

    Getting a part ready for commercialization includes ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations.

Customer cases

Improving Ram truck hot charge air duct performance

The improved hot charge air ducts in the 2020 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel delivers higher peak temperature capability, superior strength, thermal cycling performance, and strength-retention after heat aging compared to PA66-based alternatives.

Commited to Apple’s 100% Clean Energy Production program

DSM Engineering Materials is proud to participate in Apple's Clean Energy Program. We commit to power all of our Apple production with 100 percent clean energy.

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