DSM to showcase automotive and mobile phone applicationsEngineering plastics at PlastIndia 2015Royal DSM, the global life sciences and material sciences company, will feature numerous new applications in automotive, mobile electronics and electrical equipment that incorporate its engineering plastics for high performance, low weight, and improved sustainability at PlastIndia 2015 to be held from 5 to 10 February, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. It will also showcase some of its most recently introduced new materials at Stand 14RD4.DSM has taken a leading position in the development of halogen-free flame retardant high performance polyamides that provide a more efficient, cost-effective and environment-friendly alternative to glass-reinforced thermoset composites in moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs)For the automotive sector, a major highlight is a new generation of Diablo high temperature resistant grades in DSM’s Stanyl polyamide 46 and Akulon polyamide 6 portfolios. The new Diablo grades are aimed at such engine compartment applications as air intake manifolds with integrated ducts and charge air coolers (CACs). The latest version of Stanyl Diablo polyamide 46 is able to withstand a continuous-use temperature of 230°C, while the new Akulon Diablo withstands a 220°C continuous-use temperature. Both new grades have improved resistance to short-term high temperature peaks.
EcoPaXX has just won an award in another automotive application, a lightweight multi-functional crankshaft cover. The part came at the top in the Powertrain category in the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Division Innovation Awards Competition. The EcoPaXX crankshaft cover is produced by DSM’s automotive component specialist partner KACO in Germany for the latest generation of diesel engines developed by the Volkswagen Group. It weighs around 40% less than a crankshaft cover with similar geometry made in aluminium. DSM is also emphasizing its extensive offering for Electrical and Electronics (E&E) applications, especially in mobile communications.
Green manufacturing practices
At PlastIndia 2015, DSM will also highlight the green manufacturing practices it applies to its own production operations. This September, the company inaugurated a Solar Technologies Demonstration Center at its facility in Pune, India, where it produces polyester and polyamide compounds. This state-of-the-art centre will showcase the performance of DSM’s innovations in solar technology, and will also reduce the plant’s CO2 footprint by using solar energy to meet 25% of the site’s electricity needs.
The DSM Engineering Plastics site in Pune now meets 50% of its total electricity requirements from renewable sources, and the company intends to raise the figure even higher. Before the opening of the Solar Technologies Demonstration Center, 25% of its energy already came from wind power. The site in Pune has established a strong track-record of highly efficient water management too. It was one of the first DSM sites anywhere to completely eliminate waste water from its production process. All water used on the site is treated, checked and reused for gardening purposes.
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Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in life sciences and materials sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders simultaneously. DSM Engineering Plastics is a global supplier of high-performance engineering thermoplastic solutions. It has a focused portfolio of products; and with each of them it has realized global leadership.