High Performance Plastics for seating
Drivers have the most interaction with the interior of the vehicle, making it a key area of focus as automobile manufacturers focus on improving the driving experience. Engineering plastics that look better and perform better than traditional materials like PP and PC-ABS represent a major, untapped opportunity. This is particularly true in applications where metal replacement provides benefits including weight reduction, improved processing efficiency, and reduced carbon emissions.
Building greener vehicles has become an imperative for OEMs, as regulators begin to impose hefty fines on non-compliant manufacturers. Akulon combines excellent strength, stiffness and impact resistance with excellent flow – even in highly reinforced grades like Akulon Ultraflow. This makes it easy to mold, and enables designers to re-engineer components with thinner walls and fewer individual parts – contributing to lighter vehicle weight, improved fuel efficiency, and lower system costs.
Akulon is ideal for applications such as gear housings, air vanes and pedals. The material also provides good colorability and surface quality, helping you to design high-quality vehicle interiors that stand up to the day-to-day use from even the busiest road warriors.
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.
Our Arnite portfolio includes high performance engineering polyester plastics (PBT, PET, and blends) that combine high strength and rigidity with excellent processing characteristics.
How will you design automotive components that meet the challenges of your industry, today and tomorrow? DSM offers high-performing plastic solutions, technologies and expertise for the extreme demands of next-generation vehicles.
Our materials are a driving force in producing automotive components that are extremely light; that reduce friction in the engine; and can operate in the most extreme heat. On the road to zero emissions It’s time to think differently. To think beyond metal. And above all, to think together.
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.
When we talk about Bright Science, Brighter Living, one of the core ideas we’re expressing is our concern for sustainability. That’s why we have integrated green design into our business.
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.
As car manufacturers continuously focus on reducing weight to improve fuel efficiency, replacing metal parts with plastic remains a key challenge.
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