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

Contact us for more information

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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