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Engineering Materials

Driving gear performance through material science innovations

DSM is a global leader in thermoplastic material science for automotive gears and actuation systems, offering a full portfolio of best-in-class material solutions and global application development support. Because of this commitment to global quality and application development expertise, each year approximately 100 million Stanyl® gears are used in more than 40 million automotive actuators!

Explore solutions for automotive gears & actuation

  • 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.

Explore DSM material solutions for gears & actuation

  • 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.

  • PA4T PPA - ForTii®

    ForTii has a unique PPA's technology with high amide density. The ForTii platform includes polymers that are the highest crystalline, highest melting point and highest glass transition temperature amongst all PPA.

  • PA46 - Stanyl®

    Stanyl is a high-performance aliphatic polyamide with a melting temperature of 295°C that due to its high crystallinity and fast crystallization speeds entails three key strengths.

Browse featured gears & actuation applications

Electric brake boosters

Automotive |

Higher torque and durability performance than PA66 and POM;Allows more compact actuator design and weight savings;Comparable performance to specialized materials without the need for expensive additives (e.g., carbon fiber or wear & friction optimizers) creates opportunities for cost savings

Electric parking brakes

Automotive |

Higher torque and durability performance than PA66 and POM;Allows more compact actuator design and weight savings;Comparable performance to specialized materials without the need for expensive additives (e.g., carbon fiber or wear & friction optimizers) creates opportunities for cost savings

Coolant valve actuators

Automotive |

Higher torque and durability performance than PPA and PA66;Allows more compact actuator design and weight savings;Comparable performance to specialized materials without the need for expensive additives (e.g., carbon fiber or wear & friction optimizers) creates opportunities for cost savings

Turbo actuators

Automotive |

Higher torque and durability performance than PPA and PA66;Allows more compact actuator design and weight savings;Comparable performance to specialized materials without the need for expensive additives (e.g., carbon fiber or wear & friction optimizers) creates opportunities for cost savings

Mirror actuators

Automotive |

Higher torque and durability performance than PPA and PA66;Allows more compact actuator design and also lower weight;Comparable performance to specialized materials without the need for expensive additives (e.g., carbon fiber or wear & friction optimizers) creates opportunities for cost savings

Seat actuators

Automotive |

Higher torque and durability performance than PPA and PA66;Allows more compact actuator design and also lower weight;Comparable performance to specialized materials without the need for expensive additives (e.g., carbon fiber or wear & friction optimizers) creates opportunities for cost savings

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Trunk actuators

Automotive |

Higher torque and durability performance than PPA and PA66;Allows more compact actuator design and also lower weight;Comparable performance to specialized materials without the need for expensive additives (e.g., carbon fiber or wear & friction optimizers) creates opportunities for cost savings

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Direct and easy access to our broad portfolio of high-performance plastics: find your grade or order a sample. You can also simply contact our Gears experts.

Find your Grade

Get your material grade selection based on torque, gear design and main boundary conditions, i.e. rotation speed and lubrication conditions. 

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DSM provides samples of selected products. Order a sample and find out more about our high performance plastics in Gears applications.

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Gain more gears & actuation innovation insights

  • Delivering high-performance gears for compact electric engine actuators

    Global automotive engine manufacturers require actuators that are highly durable, and sufficiently compact to fit in vehicles engine bays. For engine actuator suppliers, this means developing parts using material solutions that respond to customers’ design and performance requirements. A key challenge faced when meeting these needs is to find a material suitable for producing small-sized gears that fit into compact actuator designs and operate well in high-temperature under-the-hood conditions.

  • Optimizing gears for electric brake actuators

    As connected car technology continues to evolve, automotive OEMs are replacing vacuum and hydraulic brakes with electric braking systems. These systems improve fuel economy, enable a smoother driving experience, and can stop vehicles faster to prevent collisions. Electric brakes require several gear-driven actuators to maximize system efficiency and reliability. Since electric brake designs are highly compact, OEMs require actuator gears that are increasingly thin and extremely durable.

  • Manufacturing durable, lightweight gears for demanding comfort actuator applications

    Interior vehicle features that enhance the comfort of drivers and passengers influence customers’ purchasing decisions, and to meet consumer expectations, comfort systems require numerous actuators. As the demand for these parts is expected to play a significant role in driving the growth of the global automotive electric actuator market, manufacturers need to work with actuator gear suppliers that are prepared to deliver robust parts in a timely manner.

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