Conductive Ink Markets 2016-2026: Forecasts, Technologies, Players

 Published On: Apr, 2016 |    No of Pages: 250 |  Published By: IDTechEx | Format: PDF
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This report provides the most comprehensive and authoritative view of the conductive inks and paste market, giving detailed ten-year market forecasts segmented by application and material type. The market forecasts are given in tonnage and value at the ink level. It also includes critical reviews of all the competing conductive inks and paste technologies including firing-types pastes, PTFs, silver nanoparticles, stretchable inks, IME inks, copper, and more.

This report also gives fact-based and insightful analysis of all the existing and emerging target applications. For target applications, it provides an assessment and/or forecast of the addressable markets, key trends and challenges, latest results and prototype/product launches, and the IDTechEx insight on the market potential.

We provide a detailed analysis of at least 17 existing and emerging application sectors including silicon solar cells, UF/UHF RFID tags, touch screen edge electrodes, automotive, in-mould electronics, e-textiles, 3D antennas, 3D printed electronics, desktop PCB printers, ITO replacement, OLED lighting and others.

All our market forecasts are built using models that are based on primary industry inputs from IDTechEx interviews and company visits, and from prior industry experience at IDTechEx. We clearly outline and justify the assumptions, rational, trends and actual data points underpinning all our forecasts. Our report provides more than 50 interview-based company profiles

Unrivalled business intelligence and market insight

This report is based upon years of research. Our analysts have many years of hands-on prior experience and were at forefront of the conductive inks/paste business, playing an important role in creating a multi-billion dollar industry. In the past five years alone, our team has interviewed and profiled more than 50 users and producers of various types of conductive inks and pastes. Each year we have learned more about the market and fine-tuned our analysis, insight and forecasts.

In parallel to this, IDTechEx has organised the leading global conferences and tradeshows on printed electronics for the past decade in Asia, Europe and USA. These shows bring together the entire value chain on printed electronics, including all the conductive ink suppliers, printers, and end users. This has given us unrivalled access to the players and the latest market intelligence.

Conductive inks and paste business: everything is changing

The conductive inks and pastes market will reach nearly $1.7b in 2026 at current metal prices. Micro-sized silver conductive pastes will dominate the market, controlling nearly the entire market in 2016. Silver nanoparticles will however become increasingly competitive, finding use in a range for emerging applications sectors to become an $80m market in 2026. Copper will remain a comparatively immature technology but will achieve limited success as novel curing systems are installed to open the door to copper ink sales.

The solar panel industry will be 1.5 k tonne market in 2016 for screen-printed firing-type conductive pastes. At the paste level, a new group of suppliers will soon come to dominate this business whilst at the powder level the users will force through a more diversified supplier base. The touch screen edge electrode market will continue its decline. The linewidth-over-spacing (L/S) has decreased to 20/20, pushing screen printing with standard PTFs beyond its limits and opening the door to photocurable pastes. Etching-based techniques will find additional opportunities as the bezel is further narrowed whilst standard PTFs will retain some share in the low-cost end of the market.

Sensors such as car occupancy sensors, printed piezoresistive sensors and some versions of glucose sensors will remain a substantial niche market for conductive pastes, as will the automotive sector with its mixed grouping of stagnant traditional and high-growth emerging applications. HF and UHF RFID antenna markets will grow but will see the relative market share of ink types transform over the coming decade. 3D antennas made using aerosol printing will continue gaining traction. This approach will compete head-on with MID (molded interconnect devices) techniques and will become a substantial player in the consumer electronics market. Metal mesh as an ITO alternative will make slow inroads despite the pending consolidation period in the TCF industry, creating demand for silver nanoparticle used in filling or printing fine lines.

New markets will emerge and create new performance requirements. In-mould electronics will demand inks that can stretch and survive the thermoforming/molding process. Electronic textiles will require inks that are truly stretchable and withstand repeated washing cycles. 3D printed electronics and desktop PCB printers will need the high conductivity and low temperature inks to open vast new prototyping possibilities for 3D printers and circuit designers. All these markets are poised for rapid growth provided technology innovations can satisfy the market pull.

Ten-year market projections split by application. Please contact us for the exact values. Note that ink selling prices have declined thanks to a decline in raw metal prices but also pressured margins, resulting in a decrease in our revenue forecasts.

What does this report provide?

1. Ten-year market forecasts for conductive inks and pastes segmented by material type (silver nano, PTF, Cu, etc) and application. Forecasts are provided in volume and dollars.
2. Interview-based company profiles of 50 suppliers and users. Company profiles provide a detailed company background, and critical technology and business model review. The profile further includes a detailed SWOT analysis by IDTechEx analysts
3. Critical review and appraisal of all the main conductive ink technologies including firing-types pastes, PTFs, nano inks, stretchable inks, IME inks, copper, etc.
4. Detailed application assessment often including IDTechEx insight and assessment, state-of-the-art and commercial progress, analysis of competing technologies, pricing and market trends, key players, addressable market size, and ten-year market projections for:
a. Photovoltaics
b. Touch screen edge electrodes (segmented by device type)
c. Automotive (de-frosters, occupancy sensors, seat heaters, etc)
d. 3D antennas
e. UHF ad HF RFID antenna
f. Stretchable inks for electronic textiles
g. In-mould electronics inks
h. Glucose and piezoresistive sensors
i. 3D printed electronics
j. Desktop PCB printing
k. ITO replacement
l. OLED lighting
m. Conductive pens
n. other

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
1.1. Conductive inks and paste: everything is changing
1.2. Traditional Markets
1.2.1. Photovoltaics
1.2.2. Touch screen market
1.2.3. Automotive
1.2.4. Sensors
1.3. RFID
1.4. Emerging applications
1.4.1. 3D antennas
1.4.2. ITO replacement
1.4.3. Stretchable inks
1.4.4. Desktop PCB printing
1.4.5. 3D Printed Electronics
2. CONDUCTIVE INKS AND PASTES
2.1. PTF vs Firing Paste
2.2. Curing and sintering
2.3. Value chain
2.4. Silver nanoparticle inks
2.5. Silver nanoparticle inks are more conducting
2.6. Curing temperature of silver nanoparticle inks
2.6.1. Enhanced Flexibility
2.6.2. Inkjet Printability
2.7. Price competiveness of silver nanoparticles
2.8. Performance of silver nanoparticle
2.9. Value chain
3. SILVER NANOPARTICLE PRODUCTION METHODS
4. COPPER INKS AND PASTE
4.1. Methods of preventing copper oxidisation
4.1.1. Superheated steam
4.1.2. Reactive agent metallization
4.1.3. Photocuring and photosintering
4.2. Pricing strategy and performance of copper inks and pastes
4.3. Copper oxide nanoparticles
4.4. Silver-Coated Copper
5. CONDUCTIVE PASTES IN THE PHOTOVOLTAIC MARKET
5.1. Background to the PV industry
5.2. Conductive pastes in the PV sectors
5.3. Alternative and improved metallization techniques
5.4. Silicon inks
5.5. Trends and changes in solar cell architecture
5.6. Market dynamics
5.7. Ten-year market forecasts for conductive paste in solar cells
6. AUTOMOTIVE
6.1. De-misters or de-foggers
6.2. Car seat heaters
6.3. Seat sensors
7. 3D PRINTED ELECTRONICS
7.1. Progress in 3D printed electronics
7.1.1. Nascent Objects
7.1.2. Voxel8
7.1.3. nScrypt ad Novacentrix
7.2. University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
7.3. Ten-year market projections for conductive inks and pastes in 3D printed electronics
8. TOUCH PANEL EDGE ELECTRODES
8.1. Narrow bezels change the market
8.2. Ten-year market projections for conductive inks and paste in the touch screen industry
9. CONDUCTIVE INKS IN RFID
9.1. RFID market size and business dynamics
9.2. Processes, Material Options and Market Shares
9.3. Market projections
10. PRINTED AND FLEXIBLE SENSORS
10.1. Piezoresistive
10.2. Glucose sensors
11. 3D ANTENNAS AND CONFORMAL PRINTING ON CURVED SURFACES
11.1. Laser Direct Structuring and MID
11.2. Aerosol deposition
11.3. Others ways of printing structurally-integrated antennas
11.4. Market projections for printed 3D antennas
12. THERMOFORMED OR IN-MOULD ELECTRONICS
12.1. Automotive
12.2. Ink requirements in in-mould electronics
12.3. Other materials used in in-mould electronics
12.4. In mould electronics in consumer electronics
13. STRETCHABLE INKS FOR ELECTRONIC TEXTILES
13.1. Electronic textile industry
13.2. Stretchable inks and products
13.3. Applications and ten-year market projections market forecast
14. PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANUFACTURING AND PROTOTYPING
14.1. Background to the PCB industry
14.2. 'Printing' PCBs for the hobbyist and DIY market
14.2.1. Comments
14.3. 'Printing' professional multi-layer PCBs
14.4. Comparison of different PCB techniques
15. ITO REPLACEMENT (TRANSPARENT CONDUCTING FILMS)
15.1. Market forecast for transparent conductive films
15.2. Changing market requirements
15.3. A brutal consolidation sets in
15.4. Progress and opportunities for conductive inks
15.4.1. Embossing followed by silver nanoparticle printing
15.4.2. Self-assembled silver nanoparticle films
15.4.3. Inkjet printed silver nanoparticles as transparent conducting films
15.5. Market Projections
16. CONDUCTIVE PENS
17. MOBILE PHONE DIGITIZERS- FIRST HIGH-VOLUME MARKET FOR SILVER NANOPARTICLE INKS?
18. OLED LIGHTING MARKET
18.1. OLED Lighting market dynamics and challenges
18.2. OLED lighting in search of a unique
18.3. Cost projections of OLED lighting
18.4. OLED lighting market forecast
18.5. Requirements from conductive inks in OLED lighting
18.6. Market projections
19. COMPANY INTERVIEWS
19.1. Agfa-Gevaert N.V.
19.2. AgIC
19.3. Bando Chemical Industries
19.4. BeBop Sensors
19.5. BotFactory
19.6. Cartesian Co
19.7. Cima NanoTech Inc
19.8. Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH
19.9. ClearJet Ltd
19.10. Colloidal Ink Co., Ltd
19.11. Conductive Compounds
19.12. Daicel Corporation
19.13. DuPont
19.14. DuPont Advanced Materials
19.15. Electroninks Writeables
19.16. Flexbright Oy
19.17. Fujikura Kasei Co Ltd
19.18. Genes 'Ink
19.19. Henkel
19.20. Hicel Co Ltd
19.21. Inkron
19.22. InkTec Co., Ltd
19.23. Intrinsiq Materials
19.24. Komori Corporation
19.25. KunShan Hisense Electronics
19.26. Lord Corp
19.27. Methode Electronics
19.28. Nagase America Corporation
19.29. NanoComposix
19.30. Nano Dimension
19.31. NANOGAP
19.32. Novacentrix
19.33. O-film Tech Co., Ltd
19.34. Optomec
19.35. Perpetuus Carbon Technologies Limited
19.36. Printechnologics
19.37. Promethean Particles
19.38. Pulse Electronics
19.39. PV Nano Cell
19.40. Raymor Industries Inc
19.41. Showa Denko
19.42. Sun Chemical
19.43. Tangio Printed Electronics
19.44. The Sixth Element
19.45. T-Ink
19.46. Toda Kogyo Corp
19.47. Tokusen USA Inc.
19.48. Ulvac Corporation
19.49. UT Dots Inc
19.50. Vorbeck Materials
19.51. Voxel8
19.52. Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC)
19.53. Xymox Technologies
20. COMPANY PROFILES
20.1. Advanced Nano Products
20.2. AIST and NAPRA
20.3. Amogreentech
20.4. Applied Nanotech Inc.
20.5. Asahi Glass Corporation
20.6. Asahi Kasei
20.7. Cabot
20.8. Chang Sung Corporation
20.9. Cima Nanotech
20.10. Ferro
20.11. Giga Solar Materials Corp
20.12. Harima
20.13. Hitachi Chemical
20.14. Kishu Giken Kogyo Co.,Ltd.
20.15. Liquid X Printed Metals, Inc.
20.16. Indium Corporation
20.17. NanoMas Technologies
20.18. Noritake
20.19. Novacentrix
20.20. Novacentrix PulseForge
20.21. Samsung (former Cheil Industries)
20.22. Taiyo
20.23. Toyobo
20.24. Vorbeck

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