DSM Engineering Plastics


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 & Electrical

Designing the latest in electrical and electronics for vehicles

In today’s vehicles with internal combustion engines, electronics represent 40% of the value of the car, versus about 5% in the 1970s. For electric or hybrid vehicles, that number jumps as high as 75%. As the industry continues to focus on reducing total vehicle weight and increasing electrification, four main trends are driving the development of new electrical parts and components: Mass reduction for cost savings, miniaturization, design flexibility, and better heat management.

Whether it’s for control modules, connectors, or a variety of other e-car parts, DSM’s broad portfolio of materials has grades specifically suited to each application. Our materials provide best-in-class heat performance, high-flow properties for the design of parts with thinner walls, and halogen-free flame retardancy.

Explore the design of parts that are more compact than their predecessors, with thin-wall components that can improve production cycle times by 25 to 40%. While more electrification of the vehicle also leads to higher voltage demands, our materials are engineered to minimize electrical breakdown in the form of tracking. With best-in-class heat performance, our materials easily withstand the high temperatures involved with surface-mount soldering techniques (SMT), as well as the high continuous use temperatures seen in more compact engine compartments.

Browse our electrical and electronics components portfolio

Featured Customer Applications

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.

Stanyl and ForTii for automotive electrical & electronics components

Electrification of cars is a worldwide trend and in this field the main topics for automotive E&E systems are miniaturization, heat management and design flexibility combined with the use of more environmentally responsible materials. Although it will still take several years before hybrid cars and electrical vehicles will be produced in substantial numbers, today we are already cooperating with various customers in the automotive industry in order to find the best solutions for various applications

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.

  • Safety in electrical & electronics

    Safety is a key concern whenever plastics and electronics meet, and in today’s digitized world, that happens with increasing frequency.

  • Flame retardancy

    The engineering plastics used in various electronics parts have to comply with strict flame retardancy requirements and more environmentally friendly solutions