Innovation for the Automotive Industry
With more than three billion vehicles on the road in the near future, mobility, emissions, fuel economy, and safety are critical. We invite you to collaborate with our global team to find science-driven, sustainable solutions.
Choosing the right material is crucial to balancing the need to design low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles without compromising performance, comfort or cost. With more than 100 high-performance product families and technologies and a global network of development experts, DuPont helps the automotive industry deliver efficient vehicles and elevate the driving experience.
We are focused on developing innovative solutions for the automotive industry across eight automotive themes: Sustainability; Alternative Drive; Lightweighting; Improved Performance; Powertrain Efficiency; Total System Cost; Safety; and Comfort and Design. Together we can find the right solutions and build cleaner, energy-efficient cars that people love to drive.
Driven by Science
DuPont scientists are developing sustainable technologies that help improve safety, boost performance, lower costs, and enable new auto design freedom.
Sustainable Mobility Solutions
We're working with our auto industry collaborators to smooth the transitions to alternative power sources and new regulations with innovative sustainable mobility solutions.
Alternative Drive Vehicles
DuPont science is improving today's hybrid and electric vehicles â and helping develop the fuel-cell powered vehicles of tomorrow.
Vehicle Weight Reduction
DuPont is helping fulfill the promise of engine lightweighting with innovative, non-metal materials that can stand up to today's vehicle requirements.
DuPont is developing high performance materials that can take the heat and still deliver against ever-more-demanding vehicle requirements.
DuPont gives auto engineers solutions that help liberate design, including noise reduction, textile, and air conditioning technologies.
DuPont vehicle safety solutions are helping protect people across the vehicle value chain, from improved worker safety to better airbags and tougher automotive glass.
Car Manufacturing Costs
DuPont is helping automakers manage car manufacturing costs through a global systems approach that improves performance, productivity, and efficiency, and often integrates components and functions.
Engine Efficiency for Lower C02
DuPont scientists are working with the auto industry to help optimize engine efficiency with solutions for heat and friction management, C02 reuse, innovative new turbocharger technology and more.
INFORMATION & IDEAS
Read the DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) article on world-class sustainable safety performance and Relative Culture Strength.
TROY, Michigan, August 6, 2014 – Ask anyone in the automotive design or engineering community what technologies they are working on to lower emissions and improve fuel economy and half the time you’ll hear “lightweighting,” according to the results of a July WardsAuto survey sponsored by DuPont.
DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 9, 2014 – Jeffrey Sternberg, Ph.D., has been named DuPont global automotive technology director. In this role, he is charged to bring the breadth of DuPont advanced materials as well as renewably sourced materials and fuels to the auto industry as it continues to develop low emission, fuel efficient vehicles that are safe, affordable and fun to drive.
Düsseldorf, Germany, October 17, 2013 — DuPont Performance Polymers has responded rapidly to calls from the automotive industry for hose and sealing elastomers that can withstand increasingly hot and chemically aggressive engine environments – the result of trends in engine downsizing and turbo charging to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption .
DÜSSELDORF, Oct. 16, 2013 – ABB, a leader in power and automation technologies, selected DuPont™ Zytel® FR nylon for direct current (DC) switch disconnecter housings because the material can stand up to extremely high instantaneous temperatures should electrical arcing occur.
Geneva, Switzerland, Jun 28, 2012 – The lightweight yet equally robust oil sump – the lower shell of the oil pan module - is amongst the host of innovative technical solutions incorporated by Scania in its new Euro 6 engines.
TROY, Mich., Dec. 11, 2013. The new Ford 3.5L and 3.7L engine manifold uses a cross-over coolant component made of DuPont™ Zytel® HTN PPA resin instead of brazed metal, shaving one pound to improve fuel economy. Behind the scenes, the running change illustrates the trend toward using high performance thermoplastic where it is essential.
WILMINGTON, Del. and BEIJING, Sept. 20, 2012– DuPont Performance Polymers and Chenguang Chemical Research Institute, a subsidiary owned by China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina), announced at the ChemChina Beijing office that they have signed definitive agreements to form a 50/50 joint venture
WUHU, China, Nov. 27, 2012 – The Chery taxi featured in a DuPont mini-documentary illustrating the benefits of lightweighting, uses several DuPont advanced materials, including DuPont™ Zytel® nylon resin and DuPont™ Vamac® ethylene acrylic elastomer in components ranging from air-intake manifold and cylinder head cover to air ducts.
Nuremberg, Germany, Jul 2, 2012 – DuPont Performance Polymers introduced DuPont™ Vamac® Ultra HT ethylene acrylic elastomer (AEM) with continuous heat resistance up to 180°C, with peaks to 200°C and improved mechanical properties at the DKT 2012 German Rubber Conference in Nuremberg this week.
TROY, Mich., Aug. 7, 2013 – With automotive regulations governing fuel economy and CO2 emissions being discussed in Europe and the United States, nearly half of automotive engineers predict those regulations will strengthen, according to a WardsAuto and DuPont survey conducted in late July.
WILMINGTON, DE, Apr 26, 2012 – In response to the PA12 shortage resulting from the unfortunate fire at Evonik’s manufacturing site, DuPont is working with industry associations and with customers to identify alternative materials that can be used to help manufacture components in fuel and brake systems.
HYDERABAD, India, Aug. 21, 2013 --DuPont Knowledge Center in Hyderabad, India, DuPont today opened an Application Development Center focused on integrating advanced material science with other scientific disciplines for the automotive industry, enabling solutions for light-weighting, engine performance, comfort and safety.
USES AND APPLICATIONS
When the design objective is durable, beautiful, fast-drying, stain-resistant automotive carpet, the more sustainable alternative to petroleum-based products is DuPont™ Sorona®. High-performance Sorona® fiber contains 37% renewably-sourced, plant-based content by weight and consumes less non-renewable energy during manufacture than nylon 6.