From simple cables, through smartphones, to household appliances, many devices in the electrical and electronic sector rely on innovative new plastics.

From simple cables and household appliances to smartphones, many of the latest devices created in the Electrical & Electronic sector capitalize on a new generation of plastics. Thanks to its manifoldness and versatility, plastics contribute significantly to innovation in the electrical and electronic sector.

Designers of electrical and electronic applications rely on plastics because of their unique features.
These include: 

Resource efficiency

Polymers can help store energy for longer. LCD (liquid crystal display) flat screens consume less power than traditional cathode ray tube devices and have replaced them in today’s homes.
The design flexibility of plastics also contributes to invisible resource efficiencies inside household equipment. For example, the plastic lye container in a washing machine reduces water consumption and enables class-leading A+++ eco-efficiency ratings.

Light weight

In small appliances such as smartphones, also plastics is contributing to today’s light handsets and smaller, lighter headsets.

Electrical and mechanical resistance

Plastics’ ability to isolate electrical current and resist mechanical shocks and stress, combined with their flexibility and durability, makes them ideal for vital applications such as safe, reliable and efficient power supplies.

Fire safety

Wherever there is a risk of an electrical fire, plastic flame retardants can be used to inhibit ignition and are therefore required by legislation and standards.