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Engineering Materials

DSM in 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.

Meeting the extreme in automotive

The future of the automotive industry is rapidly changing. The era of internal combustion engines as a single power source is ending, indicating a transformation that makes vehicles cleaner. To get there, we need engineering plastics that are capable of meeting extreme challenges.

Our portfolio of tough yet lightweight plastics are driving manufacturers to produce automotive components that are extremely light, reduce engine friction, and can operate in extreme environments – particularly at very high temperatures. All of these characteristics lead to reducing emissions, as well as system costs.

It’s time for the automotive industry to think differently. To work together to move beyond metal to create lighter, more advanced vehicles with drastically smaller carbon footprints.

Customer case studies

Ford Motor Company and DSM win SPE Automotive Innovation Award

The modified PA46 Stanyl HGR2 made the Ford Motor Company and DSM win the 2017 SPE Automotive Innovation Award. Developed by DSM, this low-friction, high wear-resistance material is used in chain tensioner arms.

Stanyl® Diablo adopted in first high-volume, high-heat plastic AIM/CAC combination

DSM has collaborated with Tier One automotive supplier Mahle GmbH to develop the world’s first high-volume use of high-heat plastic in an air intake manifold (AIM) that integrates a water-cooled charge air cooler (CAC).

Meeting the challenges of tomorrow

How will you design automotive components that meet the challenges of your industry, today and tomorrow? DSM offers high-performing plastic solutions, technologies and expertise for the extreme demands of next-generation vehicles.

Our materials are a driving force in producing automotive components that are extremely light; that reduce friction in the engine; and can operate in the most extreme heat. On the road to zero emissions It’s time to think differently. To think beyond metal. And above all, to think together.

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Browse applications in automotive

  • Braking

    Learn how DSM helps manufacturers leverage advanced material science to improve the performance and safety of automotive braking systems.

  • Body & Chassis

    Body plugs, structural reinforcements and chassis made of Akulon polyamide 6 and Arnitel TPC (TPE-E) make better, safer, lighter, and more cost-efficient cars

  • Drivetrain

    Drivetrain components have to work in very challenging conditions. Stanyl has proven an effective replacement for aluminum in FEAD systems, especially for the tensioner

  • Engine

    Engine components such as timing systems, oil sumps, and bearing cages - engineering plastics reduce friction compared with metals, which gives fuel efficiency.

  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells

    Fuel cell systems need to use materials that are pure. If not, ion leaching and hydrolytic and heat aging can occur. These two failure modes and the risks and consequences can hurt your brand image. Impure materials increase the risk of ion leaching, and higher water absorbing materials show more ion leaching, which you do not want. Also, impure materials increase the risk of hydrolytic and heat ageing— PA9T and PA66 are not good performers.

  • Exterior

    Our broad portfolio of materials has grades suited to a wide range of exterior applications – for both painted and unpainted parts.

  • Interior

    Drivers have the most interaction with the interior of the vehicle, making it a key area of focus as automobile manufacturers focus on improving the driving experience.

  • Steering

    Reducing the weight of electronic power steering systems (EPS) without compromising driver safety has proven a great challenge to the industry. Learn more

  • Suspension

    The suspension system is essential to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable ride – with reduced noise, vibration and harshness for the driver and passengers.

  • Thermal management

    Learn how DSM helps manufacturers leverage advanced material science to improve the performance and reliability of automotive thermal management systems.

A scientific approach to building solutions

Our dedicated teams work closely with our 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.

  • Downsizing & Miniaturization

    As our economy places more focus on efficiency, industry is responding by creating products that are thinner, lighter, and smaller – with the same or more functionality.

  • Narrow tolerances

    In the ongoing quest to do more with less, some automotive applications prove more challenging than others.

  • Wear & Friction

    As car manufacturers seek to meet more strict legislation on tailgate emissions, a key area of focus is the reduction of wear and friction in the engine and transmission.

  • Flame retardancy

    The engineering plastics used in various electronics parts have to comply with strict flame retardancy requirements and more environmentally friendly solutions

Further reading

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Our Automotive Portfolio at a glance

For more than 25 years DSM has worked with the automotive industry to design better, smarter, safer, lighter – and increasingly greener components.

High performance plastic gears

We’ve been solving our customers’ gear and wear & friction problems for decades. Whether you’re looking to reduce weight, cut noise or improve safety, our portfolio of materials exhibit superior stiffness, fatigue and wear resistance and are proven to deliver results when it really counts.

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