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Samsung dips toe into using carbon fiber material to make fewer plastic phones

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday June 24, 2013.

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If someone thinks of Samsung during a word association game, there's a very good chance that "plastic" is the first word that comes to mind. Samsung Petrochemical has formed a partnership to invest in using composite materials that feel less like plastic and more like something users will love to touch.

SGL Group, a firm that specializes in carbon-based products, has formed a 50-50 joint venture with Samsung to develop new electronic products that use carbon composite. Carbon fiber is commonly deployed in smartphone cases as a way to make phones more durable, scratch-resistant, and have a better feel depending on the coating. The carbon composites developed by Samsung and SGL would be a mix of carbon and other materials, which may strike a better balance between cost saving, weight, and strength. The resulting products could be a welcome departure from the glossy plastic material Samsung has favored in recent years.

Samsung fans shouldn't be too excited just yet. There's no real motivation to rush into switching to carbon composite because those glossy plastic finishes that journalists complain about haven't stopped Samsung from becoming the biggest smartphone vendor in the world. Furthermore, the company is taking a cautious approach to the initiative. The venture's "primary objective" is to develop carbon composite materials for Samsung and the Korean market. It may take time to ensure that there enough materials for the volume of production that Samsung will need to manufacturer its phones. The partnership known as Samsung SGL Carbon Composite Materials is geared towards long-term supplying and stability, not a rush to change smartphones that will be released in the near future.

source: SGL , via: BGR

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