The latest commercial example of a plastic fuel sump to be announced comes once again from DSM. The company's Akulon Ultraflow polyamide (PA) 6 resin has been employed in the injection molded oil sump used in the new Mercedes-Benz S Class. The sump joins a cluster of European-based developments over the last several years. Click here and here for more examples.
|Latest in a series of plastic oil sump announcements; a polyamide part for the luxury Mercedes-Benz S Class.|
The grade used for the PA 6 with high resistance to engine oil, and very good flow properties. Its significant processing advantages come at no cost to mechanical properties compared to standard PA 6 products.
Horst Hauke, Director Sales Automotive at BBP, says: "With materials like Akulon Ultraflow, we can make important progress in demanding engine compartment applications to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. The oil sump is an important breakthrough, and it demonstrates that DSM is listening to its partners along the supply chain in its development of materials to address the performance and sustainability challenges that we all face."