AutoFocus #17: May 2012


Welcome to the May 2012 edition of AutoFocus, the global e-Newsletter bringing you the latest on high performance polymers solutions in Automotive. This edition covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from the choice of material for Ford EcoBoost turbocharger air ducts, to the improved tough-duty oil seal performance Tuff Seals achieved by using Viton®, and why Tata Toyo adopted Zytel® Plus for added durability in charge air coolers.


But the dramatic event that took place at the Evonik site in Marl, Germany, on March 31, led us to “stop the press” to include an urgent special article to help the automotive industry circumvent the PA12 polymer shortage through alternative material choices.


The AF team hopes you will find this edition interesting and informative, and as always, if you would like to comment on any of the articles or wish to know more, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Patrick Cazuc, Automotive Marketing Manager EMEA, DuPont Performance Polymers

Ford EcoBoost uses DuPont polymers

Hot and cold side turbocharger ducts of DuPont™ Zytel® and Hytrel® and connectors of Crastin® replace metal and rubber in Ford's new F-150 3.5-liter V6 twin turbo EcoBoost engine, maintaining or improving performance.

Tuff Seals chooses Viton® for tough seal duty

DuPont™ Viton® fluoroelastomer was selected by Tuff Seals to ensure superior performance at temperatures of 135°C and above.

Tata Toyo uses DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS in charge air coolers

Tata Toyo chose DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS nylon to deliver long-term performance in three hot- and cold-side charge air coolers.

PA12 Alternatives

DuPont offers high performance alternatives that meet the functionality of PA12 in replacement programs.