Netherlands, November 7, 2017
Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, has signed a “One DSM” framework technology partnership agreement with Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation. The agreement involves all DSM businesses active in supplying materials and technology to the automotive sector – Engineering Plastics, Dyneema (ultrahigh molecular-weight polyethylene fiber), and 3D Printing including Somos for stereolithography (SLA), and other technologies like Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).
Under the non-exclusive agreement, DSM will have the opportunity to act as TMG’s preferred material and product provider. TMG will develop and pilot new engineering solutions using DSM high performance materials and products for potential application in the automotive industry. TMG will also test and evaluate DSM products and act as a test user for defined projects.
“We are very excited about this new agreement,”said Golnar Motahari Pour, President, DSM Dyneema. “DSM offers an array of materials that are ideally suited to high performance applications in the automotive arena, and we believe that working together with TMG we will be able to expand our horizons even further. Everybody at DSM is looking forward to being able to work with such a front-runner in automotive engineering from the initial design phase onwards.”
DSM thermoplastics like Stanyl, ForTii and Akulon already have an important place in automotive, especially in under-the-hood applications but the company is also moving quickly into thermoset composites. It introduced Dyneema Carbon, last year, which, according to Pour, represented a leap in the evolution of carbon by significantly improving the performance of pure carbon composites and making further lightweighting and durability possible.
“Our materials already have a strong reputation in the 3D Printing community, and as we grow our portfolio to support the 3D Printing revolution, we are convinced we can do much more,” said Hugo da Silva, VP, Additive Manufacturing Business and 3D Printing, DSM.
DSM has already worked with Toyota Motorsport on optimising its new Somos Taurus for real-world motorsport applications.