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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.

Lighting

Plastics: A bright future in automotive lighting

Lighting for vehicles places great demands on the materials used, yet it also has the potential for big rewards. Some of the application’s greatest challenges include outgassing, miniaturization, and creating new designs that are brighter and safer. At DSM, our track record in lighting dates back more than 30 years. Today, we are squarely focused on helping our customers produce innovative lighting systems that are smaller, greener and brighter, while also being cost-efficient.

Our portfolio of materials includes grades suited to a wide variety of lighting applications, including front light frames, bezels, lens holders, cable coatings, lamp holders and sockets, and thermally conductive plastic solutions for LED systems.

Our team of material scientists have been working to tackle the challenge of outgassing since 2002 – and have found a solution with our Arnite T XL material. From there, we have extended our knowledge and experience to other components, including our low-outgassing Arnite A XL materials for AFL/DBL frames. This material is now being used in smart headlight systems for vehicles with a more premium price point.

We see great potential for thermoplastics to play an increased role in daytime running light systems – to help conserve energy and reduce the carbon footprint. We’re also working with customers in the development of new pedestrian safety concepts, as well as further expanding and optimizing the use of LED, xenon and halogen lighting systems.

Browse our solutions

Bezels and AFL Frames

Automotive | Exterior | Automotive Lighting

Arnite® XL allows for 40-50% lighter weight solutions versus metal; Arnite® XL allows for reliable solutions due to its very low outgassing behaviour ensuring good long term road visibility, its high dimensional stability (as compared to PA) resulting in less beam vibration (enabling switch to LED/Xenon and AFL/DBL); Arnite® XL allows for cost effective solutions as compared with PPS and PPA

Foglamps

Automotive | Exterior | Automotive Lighting

Arnite® XL-T allows for 40-50% lighter weight solutions versus metal; Arnite® XL allows for reliable solutions due to its good thermoconductivity (20 C lower surface temperatures than with standard grades) its very low outgassing behaviour ensuring good long term road visibility, its high dimensional stability (as compared to PA) resulting in less beam vibration (enabling switch to LED/Xenon and AFL/DBL); Arnite® XL-T allows for cost effective solutions as compared with PPS and PPA

LED Headlight Lighting Modules and Lensholders

Automotive | Exterior | Automotive Lighting

Arnite® XL-T allows for reliable solutions due to its heat deflection temperature (HDT) of 250°C, its thermoconductivity and its low outgassing and excellent textured surface finish in dark colours implying high design freedom; Arnite® XL-T allows for cost effective and light weight solutions as compared to PES, PEI and PPA, since aluminum heatshields are not necessary when using XL-T

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.

DSM's Akulon polyamide 6 grades eliminate the need for painting in automotive exterior parts

For automotive exterior applications, look and feel are both very important. DSM has proven its performance in this market with the right materials for years for e.g. mirror housing and door handles. Today we also offer a reinforced Akulon® polyamide 6 for unpainted exterior automotive parts that require very good surface quality. By eliminating the need to paint such exterior parts, DSM is making a major contribution to unit cost savings without compromising on quality.

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.

  • Flame retardancy

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

  • Narrow tolerances

    In the ongoing quest to do more with less, some automotive applications prove more challenging than others.

  • Strength, stiffness & fatigue

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

Further reading

  • Automotive lighting applications

    Automotive lighting applications: Weight reduction and lower environmental impact

  • Consumer-hdr

    DSM Engineering Plastics' webshop

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    Integrated Functionality in High-Temperature LDS Assemblies: The added value solution in electronics

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