Increasing product lifespan key as electronics manufacturers try to reduce wastage, says new study

08 April 2021


Reducing field failures or increasing the lifespan of products are the top two reasons why electronics manufacturers opt to protect their products from liquid damage, ahead of ‘meeting industry standards’ & ‘improving user experience’, says a new study of electronics design R&D engineers at device manufacturers.

Those are the key findings of the new study, commissioned by liquid protection solutions expert, P2i, polling research & design professionals at electronic device manufacturers.

Sustainability featured highly in the responses, with almost half the survey sample (46%) observing that suppliers of liquid protection solutions can help them to meet their environmental objectives by reducing waste. And nearly all (94%) of respondents felt it was either very important, or somewhat important to them, that suppliers of liquid protection solutions helped them achieve their organisation’s environmental goals.

Simon Vogt, Chief Commercial Officer at P2i said: “Reducing waste starts right at product design process. With manufacturers increasingly being required to reduce the waste they produce there is a real need to ensure devices are constructed to be repairable from the outset. Partners have a crucial role to play in this and the key is providing a solution that not only promotes repairability but also extends a product’s lifespan.”

The survey also discovered that regulatory pressures are proving to be the main driver for manufacturers to become more sustainable, as noted by more than half of the respondents (53%), with 43% believing consumer pressures are a primary cause. Internal pressures at manufacturers were noted by more than a third 39% of respondents, with only 5% feeling there was no pressure to become more sustainable.

Across the electronics manufacturing industry, from consumer electronics right through to the automotive and drone sectors, the possibility of liquid damage presents a significant risk to the integrity and longevity of products. P2i's research-led whitepaper details the views of 100 research & development professionals on why liquid protection matters in electronics product design.

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