Samsung uses DSM’s elastomer in Galaxy Gear S2 smart watch

Samsung uses DSM’s elastomer in Galaxy Gear S2 smart watch

11:10 AM, 31st March 2016
Samsung uses DSM’s elastomer in Galaxy Gear S2 smart watch
Samsung has used DSM’s Arnitel thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) for its latest Galaxy Gear S2 smartwatch’s soft straps.

SINGAPORE: Along with a slew of new products, the chemical industry is also moving into the limelight. The newest member of the ‘wearable electronics club’ is DSM. Samsung has used DSM’s Arnitel thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) for its latest Galaxy Gear S2 smartwatch’s soft straps. Arnitel TPE is a new high performance solution that it is created specifically for wearable electronics application.

The wearables industry is currently booming. By 2020, annual sales are expected grow to 200 million devices, with smart watches and activity trackers taking the largest share of the market. Alongside functionality and the accessibility of the interface, wearability is a key consumer requirement. Comfort and colour all play an important role in product design. This argument applies just as much to the strap as to the device itself.

DSM’s Arnitelcompound shows good balance of physical and chemical properties. The Galaxy Gear strap has superior soft touch and is certified to USP and ISO standards covering biocompatibility of devices. Arnitel is resistant to perspiration, oils and various other liquids. Furthermore, the intrinsically bright Arnitel polymer, together with its high UV resistance, enables the production of compounds in a broad range of colours, including ultra-white.

During the development of the Galaxy Gear S2 strap, Samsung was provided with strong and rapid-response support in up-scaling from prototypes to high-volume molding from DSM’s local team in Korea, backed up by its research and product development operations in Europe and China.

Arnitel scores over rival materials such as thermoplastic polyurethanes and thermoset silicone elastomers for sustainability and is free of halogen, red phosphorous or fluoropolymers. It is also fully recyclable. “This is in particularly important for OEMs and manufacturer targeting consumers with a strong awareness of their environmental footprint,” said Fredric Petit, global business director, Arnitel.

Moreover, DSM has for the first time ever introduced fragrances into the world high performance plastics for such applications. Arnitel is available in different scents, such as lemon and rose, enabling OEMs to provide their customers with an additional sensorial experience.

“Arnitel is much more than a standard high performance material providing a technical solution,” said Eric Choi, account manager with DSM in Korea. “At the important interface in direct contact with consumers it provides a complete package of high performance, good design, excellent touch and feel, and now a great smell too!”

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