Smartphone production returns to Northern Germany
In partnership with commerce and lifecycle service provider, Ingram Micro, the company's future devices will be produced in the former Motorola factory in Flensburg. The location takes into account the vision to increase high-end quality and sustainability in smartphone production whilst reinstating Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany, an influential region in technology.
At the same time, the price of the Carbon 1 MK II smartphone, launched in March 2021, will lower to 599 euros. The Carbon 1 MK II is the world’s first carbon fibre smartphone, developed to show the next generation of sustainable, high-performance technologies.
Today, the industry produces 50 million tonnes of e-waste every year, most of which cannot be recycled. Carbon Mobile CEO, Firas Khalifeh reports: “Working with advanced materials is the necessary first step to closing the loop on E-Waste. The Carbon 1 MK II is built with a unique lightweight monocoque body making it 33 percent lighter than the average smartphone. If all devices were made in this way, the industry could save 100,000 tonnes of the earth’s resources every year.”
A partnership with Cleanhub allows 500 grams of plastic waste to be collected from the ocean bound waste for every device sold, making it the world's first plastic-neutral smartphone. Future generations of their smartphone devices will include bio-based carbon fibre and enhanced repairability features to increase longer lifecycles of their products.
“Your right to repair is incredibly important. It’s good for the customer and its good for the planet. For too long it has been ignored and we are excited to bring to market next year beautifully designed tech that can be repaired at home.”
The Carbon 1 MK II is possible thanks to Carbon Mobile’s revolutionary HyRECM Technology, a hybrid material with all the benefits of carbon fibre that is also “radio friendly” to eliminate connectivity issues.
The material is considered a breakthrough in material science and is characterized mainly by its strength and light weight, which allowed the development of the lightest (125 grams) and thinnest (6.3 millimeters) smartphone made of carbon fibre to date. ■