Engineering Materials

Advancing Material Science for Connectors

DSM is an experienced leader in material science for connectors. Each year, DSM materials such as Akulon®, Arnite®, EcoPaXX®, ForTii® and Stanyl® are used to manufacture safe and reliable connectors for millions of new vehicles. Today’s automotive connectors are more important than ever before, connecting an increasing number of critical active safety and driver assistance systems.

Learn why the global leaders in vehicle connectivity trust DSM for cutting-edge material science, global manufacturing capability, and experienced application development support.        

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Automotive Reflow Connectors

Automotive | Auto Electronics & Electricals E-Components

Reliable; High temperature resistant; High melting point; Cost effective; High co-planarity; Low warpage after soldering; High mechanical performance; High flowability enables thin wall designs

Automotive wire-to-wire / wire-to-board connectors

Automotive | Auto Electronics & Electricals E-Components

Reliable; Cost effective; High temperature resistance; High mechanical properties; Electrical insulation properties; Flowability enables thin wall designs; High melting point; Strength; Rigidity

High-temperature automotive connectors

Automotive | Auto Electronics & Electricals Connectors

W2W: PBT, PA6, PA66, PA46 Standard: PA66, PA46, PA6, PBT Reflow: PA46, PA4T

Fuse Holders

Automotive | Auto Electronics & Electricals E-Components

Stanyl® PA46 also used in connectors, e-motor parts, bobbins, sensors, fuse boxes.

Automotive PBT connectors

Automotive | Auto Electronics & Electricals

Arnite PBT HR performance at elevated temperatures becomes a bridge material between commodity and speciality, which essentially fills in the performance gap without jumping to specialty prices.

Car computer control system

Automotive |

Application requirements Superior mechanical and electrical performance Dedicated color portfolio High mechanical strength No blistering Material properties CTI 600V, RTI 140°C Halogen-free and free of ionic heat stabilizers HB and UL94 V0 option High mechanical strength

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ForTii® F11

30% Glass Reinforced

ForTii® F11 has an excellent balance in flow, toughness and stiffness, enabling thin walls or complicated geometries for E&E applications. F11 is all-color VDE approved, has a high RTI electrical rating of 140°C at 0.75 mm and a CTI ≥800V rating to secure thermal ageing and electrical performance.

ForTii® F11 has an excellent balance in flow, toughness and stiffness, enabling thin walls or complicated geometries for E&E applications. F11 is all-color VDE approved, has a high RTI electrical rating of 140°C at 0.75 mm and a CTI ≥800V rating to secure thermal ageing and electrical performance.

ForTii® F11 has an excellent balance in flow, toughness and stiffness, enabling thin walls or complicated geometries for E&E applications. F11 is all-color VDE approved, has a high RTI electrical rating of 140°C at 0.75 mm and a CTI ≥800V rating to secure thermal ageing and electrical performance.

  • PA4T
  • Electro-friendly
  • Halogen free and free of red phosphorous
  • Certified V-0 at 0.2mm
  • Phosphorous free
  • VDE certified

Arnite® TV4 261

30% Glass Reinforced

Arnite® (PBT, PET and blends) are high-performance engineering plastics that combine high strength and rigidity with excellent processing characteristics. As a result, Arnite® A (PET)  and Arnite® T (PBT) are well suited for a broad range of automotive, electrical & electronic and consumer goods applications.

A wide portfolio of Arnite® is available including unreinforced, reinforced and flame retardant grades.

Stanyl® TE250F6

30% Glass Reinforced

Stanyl® TE250F6 is an electro-friendly & flame-retarded high heat polyamide that offers excellent creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow.

Stanyl® TE250F6 is an electro-friendly & flame-retarded high heat polyamide that offers excellent creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow.

Stanyl® TE250F6 is an electro-friendly & flame-retarded high heat polyamide that offers excellent creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow.

  • Heat Stabilized
  • Flame Retardant

Learn innovation insights

  • Improving ADAS performance while reducing costs

    Technology enabling greater connectivity is transforming the automotive industry. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are key to enabling connected cars and in the future, autonomous vehicles are expected use ADAS that includes 40 sensors or more. As a result, the global ADAS market is forecasted to achieve a 17% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2026 – prompting automotive suppliers to increase their investments in the technology.

  • Reducing the risk of electronic failure in vehicles with halide-free materials

    As automotive electronics become more powerful and complex, they generate higher power levels and more heat, increasing the risk of electrical failure and fire. Some suppliers use ionic additives to improve the thermal and flame retardant performance of the components used. These additives can form acids that corrode electrical contacts after prolonged exposure to heat and moisture, causing an electronic component to fail or change its characteristics, which may compromise a vehicle safety feature, such as a sensor.

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