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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.

High Performance Plastics for Transmission

When looking for a truly original, sustainable – and good-looking - material for engine covers in the new Mercedes-Benz A-class, the auto giant chose a material that produces just 40% of the carbon dioxide of traditional chemical-based materials. EcoPaXX is a super-light, bio-based polyamide 410 made principally from castor beans - providing the perfect marriage of form and function…  Most importantly the engine cover - used on turbo-powered petrol-engine versions of the new A-Class - needed to perform in temperatures of up to 200°C. EcoPaXX has met this challenge through a deflection temperature under 1.8 MPa load (DTUL) of 200°C.

Meanwhile the reduced weight of the material has enabled the design of an engine cover that can resist high dynamic loads of engine vibrations. In fact the beauty cover weighs just 1.320kg yet…can survive continuous-use temperatures of 200°C, with short-term peaks of 235°C. This in turn has helped Mercedes-Benz achieve a 26 percent fuel consumption improvement based on previous models.

Lighter, tougher crankshaft covers - for Volkswagen

Producing high performance crankshaft covers with lower weight and system costs is every manufacturer’s goal: KACO and DSM joined forces to make it a reality by creating a crank shaft cover based on our biobased EcoPaXX polyamide 410 for Volkswagen.

The replacement of aluminum in this crankshaft cover – part of the MDB modular platform for diesel engines across its Audi, Seat, Škoda, and VW brands - has been achieved with a 45% reduction in weight and system costs.

And of course lower fuel consumption and carbon emissions: EcoPaXX is 70% bio-based and made principally from topical castor beans and is 100% carbon neutral from cradle to gate.

The results: crank shaft covers with zero material waste and even greater energy efficiency.

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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.

Crankshaft Covers

Automotive | Drivetrain Transmission

Suitable for strict chemical or dimensional stability requirements; Cost effective; Heat resistant; Creep resistant; Oil resistant; Fatigue resistant; Lightweight

Engine Cover with Air Inlet Filters

Automotive | Drivetrain Transmission

Reliable; High heat resistant; Great surface appearance; Low warpage levels; Cost effective; High flowability enables thin wall designs

Engine Covers

Automotive | Drivetrain Transmission

Reliable; High heat resistant; Great surface appearance; Low warpage levels; Cost effective; High flowability enables thin wall designs

Engine Covers (close to turbo charged components)

Automotive | Drivetrain Transmission

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

Pulley covers

Automotive | Drivetrain Transmission

Reliable; High heat resistance; Excellent surface appearance; Low warpage levels; Cost effective; High flowability enables thin wall designs

Rocker Valve Covers

Automotive | Drivetrain Transmission

Lightweight; Cost effective; Function integration; High flowability enables thin wall designs

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