Volume and speed of data transmission over broadband networks is expected to increase greater than tenfold between 2010 and 2015. Meanwhile, the breadth of electronic equipment devices will also boom – as will their functionality and sophistication. In fact the only two things that won’t be growing are the size of the devices themselves…and the prices.
Against this backdrop DSM is developing solutions that provide increased miniaturization (smaller), ‘thinovation’ (slimmer) and better integration – reducing the number of components. In the process we’re reducing the environmental impact across the total life cycle of consumer products - from hazardous materials and emissions to energy and water use, recycling, use of rare earth metals and minerals and reduction of carbon footprint.
These activities are all part of our wider sustainability drive, not least our cradle-to-cradle approach which effectively closes the recycling ‘loop’. We are particularly proud of having six of our performance materials cradle-to-cradle certified by the internationally renowned sustainability design firm, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC).
Connecting the world
There’s a bandwidth tsunami that continues to grow. Without fiber-optic cable there is no fast internet connecting the world. And without UV-curable coatings, there is no fiber-optic cable. DSM is the world’s leading supplier of fiber optic coatings, which help assure signal reliability and protect fibers from harsh environmental conditions. We began this journey some 40 years ago, designing the first ever coatings for optical fiber. Today, our products are used by the world’s leading telecommunications companies, extending fiber lifespans to 30 years and beyond. Thanks to DeSolite® Supercoatings, more of the world benefits than ever before from the wonders of the web.