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Engineering Materials

Driving the gears of material science innovation

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 braking systems

  • Braking Gears & Actuators

    Learn why the world’s leading manufacturers of electric braking systems trust DSM thermoplastic materials for high-performance gears and actuation systems.

  • 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.

  • Comfort system gears

    Learn why the world’s leading automakers use DSM materials to enhance the performance and reliability of automotive actuation systems.

Learn 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.

  • Tech Talk: Advanced material selection for automotive gears & actuation

    Engineers have faced the challenges of lightweighting gears and actuation systems at temperatures higher than 120°C without compromising on performance. During this 30-minute Tech Talk, key recommendations will be given based on experience working with global automakers on advanced thermoplastic material solutions for gears and actuation systems.

Explore material solutions for gears

  • 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.

Explore featured gear 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

Transmission Control Gears

Transportation | 2Wheelers

Stanyl® PA46 allows for light weight solutions versus metal; Stanyl® PA46 allows for reliable solutions due to its better mechanical properties at elevated temperatures in comparison with PA66 and PPA and due to its much better abrasion resistance and lower friction at elevated temperatures in comparison with PA66 and PPA

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