To offer a drop-in solution to overcome the PA66 shortage, we developed an alternative material: The Akulon® IG series is a portfolio of material grades made by combining the strength of PA6 and PA46 – two materials that are fully independent of the Adiponitrile/hexamethyldiamine supply.
Performance benefits, PA66 shortage driving increased bio-based plastics use in automotive
Despite the clear sustainability benefits, for many years bio-based plastics have struggled to grow beyond a few niche applications in the automotive industry.
However, this is starting to change as automakers discover some of the unique performance characteristics a bio-based resin can provide versus more traditional materials.
Recently, we joined Composites World magazine to discuss this trend, as well as the growing use of bio-based resins for composite applications, particularly those using unidirectional tapes.
DSM’s EcoPaXX line of PA410 bio-based engineering plastics uses the castor bean to leverage a carbon-neutral feedstock while providing the following unique benefits:
- Cost comparable: As a global PA66 shortage continues, EcoPaXX offers a sustainable alternative that doesn’t sacrifice performance.
- Saves weight: Since EcoPaXX maintains its strength during aging, this enables thin-walled parts that reduce weight by 30% over alternatives such as PA66.
- Utilize existing tooling: With EcoPaXX, there is no need to invest in new tooling since it can be molded using the same processes as PA66.
- Resists moisture: EcoPaXX absorbs 30% less moisture than PA66 and even 40% less than PA66, offering additional benefits over traditional polyamides in terms of dimensional stability and hydrolysis resistance.
Two-wheeler technical know-how: DSM’s materials provide strength & durability that electric scooters need
A number of e-scooter components require specialized materials to ensure safe and reliable performance. DSM’s portfolio includes materials designed to meet the specific needs of these applications.
Building a more sustainable high-performance tire
DSM's Arnitel family of thermoplastic elastomers is helping tire manufacturers "reinvent the wheel" by developing non-pneumatic tires.
UD tapes—the building blocks of the automobile of the future
Automotive companies are always on the lookout for new solutions to help meet these consumer demands and emission standards, and unidirectional tapes (UD tapes) may be the material of choice moving forward.
DSM presents how electronics & automotive trends impact polyamides
Dr. Tamim P. Sidiki, global marketing director for DSM Engineering Plastics, discussed current and future trends in electronics and automotive markets at the Performance Polyamides conference, in Troy, Michigan.
How to survive the structural PA66 shortage
Under current market conditions, the supply chain for polyamide 66 (PA66) is under pressure. With the surge in demand for developing lightweight vehicles and pushing the connectivity revolution forward, supply is too concentrated to reliably meet global demand.
How engineering plastics are powering electric vehicle growth
As consumer acceptance of electric vehicles continues to rise, the need for equivalently advanced material solutions in growing. DSM offers a wide range of product portfolio which addresses these diverse needs.
Choosing the right material solution
As global growth of fully electric and hybrid vehicle powertrains accelerates, so is the need for increasingly effective vehicle thermal management systems (TMS). Since electric and hybrid systems face different design challenges, it is important to consider the unique needs of each application before specifying a material
Plastic gears help to lightweight vehicles, increase fuel efficiency
Sintered metal gears are being replaced with high-performance plastic gears in automobiles because the demand to lightweight vehicles and increase fuel efficiency is far from just a trend—it is driven by meeting new and upcoming legislation to reduce emissions.
Going the distance with high-voltage charging
The automotive industry still has a few hurdles to overcome in the push to electric vehicles. Ultimately, the most effective electric vehicles will be designed with miniaturized components that reduce weight and the space they consume in the vehicle.