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.

High Performance Plastics for Safety restraints

There is nothing more important to our customers and their customers than safety. That’s why for the past 20 years we have developed a range of automotive materials that perform better for longer than metals and most plastics – yet also deliver commercial, environmental and design benefits.

Systems produced by our customers save tens of thousand lives every year and we are proud to contribute to that with our products.

Whether it’s airbag containers, brake tubes or the brake booster system itself, our materials and expertise bring one critical quality to the automotive industry: Reliability.

Safety systems need to be predictable, reliable and 100% dependable. That means zero variation in performance for components that have to work as hard - and in conditions as harsh - as any in the vehicle.

Whether it’s our award-winning Arnitel TPC or the industry leading Akulon polyamide 6, our thermoplastics operate in extreme conditions. And most importantly, they do this for the entire lifecycle of the vehicle.

Aside from reliability, our solutions are compelling for manufacturers because they increase efficiency and productivity in tough market conditions.

Our plastics are far lighter than metals and offer increased mechanical performance where it counts. This means components can be reduced in weight or size – and in some cases completely redesigned – often with entire steps (like vulcanization) removed.

In addition to lower system costs, there’s also a major environmental benefit. Production processes with less chemicals mean lower carbon footprint; and lighter vehicles that consume less fuel lead to reduced carbon emissions.

Browse our solutions

Airbag Containers

Automotive | Safety Restraint Systems Air Bag Systems

Akulon® PA6 allows for 40-60% weight reduction versus metal; Akulon® PA6 allows for reliable (safer since no metal bolts needed) and cost effective solutions versus metal (due to the possibility of function integration) and versus PA66 (PA6 more economical choice); Akulon® Ultraflow grades allow even for more cost effectiveness due to 25% cycle time advantage and due to high flowability enabling thinner walled designs

Brake Tubing with Arnitel® CM622

Automotive | Safety Restraint Systems Braking Systems

Arnitel® TPC allows for light weight solutions (75% lighter compared to rubber); Arnitel® TPC allows for cost effective solutions (up to 50% lower system costs than rubber); Arnitel® TPC allows for sustainable solutions (compared to PA12, Arnitel is a plasticizer free solution); Arnitel® TPC allows for reliable solutions due to its peak temperatures resistance up to 180°C – 200°C and its good heat aging due to continuous use temperatures 120°C – 170°C

Brake Booster Valve Bodies

Automotive | Safety Restraint Systems Braking Systems

Arnite® A allows for very reliable solutions, since it enables very tight tolerances (0.03 mm) due to very strict intern GF production specs and due to its great dimensional stability as a result of zero moisture uptake

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