Integrated Solutions Business Area
The Integrated Solutions business area comprises two business sectors:
- Consumer Electronics: Design, development and production of advanced components, subsystems and ready-packaged electronics products, with integrated electronics and the Internet of Things (IoT) as increasingly strong drivers. This business area also includes Vaporiser Heating Products (VHP), in which Nolato supplies heating devices for the heating of tobacco.
- EMC & Thermal: Process and material solutions for the shielding of electronics to achieve electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and for heat dissipation for electronics (Thermal). The automotive industry is becoming increasingly important for this business sector as electronics develop for all types of vehicles.
A volatile market driven by technological developments and customer requirements
The consumer electronics market is vast, agile and fast-changing. The mobile phone market, for instance, is highly volatile, having gone from being a growth industry to being regarded as a sector with relatively low overall growth expectations.
For Integrated Solutions the rapid growth of VHP products is positive, and the major regulatory changes occurring in the tobacco industry are a major driver, along with a general trend of healthier lifestyles.
This business area is adopting a strategic approach of introducing new offerings to gradually expand the customer base. This includes product areas such as Laser Applications and Ceramics, aimed at companies developing fitness trackers, loudspeaker systems, thermostats and webcams.
Growth on EMC’s market is chiefly fuelled by growing needs for applications and products that can be tailored to 4G and 5G networks as the number of new connected products grows. Increased network traffic is in turn leading to greater requirement for process and materials solutions for shielding (EMC) and heat dissipation (Thermal). The business area is also well positioned to meet a rising need for materials that are used for demanding cooling of electronics in sectors such as telecom, automotive, home electronics, IT and medtech. These are known as thermal interface materials (TIM).
Market position varies between business sectors
Integrated Solutions is largely a niche operator in consumer electronics product areas, based on in-depth in-house expertise in development, design and production.
Its role is well established in the VHP product area as a close strategic partner to one of the market’s larger operators.
The business area has a strong position in EMC & Thermal mainly as a supplier of technically advanced products, such as shielding solutions for mobile phone network base stations and applications such as TIM in the automotive and other industries.
Strategy for sustained growth
Integrated Solutions is aimed at being a partner and provider of technically advanced products mainly for high-end segments of the electronics and telecom industry. This strategic focus is based on growing faster than the market in all segments. This is being achieved through organic growth, with success factors including continued close relationships with existing customers and an expanded customer offering providing access to new customers and markets. In areas such as injection moulding, die-cutting, painting, decoration, assembly, testing and packaging of electronic products the business area aims to offer a one-stop shop, including advanced project management and rapid time to market.
The VHP area remains focused on developing its position as a strategic partner for one of the market’s leading operators. The aim is to grow alongside the customer’s business and launches on new markets by providing product development, production and assembly of complete products, delivered direct to the customer’s distributors.
In addition, it will be intensifying development of electrically conductive material solutions for the shielding of electronics, along with the development of TIM products. The aim is to reach new markets and customer segments, both through direct sales channels and licensed partners.
Examples of products
Components, subsystems and ready-packaged products for consumer electronics
Subsystems for VHPs, mobile phones and home electronics products, which contain injection-moulded, painted and decorated components, in certain cases integrated with electronics in the form of ‘mechanical modules’, which are sometimes water resistant. Creative material and surface design with significant cosmetic and haptic content. Small, designed adhesive-based components with mechanical and/or cosmetic functions, such as logos, speaker grilles and three-dimensional design elements.
EMC & Thermal
Process and material solutions for the shielding of electronics to achieve electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and for heat dissipation.