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Engineering Materials

DSM in Electronics

Our innovative materials are developed to meet a wide variety of technological challenges in electronics, making devices safer, thinner, stronger and more sustainable. Browse these pages to learn more about how our industry experts, scientists and engineers work hand in hand with our customers to develop next generation solutions.

Making electronic devices Safer, Thinner and More Sustainable

Electronics and smartphone components manufacturers are placing many requirements on the materials used to make the parts found in a host of applications. The materials utilized must be strong, have functional integration, and overcome the design challenges often faced when designing very small and thin pieces. The trends of miniaturization, increased structural strength and design freedom by integration put an ever higher demand on engineering plastics.

At DSM, our materials and strong application understanding of the electronics industry can help a design engineer design thinner parts and still achieve structural properties.

Highlighted case studies

SAFER

Decreasing the risk of fire in USB-C connectors

Fast-charging smart devices are increasingly important to consumers. USB-C connectors rapidly restore electronic battery life, yet these cables can create a fire hazard if manufacturers select low-performance insulating plastics. Learn about proven materials solutions that decrease safety risks and enable you to deliver high-performance fast-charging connectors with stringent design requirements.

THINNER

Making electronic & mobile phone components thinner, stronger and integrated

Electronics and smartphone components manufacturers are placing many requirements on the materials used to make the parts found in a host of applications. The materials utilized must be strong, have functional integration, and overcome the design challenges often faced when designing very small and thin pieces. The trends of miniaturization, increased structural strength and design freedom by integration put an ever higher demand on engineering plastics. 

MORE SUSTAINABLE

Partnering with Samsung Electronics to develop first smartphone made with recycled ocean-bound fishing nets

Working with Samsung Electronics, DSM tailored Akulon® RePurposed to meet the specific high-performance requirements of the new Galaxy S22 series and Galaxy Tab S8 series. As such, the material is incorporated into key components including the Galaxy S22 series’ key bracket and inner cover of the S Pen, as well as Tab S8 series’ inner support bracket. Thanks to its unique properties, Akulon® RePurposed offers an excellent balance and leading mechanical performance, and has already been applied to various industries, such as automotive, consumer goods, and electronic devices.

Commited to Apple’s 100% Clean Energy Production program

DSM Engineering Materials is proud to participate in Apple's Clean Energy Program. We commit to power all of our Apple production with 100 percent clean energy.

Browse our applications in Electronics

  • Smartphones

    High performance plastics for smartphones and tablets which address key trends like thinnovation, convergence and aesthetics by DSM. Contact us to learn more.

  • USB-C Connectors

    USB-C connectors are becoming the consumer electronics industry’s most widely used data and power interface. As their usage grows, so does the importance of choosing the right engineering materials.

  • Robotics

    Learn why DSM is a leading global supplier of advanced materials for robotics.

  • Notebooks

    DSM empowers customers to build stronger, lighter and more reliable computers that surpass the latest safety standards to ensure their notebook computers meet the latest consumer demands.

  • Servers

    Servers with higher speeds and more bandwidth require connectors & sockets with higher pin counts. High performance plastics enable thinner walls with a reliable connection

  • Infrastructure

    Infrastructure needs to be able to manage the coming traffic explosion caused by mobile connectivity, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and the transmission of heavy video content over IP networks in high-resolution formats.

  • Tablets

    DSM’s unique materials enable cutting-edge design, higher performance in thinner Tablets.  Our material enables more computing power in a smaller space.

  • Wearables

    The wearables market continues to grow. Analysts predict 200 million wearables by 2020, and every generation includes more functionality in a thinner design. The industry has already shown a trend of designs becoming 12% thinner each year, putting higher demands on the materials used to make them.

  • Desktops, PCs

    DSMs broad portfolio of thermoplastics for Desktops, PCs and computers builds on our state-of-the-art technology. Our materials enable solutions with high heat resistance, improved functionality, and the ongoing miniaturization trend.

Further reading

  • Manufacturing safe and reliable fast-charging connectors for smart devices

    Fast-charging smart devices are increasingly important to consumers. USB-C connectors rapidly restore electronic battery life, yet these cables can create a fire hazard if manufacturers select low-performance insulating plastics. Learn about proven materials solutions that decrease safety risks and enable you to deliver high-performance fast-charging connectors with stringent design requirements.

  • Delivering high-performance USB-C connectors in custom colors

    Consumers expect the ability to purchase electronics accessories such as charging wires in the color of their choice. Yet, material solutions commonly used for manufacturing connectors are available in limited color options. Not only does DSM offer advanced materials for electronics in a range of Chroma Colors, the material solutions enable manufacturers to produce USB-C connectors that process high voltage levels.

  • Tech Talk: Safer connected homes around the world

    In this 30-minute Talk by Dr. Tamim Sidiki, global marketing director of automotive and electronics for DSM Engineering Materials, learn how to overcome challenges while demanding more performance, reliability and ease of use while increasing safety.

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