Products that protect the Planet
We are experts in the fields of science and technology. And we use our expertise to improve the sustainability balance of our products as well as to develop new solutions that support our customers in reducing their environmental impact. For example, windows that can be darkened in a matter of seconds are now a reality, thanks to our liquid crystal window (LCW) technology. These darkened windows regulate the heat generated by direct sunlight. New estimates based on planned customer projects show that this technology can lower the energy consumed by building climate control systems and lighting by up to 10%, thereby replacing conventional shading.
Through our Design for Sustainability (DfS) program we begin looking into the possible impacts of our Life Science products as early as the design process stage, so that they can be addressed before production even begins. This way we get a head start at reducing the consumption of raw materials, energy and water as well as emissions and waste – across the entire life cycle of our products.
A bright idea
Did you know that you probably touch crystals everyday? When you swipe your fingers across the screen of your mobile device, you are setting into motion liquid crystal molecules. And they were probably made by us.
We have developed a technology that reduces the power consumption of smartphones and tablets by up to 30%. This protects the environment, but also brings benefits to the person using the device. Not only do the crystals extend battery life, they also produce better image quality.
And here’s how it works: Let's say you are watching a video on a display with the brightness turned all the way up. This may account for around half of a mobile device's power consumption. This is where our liquid crystal technology – known as UB-FFS – comes into play. UB is short for “ultra-brightness” and refers to the ability of the liquid crystal layer to transmit up to 15% more backlighting. This extra light is used to provide better image resolution, save energy and improve display quality. It even makes it easier to read the screen from different angles. Find out more about our work for the Display industry here.