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.

Engineering plastics: The real inside story

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.

Browse our Interior applications

Featured Customer Applications

HVAC lamellae

Automotive | Interior HVAC

Reliable; High heat resistance; Great surface appearance; Lightweight; Cost effective; High flowability enables thin wall designs

Pedals and Pedal Boxes

Automotive | Interior Pedal System

Reliable; Heat resistant; Great surface appearance; Lightweight; Cost effective; High flowability enables thin wall designs
  • 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.

  • PET & PBT - Arnite®

    PET & PBT - Arnite®

    Our Arnite portfolio includes high performance engineering polyester plastics (PBT, PET, and blends) that combine high strength and rigidity with excellent processing characteristics.

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.

Meet the extreme: DSM in Automotive

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.

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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.

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