Global Markets for Roll-to-Roll Technologies for Flexible Devices

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The global market for flexible devices manufactured by R2R technologies totaled $14.6 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $28.1 billion by 2020 at a compound annual growht rate (CAGR) of 13.9% from 2015 to 2020.

This report provides:

-An overview of the market for roll-to-roll (R2R) technologies in the development and commercialization of flexible devices, including electronic devices, such as flexible displays, and energy devices, such as flexible solar cells
-Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2020
-Description of various types of flexible devices produced by R2R methods, together with a historical review of the technology and an outline of the most significant recent developments; current and emerging applications for these products also will be discussed
-Examination of technical issues, and examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for
-A list of the leading providers of R2R technologies and flexible devices, along with a description of their products
-Profiles of major players in the industry

INTRODUCTION

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
There is growing interest in advanced devices that are thin, lightweight and bendable. Generally known as flexible devices, these products include primarily electronics, optoelectronics, and energy devices, although other types, such as sensors and medical devices, are also beginning to emerge.

As flexible devices become more popular, the need for high-volume processes for their fabrication increases. Consequently, the industry is steadily transitioning to the integration of roll-to-roll (R2R) technologies for the fabrication of these devices.

BCC Research first published its R2R technologies and flexible devices report in April 2013. The market for these products has since experienced healthy growth, while new technological developments and industry changes have also taken place.

The primary goal of this report is to provide new insights on flexible devices that are produced using R2R technologies, as well as to outline technological trends and offer an updated market analysis for these products.

Specifically, the major objectives of this study are:
-To provide an updated review of commercially available and emerging flexible devices, including a description of their types and fabrication technologies.
-To highlight new technological developments in flexible device manufacturing, while outlining current technical issues.
-To review various processes that are being used for R2R manufacturing, focusing on those that are quickly gaining in popularity.
-To estimate current global markets for flexible devices produced by R2R technologies based on device type, manufacturing process, substrate material, and region, with growth forecasts through 2020 for each market segment.
-To identify important technology and industry trends within each market segment.
-To offer an updated review of current industry players, including manufacturers of devices, materials, fabrication equipment, technology developers, and future market participants.
-To provide a description of the most relevant research and development activities.
-To determine trends in recently issued U.S. patents.

REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY
Although the first flexible circuits were produced in the early 1900s, introduction of R2R technologies for manufacturing these circuits occurred many years later in Japan during the 1980s. The use of R2R methods has become more common, while various processes have been adapted for applications in creating patterns on flexible substrates.

The need to produce advanced devices on a large scale with high throughput, low cost, and high quality, while at the same time using fabrication methods that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient is also leading to the rapid expansion of the printed electronics market. This market is currently valued at approximately $9 billion and is estimated to grow at a robust rate during the five-year period between 2015 and 2020.

The availability of various printing methods adapted to R2R processing represents a major contributing factor to the current and future expansion of the flexible device market.

The principal reason for this report is to present a current assessment of the R2R flexible device industry from both a technological and market point of view, as well as outline future trends and key developments.

There is also a need to evaluate the current status and future trends of this market from a global standpoint. As the use of these products expands and new fields of application emerge, information on suppliers and developers of these devices and their regional distribution becomes more valuable.

In addition, this report aims to provide technical insights into R2R manufacturing of flexible devices by:
-Providing a review of fabrication technologies.
-Identifying current technological trends.
-Providing an overview of the main global research and development (R&D) activities related to R2R flexible devices, resulting in the issuance of patents.
-Illustrating the latest technological developments.

This information can assist companies in identifying opportunities for process and productivity improvements and new product development, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
This study will be of primary interest to all organizations that:
-Manufacture, sell, and distribute flexible devices
-Supply raw materials for R2R fabrication of flexible devices.
-Manufacture process equipment utilized by producers of flexible devices.
-Fabricate products that use flexible devices (such as portable electronic devices, digital signage, electronic price tags and labels, and wearable electronic products).
-Provide technical and/or marketing services in conjunction with the above-mentioned products.
-Are planning to enter the flexible device industry as a supplier, manufacturer, or end-user.

Overall, this report applies to industry segments such as electronics, optoelectronics, energy, sensors and healthcare.

The study is mainly directed toward executives, directors, operations managers, sales and marketing managers, and strategic planners working within the above-mentioned industries. Universities and research facilities may also find this report to be a good source of technical information regarding R2R technologies and flexible devices — as well as their applications — which can be used as a baseline for new or expanded R&D activities. Librarians of technical information and research centers can also use this report to provide critical data to product managers, market analysts, researchers and other professionals needing detailed and updated insights into the flexible device industry.

SCOPE OF REPORT
This report provides an updated review of R2R technologies for flexible devices, including a description of various device types and R2R fabrication processes, and identifies current and emerging devices fabricated using R2R technologies.

BCC Research determines the current market status for these products, defines trends, and presents growth forecasts for the next five years. The R2R flexible device market is based on the following segments: device type, substrate material, process, and region. In addition, technological issues, including key events and the latest process developments, are discussed.

More specifically, the market analysis conducted by BCC Research for this report is divided into five sections.

In the first section, an introduction to the topic and a historical review of R2R technologies for flexible devices are provided, including an outline of recent events. This section identifies devices that are currently commercially available or emerging, and offers a description of the main types.

The second section provides a technological review of the fabrication steps used to manufacture R2R flexible devices, with an outline of the most common processes. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments since 2013, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for, as well as highlighting the most active research organizations operating in this field.

The third section entails a global market analysis of R2R flexible devices. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented for each segment (device type, process, substrate material, and region) with actual data for the years 2013 and 2014, and estimated revenues for 2015.

The analysis of current revenues for R2R flexible devices is followed by a detailed presentation of market growth trends based on industry growth, technological trends, and regional trends. The third section concludes by providing projected revenues for R2R flexible devices within each segment, together with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for 2015 through 2020.

In the fourth section of the study, which covers global industry structure, the report offers a list of the leading manufacturers of R2R flexible devices, together with a description of their products. The analysis includes a description of the geographical distribution of these suppliers and an evaluation of other key industry players. Detailed company profiles of the top players are also provided.

The final section includes an extensive U.S. patent analysis, with a summary of patents related to materials, fabrication processes, equipment and applications for R2R flexible device. The patents examined in this study were issued during the period 2013 through 2015. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, process and device type.

METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
To analyze the overall market and market segments, both primary and secondary research methodologies were used to obtain market data.

The technology section of this report is based on information derived from technical literature, related BCC Research reports, professional journals, the author’s field experience, and online sources.

Global market analysis was performed by a thorough investigation of flexible device manufacturers, raw material suppliers, producers of R2R equipment and developers of new technologies — which accounted for at least 90% of the global market. Data were obtained from the direct contribution of primary sources, including company executives, managers, engineers and other technical personnel representing manufacturers, developers, and users of R2R flexible devices; representatives of academia and trade associations; and industry market analysts.

Additional data for each company were obtained by thoroughly analyzing Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, websites, annual reports, industry directories, industry magazines and catalogs, government sources and other public sources.

Secondary sources of information include, but are not limited to:
U.S. SEC filings.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
European Patent Office.
Company websites.
Company annual reports.
Thomas Register.
Moody’s Directory.
S & P Industry Survey.
Dun & Bradstreet Business Directory.
American Ceramic Society Publications.
American Chemical Society Publications.
Foreign Chamber of Commerce Directories.
Foreign Stock Exchange Listings.

In addition to using the above primary and secondary sources, market growth trends and forecasts were compiled by gaining additional insights from relevant financial and market information, relevant BCC Research reports, and the author’s own in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the collected information.
Chapter- 1: INTRODUCTION - Complimentary 7     $0
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY
INTENDED AUDIENCE
SCOPE OF REPORT
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER

Chapter- 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2 $250
Table Summary : GLOBAL MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE DEVICES MANUFACTURED BY R2R TECHNOLOGIES, THROUGH 2020
Figure Summary : GLOBAL MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE DEVICES MANUFACTURED BY R2R TECHNOLOGIES, 2013-2020

Chapter- 3: OVERVIEW 18     $1116
 INTRODUCTION
IMPORTANCE OF FLEXIBLE DEVICES AND R2R PROCESSES
MILESTONES IN THE HISTORY OF R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES AND RECENT EVENTS
CURRENT AND EMERGING FLEXIBLE DEVICES PRODUCED BY R2R TECHNOLOGIES

Chapter- 4: ROLL-TO-ROLL TECHNOLOGIES     32 $1985
 INTRODUCTION
BASIC ROLL-TO-ROLL FABRICATION PROCESS
SUBSTRATE SELECTION
FILM DEPOSITION AND PATTERNING
CURING
ASSEMBLY, CUTTING, TESTING AND PACKAGING
LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS FROM 2013 TO PRESENT
OTHER RELEVANT R&D ACTIVITIES

Chapter- 5: GLOBAL MARKETS 34 $2109
 ANALYSIS OUTLINE
GLOBAL MARKET SUMMARY
CURRENT MARKET STATUS
MARKET GROWTH TRENDS
MARKET FORECAST

Chapter- 6: GLOBAL INDUSTRY STRUCTURE     35 $2171
 LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY R2R TECHNOLOGIES
LEADING PRODUCERS OF MATERIALS FOR FABRICATION OF FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY R2R TECHNOLOGIES
OTHER PLAYERS IN THE R2R INDUSTRY
COMPANY PROFILES

Chapter- 7: U.S. PATENT ANALYSIS 17 $1054
 INTRODUCTION
SUMMARY OF PATENTS AWARDED DURING THE PERIOD 2013 THROUGH 2015
GENERAL TRENDS
TRENDS BY COUNTRY AND REGION
TRENDS BY ASSIGNEE
TRENDS BY PATENT CATEGORY
TRENDS BY PROCESS
TRENDS BY DEVICE TYPE

List of Tables

Summary Table : GLOBAL MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE DEVICES MANUFACTURED BY R2R TECHNOLOGIES, THROUGH 2020
Table 1 : R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES-TECHNOLOGICAL MILESTONES
Table 2 : FLEXIBLE DEVICES MANUFACTURED BY R2R TECHNOLOGIES, 2015
Table 3 : ELECTROCHROMIC MATERIALS, 2015
Table 4 : BASIC ROLL-TO-ROLL FABRICATION STEPS, 2015
Table 5 : SUBSTRATE MATERIALS FOR R2R MANUFACTURING, 2015
Table 6 : THICK-FILM COATING TECHNOLOGIES, 2015
Table 7 : THIN-FILM COATING TECHNOLOGIES, 2015
Table 8 : LITHOGRAPHIC METHODS, 2015
Table 9 : PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES, 2015
Table 10 : OTHER RELEVANT R&D ACTIVITIES, 2015
Table 11 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES, THROUGH 2020
Table 12 : CURRENT MARKET FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES, THROUGH 2015
Table 13 : CURRENT MARKET FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2015
Table 14 : CURRENT MARKET FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY PROCESS, THROUGH 2015
Table 15 : CURRENT MARKET FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY SUBSTRATE MATERIAL, THROUGH 2015
Table 16 : CURRENT MARKET FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY REGION, THROUGH 2015
Table 17 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR SEMICONDUCTORS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 18 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR PORTABLE COMPUTERS, ULTRA-LIGHT CHROMEBOOKS AND TABLETS, 2015 AND 2020
Table 19 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR MEMS AND NEMS BY TYPE, 2015 AND 2020
Table 20 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR ADVANCED DISPLAYS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020
Table 21 : GLOBAL PRODUCTION FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020
Table 22 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR FUEL CELLS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020
Table 23 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR SENSORS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020
Table 24 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR BIOSENSORS AND OTHER COMMON SENSORS, THROUGH 2020
Table 25 : FILM OR FEATURE THICKNESS ACHIEVABLE BY DIFFERENT PRINTING METHODS, 2015
Table 26 : GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020
Table 27 : GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY PROCESS, THROUGH 2020
Table 28 : GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY SUBSTRATE MATERIAL, THROUGH 2020
Table 29 : GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 30 : LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY R2R TECHNOLOGIES, 2015
Table 31 : LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY R2R TECHNOLOGIES BY DEVICE TYPE, 2015
Table 32 : LEADING SUPPLIERS OF FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY R2R TECHNOLOGIES BY DEVICE TYPE AND REGION, 2015
Table 33 : LEADING PRODUCERS OF MATERIALS FOR FABRICATION OF R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES, 2015
Table 34 : OTHER RELEVANT INDUSTRY PLAYERS, 2015
Table 35 : R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES - U.S. PATENTS, 2015
Table 36 : R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES - U.S. PATENTS, 2014
Table 37 : R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES - U.S. PATENTS, 2013
Table 38 : U.S. PATENT RELATED TO R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES, 2010 TO 2015
Table 39 : ASSIGNEES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES, 2013-2015*

List of Figures

Summary Figure : GLOBAL MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE DEVICES MANUFACTURED BY R2R TECHNOLOGIES, 2013-2020
Figure 1 : NUMBER OF GLOBAL FLEXIBLE DEVICES PATENTS ISSUED, 1970-2014
Figure 2 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES, 2013 TO 2020
Figure 3 : CURRENT MARKET FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES, 2013 TO 2015
Figure 4 : CURRENT MARKET SHARE FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY TYPE, 2015
Figure 5 : CURRENT MARKET SHARE FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY PROCESS, 2015
Figure 6 : CURRENT MARKET SHARE FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY SUBSTRATE MATERIAL, 2015
Figure 7 : CURRENT MARKET SHARE FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY REGION, 2015
Figure 8 : GLOBAL MARKET SHARE FOR ADVANCED DISPLAYS BY TYPE, 2015 AND 2020
Figure 9 : GLOBAL PRODUCTION SHARE FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES BY TYPE, 2020
Figure 10 : GLOBAL MARKET SHARE FORECAST FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY TYPE, 2020
Figure 11 : GLOBAL MARKET SHARE FORECAST FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY PROCESS, 2020
Figure 12 : GLOBAL MARKET SHARE FORECAST FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY SUBSTRATE MATERIAL, 2020
Figure 13 : GLOBAL MARKET SHARE FORECAST FOR R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY REGION, 2020
Figure 14 : U.S. PATENT RELATED TO R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES, 2010-2015
Figure 15 : SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY REGION, 2013-2015*
Figure 16 : U.S. PATENT RELATED TO R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY COUNTRY, 2013-2015*
Figure 17 : SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY ORGANIZATION TYPE, 2013-2015*
Figure 18 : SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY CATEGORY, 2013-2015*
Figure 19 : SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY PROCESS, 2013-2015*
Figure 20 : SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO R2R FLEXIBLE DEVICES BY TYPE, 2013-2015*

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