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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.

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

  • High-temperature Gear

    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.

  • Clutch

    High Performance Plastics for clutch release bearings.

  • 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.

Featured customer applications

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

Automotive | Engine Valve Train

Stanyl® PA46 allows for reliable solutions (Extended Tensioner Life, Reduced / eliminated warranty claims) due to its unmatched dry running wear & friction performance at elevated temperatures, its damping capability (consistent Frictional Properties Minimal or no slip / stick), its superior creep Resistance at elevated temperatures; Stanyl® PA46 allows for new posible designs

Engine Covers (close to turbo charged components)

Automotive | Drivetrain Transmission

EcoPaXX® PA410 allows for reliable solutions to its high temperature resistance (better than PA6), its great surface appearanceand low warpage level; EcoPaXX® PA410 allows for more sustainable solutions due to its excellent carbon footprint (70% biobased) as compared to PA6 and PA66

CVT Transmission Systems: Scoop Snubbers

Automotive | Drivetrain CV Joints

Stanyl® TW341 PA46 allows for sustainable solutions (up to 1 g/km lower CO₂ emissions) because of lower friction coefficients at elevated temperatures compared to PA66; Stanyl® PA46 allows for reliable solutions (7 times longer life time) due its higher abrasion resistance in comparison with PA66; Stanyl® PA46 allows for cost effective solutions due to faster cycle times in comparison with PA66
  • 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.

  • Wear & Friction

    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

    Flame retardancy

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

  • Downsizing & Miniaturization

    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.

  • Cost reduction & simplification

    Cost reduction & simplification

    Plastics offer a solution that is lighter in weight than metal and rubber. In addition, plastics enable the production of parts with complex geometries, meaning its possible to convert a number of components into a single, simplified part.

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