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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.

Chassis and structural reinforcements in DSM’s Akulon and Arnitel

Body parts and chassis – A big opportunity

As a major part of the vehicle, the chassis provides a significant opportunity for manufacturers to make better, safer, lighter, and more cost-efficient cars. Our next-generation thermoplastics replace traditional metals, other plastics, and rubber, while our team of application experts takes the time to understand your unique challenges and needs.

Whether it’s body plugs or major structural reinforcements to the chassis, we work side by side with OEM customers to develop customized solutions and lighter structural parts that change the face of the industry – no matter how complex and challenging the application field.

It begins with a precise understanding of how our materials behave in each situation. We gain this understanding via extensive crash testing of parts made from our materials. Our ongoing testing has proven that our Akulon® polyamide 6 and Arnitel® TPC (TPE-E) materials demonstrate better structural and mechanical properties than competitive materials. Akulon® is a tough material with excellent stiffness, while Arnitel® is ideal for rubber replacement with its combination of strength and flexibility. Both materials provide an obvious benefit over metal – they don’t rust.

Chassis and structural parts offer the opportunity to make dramatic design improvements, along with the financial and environmental benefits they bring. As OEMs continue to make vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient, we expect the plastic content of the average car to double from 12-14% today to 25% by 2020. What better place to reap the huge benefits of metal replacement than in the largest part of the vehicle?

Featured Customer Applications

Structural Reinforcements

Automotive | Body | Structural Parts

Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 yields up to 50% weight reduction and a NVH advantage versus metal; Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to its high temperature resistance and due to its good compatibility with the expansion rubber/foam applied on the moulded parts

Bike Body Plugs

Transportation | 2Wheelers

Stanyl® PA46 allows for reliable solutions due to its better mechanical properties at elevated temperatures in comparison with PA66 and PPA and due to its much better abrasion resistance and lower friction at elevated temperatures in comparison with PA66 and PPA

Boots and Bellows

Automotive | Body | Structural Parts

Arnitel® TPC allows for 20-40% lighter solutions than rubber and also more cost effective solutions than rubber; Arnitel® TPC allows for highly reliable solutions due to its high temperature resistance (more temperature resistance than TPV) and its good resistance against chemicals and greases

Front End Modules

Automotive | Body | Structural Parts

Akulon® PA6 allows for reliable soulutions due to more temperature resistance than PP and better surface appearance than PA66; Akulon® PA6 allows for more cost effective solutions than PA66; Akulon® UltraFlow allows for even more cost effectiveness, since it enables 25% thinner walls and up to 25 % faster moulding cycle times

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.

  • Downsizing & Miniaturization

    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.

  • Cost reduction & simplification

    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.

  • Strength, stiffness & fatigue

    As car manufacturers continuously focus on reducing weight to improve fuel efficiency, replacing metal parts with plastic remains a key challenge.