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Smartwatches - more than just electronic wristwatches

Smartwatches come under the so-called wearables category. They interact with your smartphone and, compared to a normal wristwatch, offer a huge range of functions. Smartwatches have many different uses, feature individual displays, and consist of many individual components. Smartwatches are highly complex electronic devices that are exposed to many external influences during everyday use. Manufacturers have to take this into account at the design stage.

What are smartwatches?

A smartwatch is an intelligent, networked wristwatch. It is about the same size as a conventional wristwatch and is likewise worn on the wrist. The equipment and functional scope of smartwatches differ markedly from normal wristwatches. A smartwatch not only shows the time or date, but also provides information on news messages, appointment reminders, or displays health parameters and physical functions like heart rate. Smartwatches have individually configurable high-resolution displays to present information. The case often features other operating elements such as buttons or crowns. Bluetooth can be used to connect smartwatches with smartphones. This provides them with Internet access and they exchange information bidirectionally with the smartphone. Several smartwatches permit mobile communication even without an explicit smartphone connection. They possess a SIM card and communicate independently via a mobile communications network. The smartphone operating system provides the watch's basic functions, which can be expanded with apps.

The worldwide market for smartwatches is chalking up continually rising annual sales figures. Forecasts expect worldwide sales of 115 million smartwatches by 2022.

Smartwatch components

The functional structure of the devices is similar to a smartphone as far as the components of a smartwatch are concerned. Adhesive solutions are often used for the assembly of these components. Below you will find an overview of the most common applications for smartwatches:

  • Display lamination
  • Lens mounting
  • Battery mounting
  • Sensor mounting
  • Heat pipe mounting
  • FPCs mounting
  • PCBs mounting
  • Speaker mesh mounting
  • Deco/Logo mounting
  • Button fixation
  • Shielding and grounding
  • Covering

Hardware requirements

Smartwatches are constant companions in everyday life. Smartwatch hardware has to meet tremendous requirements in terms of functionality and reliability. They consist of many highly complex electronic components and sensors that should function reliably in daily life and be impervious to external influences. This results in a range of different requirements for the adhesive solutions used.

High bonding strength
Chemical resistance
Impact resistance
LSE performance

Adhesive solutions for smartwatches

Every project is individual and has specific requirements. Our ambition is always to provide you with the most suitable solution. Our existing product portfolio offers established, reliably high-performance adhesive systems with specialized properties to meet your demands. In addition, we are able to develop tailor-made solutions in a cooperative partnership.​

​Please contact us directly or ask your local representative about your possibilities.

Solutions for your success

Assortment Exemplary case studies Use this assortment when your main requirements are
Double-sided Film Tapes • Lens mounting
• Battery mounting
• FPC mounting
• Very good bonding
• Good wetting
• Efficient die-cutting
• Specific properties (e.g., Anti-repulsion, Chemical resistant, Differential bonding properties, bonding on LSE substrates and many more) 
Acrylic Foam Tapes • Lens mounting
• Back cover mounting
• Component mounting
• Superior bonding
• Superior impact resistance
• Very good sealing and waterproofing
• Chemical resistance
PE Foams Tapes • Lens mounting
• Back cover mounting
• Component mounting
• Impact resistance
• Anti-repulsion
• Reworkability
Synthetic Foam Tapes • Battery mounting
• Back cover mounting
• Superior, residue-free removability
• Quick bonding properties, even on LSE substrates
• Impact resistance
Bond & Detach® • Battery mounting
• Component mounting
• Superior, residue-free removability
• Impact resistance
Structural Bonding Solutions • Lens mounting
• Back cover mounting
• Fabric mounting
• Component mounting
• Superior bonding power, even on small bonding areas
• Superior sealing properties
• Anti-repulsion
• Chemical resistance
Electrically Conductive Tapes • Grounding
• Shielding
• Conductive gap-filling
• Electrical conductivity
• EMI shielding
Display Lamination Tapes • Cover lens to touch panel
• Touch panel to display panel
• Flexible layers
• Optical clarity
• Specific properties (e.g., moisture blocking, moisture managing,  outgassing resistance, UV-blocking, and many more)