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.

Electronic power steering systems – Maximum safety, minimum weight

Reducing the weight of electronic power steering systems (EPS) without compromising driver safety has proven a great challenge to the industry. Our Arnite XT engineering plastic is ideal for replacing metal in the EPS due to its excellent mechanical performance.

The material delivers up to 50% weight reduction over metal in EPS systems, with a cost reduction of 10 to 40%, depending on the region and complexity of production. This significant reduction was recognized by Frost & Sullivan in 2014, where we lead the industry in “enhancing value for Tier 1 suppliers of steering systems by establishing a new benchmark in weight reduction”.

Our solution is proven safe, meeting the stringent safety requirements for impact, strength and torque tests, one-time misuse tests, high temperature exposure, and long-term durability. Its safety is based on a Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) system that covers safety in design, processing, and the material across the entire value chain – from our raw materials to the finished part.

Featured Customer Applications

EPS Steering Housings

Automotive | Steering EPS

Arnite® A (PET) has a long standing track record in brake booster valve housings.

EPS gears

Automotive | Steering EPS

Allows for lightweight and more economical solutions; Allows for more reliable solutions; Provides higher stiffness and chemical resistance
  • 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.

  • TPC - Arnitel®

    TPC - Arnitel®

    Arnitel is a high-performance ThermoPlastic Copolyester (TPC) that offers you a unique combination of flexibility, high temperature resistance and strength - plus 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.


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.

Further reading

Bright science means reducing weight while keeping safety at the highest level

Meet the extreme in safe and sustainable EPS steering system

Frost & Sullivan honours DSM for enhancing value for Tier 1 suppliers of steering systems by establishing a new benchmark in weight reduction of EPS Systems

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