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.

Reducing friction and replacing metal in the drivetrain

Parts in the drivetrain have to work in very challenging conditions. In addition to exposure to high heat and corrosive chemicals, drivetrain parts need excellent wear performance since they are perpetually in motion. At the same time, manufacturers are looking to reduce weight via metal replacement, and cost on the production of drivetrain parts, including Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) systems, elastic belts, belt tensioner bushings, and damper pulleys and elements.

Stanyl has proven an effective replacement for aluminum in FEAD systems, in particular for the tensioner. Manufacturers are selecting this high-performance thermoplastic with increasing frequency due to its excellent wear resistance and noise reduction, as well as heat and chemical resistance in an environment exposed to dirt, rain, under-the-hood grease and oil, and high engine temperatures.

This material has also proven itself effective for Dual Mass Flywheels, which require more damping and movement of the tensioner with the potential for higher temperatures and more wear, as well as for automotive cords that withstand extreme noise, vibration and harshness. For cords, Stanyl helps manufacturers realize reductions in both weight and cost, while reducing creep compared with PA66, and providing more stretch than PET cords.

In addition to Stanyl, our portfolio includes a range of materials for other applications. For automotive pulleys, our high-flow Akulon PA6 produces pulleys that keep their shape and last longer. With a lower injection molding temperature than PA66, Akulon Ultraflow generates less temperature loading on the bearing being over-molded, extending the lifetime of the pulley.

Browse our Drivetrain components portfolio

  • Engine Management Actuators

    Automotive brands are under pressure to comply with vehicle emission regulations. More OEMs are leveraging electric engine actuators that improve fuel efficiency. Yet, finding material solutions ideal for producing thin and reliable actuator gears is a challenge.

  • E-drivetrain

    Electrical insulation applications made from materials that withstand the harshest temperatures and conditions over an extended period.

  • CV Joints

    The Constant Velocity Joint boot has to cope with tough operating conditions – which is why our Arnitel TPC is ideal for Cr-rubber replacement.

  • Bearing Cages

    Learn more about DSM’s best-in-class thermoplastic material solutions for high-performance bearing cages.

Featured customer applications

Front End Accessory Drive Parts: Belt Tensioner,Damping bands, Shoes and Bushings

Automotive | Engine Valve Train

Allows for lightweight and more economical solutions; Allows for more reliable solutions; Provides higher stiffness and chemical resistance

Engine Covers (close to turbo charged components)

Automotive | Drivetrain Transmission

Low moisture uptake; High temperature resistance; Low warpage; Sustainable

CVT Transmission Systems: Scoop Snubbers

Automotive | Drivetrain CV Joints

Heat-stabilized; Lubricated; Allows for lightweight and more economical solutions; Allows for more reliable solutions; Provides higher stiffness and chemical resistance.
  • PA6 & PA66 - Akulon®

    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.

  • PA410 - EcoPaXX®

    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.

Featured products

With our broad, high-quality materials portfolio and in-depth technology know-how, we work in close collaboration with customers to develop new applications in response to the search for lighter, stronger and more durable materials.

Here's a selection of some of our most recognized brands and products, keeping you ahead of the curve and enabling you to lead the market through the use of cutting-edge technology.

How can we help you?

We take 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.

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