A Stronger, Lighter Automotive Chassis
Automakers face a growing need to reduce automotive chassis weight and cost while improving performance and safety. DuPont Automotive offers the materials, design technology, predictive engineering and processing capabilities required for innovative automotive chassis design.
From brake and steering systems to pedals, gearshifts, hoses, and more, the automotive chassis system’s myriad components are prime candidates for reducing weight and cost and integrating functions.
Lightweighting: Our experienced global development teams are experts at identifying lightweighting opportunities in automotive chassis, suspension and steering systems. Our highly engineered materials retain their strength and stiffness despite heat and chemical exposure and shed pounds in exhaust systems and other automotive chassis components.
Improved Performance: To help automakers capture a 1% to 4% improvement in fuel efficiency, our materials can help improve rolling resistance in tires by 10%. We are also constantly enhancing our benchmark materials (such as flexible materials for CVJ and other boots) to address stricter requirements and improve performance while reducing weight and cost.
Safety: We offer dozens of materials and innovative technologies in brake, suspension, and steering systems — all aimed at reducing weight and cost while improving safety.
Now in its 25th year and celebrating no material failures on the road, DuPont™ Hytrel® TPC-ET delivers the flexibility of rubber, the strength of plastic, and the processibility of thermoplastic. Hytrel® TPC-ET thermoplastic elastomer is the industry standard for excellent balance of grease resistance, high temperature durability, low temperature flexibility and historically proven performance.
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New Kevlar® Plant at Cooper River
The new plant near Charleston, South Carolina, together with our other global assets, helps DuPont meet strong and growing global demand for Kevlar®.
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Chemical Resistant Elastomers
DuPont has a portfolio of chemical resistant elastomers and thermoplastics to match a broad spectrum of challenges – from aggressive automotive fuels to custom industrial equipment.
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Heat Resistant Plastics
DuPont offers a wide range of heat resistant plastics to replace metal, ceramics and other polymers in uses from automotive engines to oil and gas production.
Comfort & Heat Stress
For maximum protection against fires, the body must be covered as completely as possible with flame-resistant protective clothing. This requires long pants and long sleeves, making for hot work in warm and humid climates. Understandably, industrial workers may be concerned about potential heat stress when wearing protective apparel. Learn more about the factors that can lead to heat stress, and how DuPont brands can help offer comfort and protection in protective garments.
Durability and Lifecycle of DuPont™ Protera®
The superior lifecycle of DuPont™ Protera®, as well as its thermal-resistant protection and ease of maintenance, sets it apart from FR-treated fabrics. See how Protera® compares.
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Cut Standards for Protective Gloves
To facilitate the choice of mechanical (cut) protective clothing, both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Union (EU) have developed cut standards for selection criteria.
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