GESAB has something that will surprise you (chapter 2)

The seamless connection and communication among technologies encourages adaptation. GESAB designs and develops products and solutions adapted to the reality of the needs not only of the workplace but also of the people that make it work. The iPhone, iPad, Galaxy SIII and Nexus 7 Tablet will not feel strange in the new creation of GESAB. On the contrary, they may at their screens, “Why no one had created an environment like this one before?” That could be the beginning of a fiction series, made by GESAB: “Gadget Story.” Maybe one day…

Joking aside, the materials are also very important. The combination of aluminum and phenolic is a duality that gives great satisfaction to both the development team and our customers. Let’s make a little history:

Aluminium is a chemical element in the boron group with symbol Al and atomic number 13. It is silvery white, and it is not soluble in water under normal circumstances.

Aluminium is the third most abundant element (after oxygen and silicon), and the most abundant metal, in the Earth’s crust. It makes up about 8% by weight of the Earth’s solid surface. Aluminium metal is so chemically reactive that native specimens are rare and limited to extreme reducing environments. Instead, it is found combined in over 270 different minerals.[6] The chief ore of aluminium is bauxite.

Aluminium is remarkable for the metal’s low density and for its ability to resist corrosion due to the phenomenon of passivation. Structural components made from aluminium and its alloys are vital to the aerospace industry and are important in other areas of transportation and structural materials. The most useful compounds of aluminium, at least on a weight basis, are the oxides and sulfates.

Despite its prevalence in the environment, aluminium salts are not known to be used by any form of life. In keeping with its pervasiveness, aluminium is well tolerated by plants and animals. Owing to their prevalence, potential beneficial (or otherwise) biological roles of aluminium compounds are of continuing interest.

(Source: Wikipedia)

The term “phenolic” is used to refer to a few different substances made with phenol, an organic compound. It can describe a type of resin used to create various consumer items and is the name given to a class of plant-based chemical compounds. It can also refer to carbolic acid, an organic material that has been used in various medical and cleaning products.

Phenolic resin is made by combining phenol and an aldehyde. When these organic compounds are mixed, and both pressure and heat are applied, it causes polymerization, which is a chemical reaction that can be used to mold solids. Since it is both versatile and durable, this resin is used to make a wide variety of consumer and industrial products.

A range of goods, from billiard balls to kitchen gadgets, and automotive parts to construction adhesives, are made with phenolic resins. The material is often used to create consumer fittings, such as the plugs on electronic devices, handles for pots and pans, and screw-tops on most bottles. Its affordability and the ease with which it is molded can make it an ideal choice for many applications.