AutoFocus #18: 2012


Welcome to AutoFocus, the global e-newsletter bringing you the latest on high performance polymer solutions in Automotive.


Mike DayIn this issue we explore metal-replacement opportunities in transmissions—typically off-limits to plastics—and highlight the results of a unique collaboration model for an extended-range electric vehicle. These plus lightweighting features show how, together, we can help drive sustainable mobility. As I learned at an automotive industry leadership conference last week—2050 is now, so the need is urgent.


You will also notice we've linked our features to our updated automotive website. We continue to present ideas to improve vehicle sustainability by system, but we've also organized our extensive materials science portfolio to focus on lightweighting, engine efficiency, bio-based solutions, electrification and alternative drive systems to help develop low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles without compromising performance, safety, comfort or cost.


We hope this edition—and our new website—captures your attention and generates new ideas. As always, we invite your comments using this contact us form.


Mike Day, DuPont Automotive North America Development Director

New EV benefits from DuPont™ Zytel®

New generation SIM-WIL electric vehicle by SIM-Drive Corporation of Japan has key in-wheel motor bobbins of DuPont™ Zytel® HTN high performance polyamide that are stronger, lighter and more cost effective than the PPS it replaces, with added speed winding and productivity advantages.

Revolution in transmissions

DuPont offers the broadest range of high performance to replace metals in many transmission components.

Latest automotive fuel filter by Parker Hannifin

DuPont™ Delrin® and Zytel® were selected to gain mechanical strength, stability and chemical resistance at high temperatures.

Scania eliminates 6 kg from truck sump with Zytel®

Euro 6 Truck Engine Debut: Scania and DuPont develop their first thermoplastic oil pan module.

Spring element made of low-emission Delrin® 100PE

Buffer-stops made of the low-emission grade DuPont™ Delrin® 100PE cushion the impact during steering column adjustment.