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DSM's Arnitel® drives early market success of ZTE Smart Watch

Tactile technology

DSM began research and development in the smart wearable market in 2014, and our intensive R&D efforts have paid off with the creation of state-of-art Arnitel® TPE for the wearable industry.

Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 smartwatch, DSM has recently used this innovative thermoplastic elastomer to support Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation (ZTE), a global leader in telecommunication and information technology, to launch its new smart watch ZTE Quartz. Arnitel was selected for the soft strap on this watch, providing comfort, flexibility, safety and design flexibility. Arnitel also feels cool and smooth on the skin, with a good balance of physical and chemical properties.

Fiber Optic Coatings

Fiber Optic Coatings

DSM designed the first UV-curable coatings more than 40 years ago, making mass fiber production possible. Today, DSM is the only fiber coatings supplier in the world actively developing next-generation coating systems, DeSolite® Supercoatings, to address the industry’s most advanced network performance requirements.

DSM’s fiber optic business continues to grow with the increased demand for high speed and quality telecommunication networks. The completion of the acquisition of the joint venture partnership with AGI in August 2017 allowed the business to expand its manufacturing footprint to the Taiwan, China facility. AGI has many years of experience in the production of UV curable materials and the business team has been working closely with customers to qualify coatings that are produced at this facility.

Connected home

The connected home

With the growth in ‘smart’ home appliances that consumers control remotely on their smartphones and tablets, the demand for appliance connector materials that meet the highest flame resistance requirements combined with the required electrical properties grows.

While performance requirements for appliance connectors are increasing there are important regional differences in the standards that are applied. As a result connectors fitted to equipment sold in one region are often made from a different material to those on equipment sold in another region. What would simplify logistics considerably for global manufactures who purchase and market worldwide are connector materials that meet all the relevant industry requirements, wherever they are sold.

Working in close cooperation with leading OEMs and connector manufacturers DSM has recently developed Akulon® SafeConnect and EcoPaXX® PA410 grades, creating a complete portfolio of polyamides that enable OEMs to not only meet the EN 60335-1 international standard on safety of household and similar appliances, but which also meet individual OEM requirements that exceed international standards.

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