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.

Building the next generation of engines with thermoplastics

Today’s downsized, turbo-charged engines generate very high temperatures. This makes it very challenging to replace metal engine components with plastics. Yet for engine components such as timing systems, oil sumps, and bearing cages, engineering plastics reduce friction compared with metals, which can have a substantial impact on fuel efficiency.

Our portfolio of materials includes grades engineered for high heat environments. For example, Stanyl has proven itself effective in continuous use temperatures over 200°C, and with peak temperatures up to 250°C. The material’s excellent tribological performance reduces friction in downsized engines. In valve timing systems, Stanyl provides excellent wear resistance in the powertrain, along with friction reduction that cuts fuel emissions by 1%.

On the processing side, our Akulon PA6 material has enabled major automotive brands to reduce the weight of oil sumps by up to 40% versus conventional metals, providing major cost savings and reduction in fuel emissions.

Browse our Engine 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.

  • Air Intake

    High heat resistant automotive plastics for air intake manifolds from DSM. Reduce weight, carbon emissions and system costs with no compromise on performance

  • Timing Drive Systems

    Learn why Stanyl® is the most popular thermoplastic material solution for automotive timing drive systems.

  • Exhaust

    High heat resistant plastics that truly resonate

  • Fuel

    Fuel for thought: Heat resistant plastics for fuel vapor systems

  • Oil/lubrification

    Akulon polyamide 6 from DSM is a high performance plastic ideal for use in oil systems and oil sumps. Find out how to reduce weight and system costs. Read more

  • Cooling

    Excellent hydrolysis resistance across a wide range of temperatures, with DSM’s extensive portfolio of materials based on polyamides 410 and 4T and Xytron

  • Elastic Belts

    Learn why DSM is the world’s leading supplier of advanced material solutions for high-performance elastic drive belts .

Featured Customer Applications

Automotive Bearing Cages

Automotive | Engine Transmission

Stanyl® PA46 allows for lightweight and cost effective solutions versus metal; Stanyl® PA46 allows for reliable solutions due to its better temperature resistance and weldline performance as compared to PA66and PPA, its higher creep & fatigue resistance in comparison with PA66 and PPA;S tanyl® PA46 allows for cost effective solutons due to faster cycle times in comparison with PA66 and PPA

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

The standard in high temperature components: Diablo

As engine designers are challenged to create smaller, lighter, more powerful systems, DSM is innovating the materials to make it possible.

DSM’s Diablo heat resistant technology is making Stanyl PA46 and Akulon PA66 the choice of the world’s leading car brands, by setting the standard for high temperature components.

Let’s talk about creating tomorrow’s engines today.

  • 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.

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.

Further reading

Fact sheet on our new diablo HDT grades                                                                   

Bright Science results in the world's first high heat plastic AIM/CAC combination

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