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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.

Exterior rearview mirrors with low weight and reduced costs

High Performance Plastics for Mirrors

Mirror adjustment housings are built to last with Arnite® XT polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This high-performance portfolio of thermoplastics meets the lightweight and durable needs of the automotive industry by providing superior dimensional stability, durability and unsurpassed batch-to-batch consistency.

For its MR5 range of mirror adjustment housings, Magna Auteca was seeking a replacement for polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) that improved the durability performance of this new application.

Through more than a year of intensive testing during the validation period, Arnite XT outperformed PBT, polyamide 66 (PA66), polyphthalamide (PPA) and competitive PET products on every single test, due to its high dimensional stability, stiffness and strength, and excellent wear and friction properties. Arnite XT was selected as the material of choice for Magna’s mirror adjustment housings, making the part lighter than the original aluminum design and more durable than the PBT replacement.

The result: A more durable part that contributes to lower carbon footprint (less weight equals less fuel consumption).

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Exterior Mirror Bases

Automotive | Exterior | Mirrors

Akulon® PA6 allows for light weight solutions as compared to metal; Akulon® PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to high weldline performance and temperature resistance (better than PP) and to its great surface appearance (better than PA66) and UV resistance (in case of L-stabilized grades); Akulon® PA6 allows for cost effective solutions as compared to PA66; Akulon® Ultraflow grades allow even for more cost effectiveness due to 25% cycle time advantage and due to high flowability enabling thinner walled designs

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