Global Markets, Technologies and Applications for Flexible Displays

 Published On: Aug, 2017 |    No of Pages: 165 |  Published By: BCC Research-JT Gabrielsen Consulting LLC Research | Format: PDF
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The global market for flexible displays reached $1.7 billion in 2016. The market should reach $3.1 billion in 2017 and $12.6 billion by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.4% from 2017 to 2022.

Report Includes

-An overview of the market for technologies and applications for flexible display.
-Analyses of global market trends with data from 2016, estimates for 2017, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2022.
-Discussion of the technology involved, including organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), electrophoretic, and electrowetting.
-A breakdown of devices in the market, such as E-readers, notebooks, mobile phones, signage, tablets, and E-papers.
-A breakdown of the market by region, including the Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific.
-Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the industry.

Study Goals and Objectives

This study’s goals and objectives are:

•To measure and forecast the market size for flexible displays, broken down by key applications internalizing them in value as well as volume terms.
•To break down the overall flexible display market along individual applications, including E-book readers and tablets; notebooks and personal computers (PCs); mobile phones and smartphones; gaming devices and media players; automotive and navigation; smartcards and other cards; signage and billboards; retail and logistics; and wearables and defense.
•To break down the individual flexible display application market along display technologies, including organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays; electrophoretic displays (EPD); and electrowetting + choleric liquid crystal display (ChLCD) + Organic LCD (OLCD).
•To break down the individual flexible display application market along lithography/printing technologies, including shadow mask/vapor deposition and other low-resolution technologies; inkjet printing; imprint lithography; and photolithography
•To break down the individual flexible display application market along fabrication technologies, including conventional (batch) fabrication; and Roll-to-Roll and others.
•To analyze the patenting activity involving flexible displays.
•To analyze the stakeholder landscape in the flexible display commercialization endeavors.

Reasons for Doing This Study

Looking at flexibility holistically, flexible displays can improve the quality of existing display functions; and it can synthesize new functions and use-cases altogether. Predictably, the industry is occupied with the first set of benefits. The history of semiconductor device evolution bears witness to the fact that mature technologies are the ones that have broken new frontiers of usage. Thus, this report explores the path of the display industry as it engages in its quest towards internalizing flexibility in different stages of its value creation - display technologies, fabrication technologies and printing/lithography technologies.

Scope of Report

The report provides a snapshot of the market for flexible displays and the share of principal display technologies that constitute it. It also provides an overview of flexible display technologies, fabrication technologies and printing/lithography technologies as well as back-end design aspects. Key front-end display emission technologies are explained in context to their suitability for flexible displays. The report also includes a high-level breakdown of the global market for flexible displays.

The report also reviews the global market for flexible displays in key applications, broken down by individual applications by display technologies and geographical regions in dollar sales as well as unit shipments. A review of patents analyzes the U.S. patents granted in the relevant areas of flexible displays.

Finally, the report presents vendor and stakeholder analysis with an overview of the major stakeholder classes engaged in flexible display commercialization. It also analyzes the activities of key players in this domain.
This report considers the following applications:

•E-book readers and tablets.
•Notebooks and PCs.
•Mobile phones and smartphones.
•Gaming devices and media players.
•Automotive and navigation.
•Smartcards and other cards.
•Signage and billboards.
•Retail and logistics.
•Wearables and defense.

It should be noted that this report does not cover television displays. It also does not cover displays used in scientific applications and industrial instruments.

The above list is not an exhaustive coverage of flexible displays and applications. It is widely expected that flexible displays will expand the horizons of present-day display applications and that display manufacturers will discover new surfaces, substrates, and bases that can host display functions.
Information Sources

This report will be relevant to:

•Display technology specialists to directly assess the market potential of their products.
•Supply chain constituents of flexible back-ends to evaluate technologies and applications for focusing their marketing efforts.
•Application device OEMs to ascertain the quantitative difference that flexible displays will make to their products.

Methodology

Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in this study. Primary sources included interviews with industry experts; secondary sources included industry consortia, individual company financial statements, published opinions, and other published sources.

Geographic Breakdown

In this report, the geographic regions considered for market analysis include, and only include:

•Americas
•EMEA
•APAC
Chapter 1: Introduction .. 1
Study Goals and Objectives .. 1
Reasons for Doing This Study .. 2
Scope of Report .. 2
Information Sources .. 3
Methodology .. 3
Geographic Breakdown .. 3
Analyst's Credentials .. 8
Related BCC Research Reports .. 8
Chapter 2: Summary and Highlights .. 10
Chapter 3: Overview of Flexible Displays .. 14
Definition .. 14
Introduction to Display Components .. 14
Present-day Display Technologies .. 15
CRT .. 15
LCD .. 15
LED .. 16
Plasma .. 16
Implications of Flexibility .. 16
Flexible Back-end Materials: The Thin-Film Transistor Story .. 17
Flexible Batteries .. 18
Flexible Encapsulation .. 19
Flexibility in Substrates .. 19
Dynamic Interferometry .. 20
AMAX Evaporation Printing .. 21
Roll-to-Roll Processing .. 21
Front-end Emission (Display) Technologies .. 21
Global Market Overview for Shipments .. 21
Organic Light Emitting Diode .. 22
Introduction .. 22
How It Works .. 23
Suitability for Flexible Displays .. 23
Major OLED Commercialization Announcements .. 23
Electrophoretic Displays .. 24
Introduction .. 24
How it Works .. 24
Suitability for Flexible Displays .. 25
Electrowetting, ChLCD and OLCD .. 26
Electrowetting Displays .. 26
ChLCD from Kent Displays Inc. .. 28
Flexible Organic LCD from FlexEnable .. 28
Printing and Lithography Technologies .. 28
Global Market Overview .. 28
Shadow Mask/Vapor Deposition and Other Low-Resolution Technologies .. 30
Inkjet Printing .. 31
Imprint Lithography.. 32
Photolithography .. 32
Substrate Fabrication Methodologies .. 32
Global Market Overview .. 33
Conventional Fabrication .. 34
Roll-to-Roll and Others .. 34
Breakdown by Region .. 35
Breakdown by Applications .. 37
Challenges in Flexible Display Synthesis and Industry Solutions .. 40
Flexible and Temperature Resistant Substrate .. 40
Low Yields .. 40
4D Technology PolarCam Micropolarizer for R2R Substrates .. 40
4D Technology FlexCam Optical Surface Profiler Micropolarizer for R2R Substrates .. 40
NovaCentrix PulseForge: Addressing the Curing Dilemma .. 41
Chapter 4: Global Market for Flexible Displays in Key Applications .. 43
E-Book Readers and Tablets .. 43
Breakdown by Display Technologies .. 43
Breakdown by Printing and Lithography Technologies .. 45
Breakdown by Substrate Fabrication Methodologies .. 47
Breakdown by Region .. 48
Notebooks and Personal Computers .. 50
Breakdown by Display Technologies .. 50
Breakdown by Printing and Lithography Technology .. 51
Breakdown by Substrate Fabrication Methodology .. 53
Breakdown by Region .. 55
Mobile Phones and Smartphones .. 56
Breakdown by Display Technology .. 56
Breakdown by Printing and Lithography Technology .. 58
Breakdown by Substrate Fabrication Methodology .. 60
Breakdown by Region .. 62
Gaming Devices and Media Players .. 63
Breakdown by Display Technology .. 64
Breakdown by Printing and Lithography Technology .. 65
Breakdown by Substrate Fabrication Methodology .. 67
Breakdown by Region .. 69
Automotive and Navigation .. 70
Breakdown by Display Technologies .. 70
Breakdown by Printing and Lithography Technology .. 72
Breakdown by Substrate Fabrication Methodology .. 74
Breakdown by Region .. 76
Smart Cards and Other Cards .. 77
Breakdown by Display Technology .. 78
Breakdown by Printing and Lithography Technology .. 79
Breakdown by Substrate Fabrication Methodology .. 81
Breakdown by Region .. 83
Signage and Billboards .. 84
Breakdown by Display Technologies .. 85
Breakdown by Printing and Lithography Technology .. 86
Breakdown by Substrate Fabrication Methodology .. 88
Breakdown by Region .. 90
Retail and Logistics .. 91
Breakdown by Display Technology .. 92
Breakdown by Printing and Lithography Technologies .. 93
Breakdown by Substrate Fabrication Methodology .. 95
Breakdown by Regions .. 97
Wearables and Defense .. 98
Breakdown by Display Technology .. 99
Breakdown by Printing and Lithography Technology .. 100
Breakdown by Substrate Fabrication Methodology .. 102
Breakdown by Region .. 104
Chapter 5: Patent Analysis .. 107
Trends by Functional Categories .. 107
Trends by Year .. 116
Trends by Country .. 117
Trends by Assignee .. 118
Chapter 6: Analysis of Market Opportunities .. 129
Challenges and Display Technologies .. 129
Stakeholder Approach to Problem Solving .. 129
End-Application Dynamics and Market Opportunity .. 131
E-Book Readers and Tablets .. 131
Notebooks and PCs .. 131
Mobile Phones and Smartphones .. 131
Gaming Devices and Media Players .. 132
Automotive and Navigation .. 132
Smart Cards and Other Cards .. 132
Signage and Billboards .. 133
Retail and Logistics .. 133
Wearables and Defense .. 133
Chapter 7: Company Profiles .. 135
Longevity Dilemma .. 135
Delaying Factors .. 135
Hope Ahead .. 136
Stakeholder Categories .. 136
Display Makers .. 137
OEMs .. 137
Back-end Flexibility Specialists .. 137
Front-End Emission Specialists .. 138
Flexible Battery Developers .. 138
Research Institutions .. 138
Substrate and Encapsulation Specialists .. 138
Glass Manufacturers .. 139
Equipment and Process Experts .. 139
Company Profiles .. 139
About BCC Research .. 179
About BCC Research .. 180
BCC Membership .. 180
BCC Custom Research .. 180   

List of Tables
Summary Table Global Market for Flexible Displays, by Technology, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 10
Table 1 Shipments of Flexible Displays, by Display Technology, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 22
Table 2 Global Market for Flexible Displays, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 29
Table 3 Shipments of Flexible Displays, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 30
Table 4 Global Market for Flexible Displays, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 33
Table 5 Shipments of Flexible Displays, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 34
Table 6 Global Market for Flexible Displays, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 36
Table 7 Shipments of Flexible Displays, by Region, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 36
Table 8 Global Market for Flexible Displays, by Application, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 37
Table 9 Shipments of Flexible Displays, by Application, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 38
Table 10 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in E-Book Reader and Tablet Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 44
Table 11 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in E-Book Reader and Tablet Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 44
Table 12 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in E-Book Reader and Tablet Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 45
Table 13 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in E-Book Reader and Tablet Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 46
Table 14 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in E-Book Reader and Tablet Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 47
Table 15 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in E-Book Reader and Tablet Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 48
Table 16 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in E-Book Reader and Tablet Applications, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 49
Table 17 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in E-Book Reader and Tablet Applications, by Region, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 49
Table 18 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Notebook and PC Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 50
Table 19 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Notebook and PC Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 51
Table 20 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Notebook and PC Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 52
Table 21 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Notebook and PC Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 Millions of Units) .. 53
Table 22 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Notebook and PC Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 54
Table 23 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Notebook and PC Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 Millions of Units) .. 54
Table 24 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Notebook and PC Applications, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 55
Table 25 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Notebook and PC Applications, by Geographical Region, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 56
Table 26 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Mobile Phone and Smartphone Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 57
Table 27 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Mobile Phone and Smartphone Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 58
Table 28 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Mobile Phone and Smartphone Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 59
Table 29 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Mobile Phone and Smartphone Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 60
Table 30 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Mobile Phone and Smartphone Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 61
Table 31 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Mobile Phone and Smartphone Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units).. 61
Table 32 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Mobile Phone and Smartphone Applications, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 62
Table 33 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Mobile Phone and Smartphone Applications, by Region, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 63
Table 34 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Gaming Devices and Media Player Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 64
Table 35 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Gaming Devices and Media Player Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 65
Table 36 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Gaming Devices and Media Player Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 66
Table 37 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Gaming Devices and Media Player Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 67
Table 38 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Gaming Devices and Media Player Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 68
Table 39 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Gaming Devices and Media Player Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 68
Table 40 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Gaming Devices and Media Player Applications, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 69
Table 41 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Gaming Devices and Media Player Applications, by Region, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 70
Table 42 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Automotive and Navigation Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 71
Table 43 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Automotive and Navigation Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 72
Table 44 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Automotive and Navigation Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 73
Table 45 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Automotive and Navigation Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 74
Table 46 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Automotive and Navigation Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 75
Table 47 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Automotive and Navigation Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 75
Table 48 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Automotive and Navigation Applications, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 76
Table 49 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Automotive and Navigation Applications, by Region, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 77
Table 50 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Smart Card and Other Card Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 78
Table 51 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Smart Card and Other Card Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 79
Table 52 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Smart Card and Other Card Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 80
Table 53 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Smart Card and Other Card Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 81
Table 54 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Smart Card and Other Card Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 82
Table 55 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Smart Card and Other Card Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 82
Table 56 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Smart Card and Other Card Applications, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 83
Table 57 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Smart Card and Other Card Applications, by Region, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 84
Table 58 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Signage and Billboard Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 85
Table 59 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Signage and Billboard Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 86
Table 60 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Signage and Billboard Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 87
Table 61 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Signage and Billboard Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 88
Table 62 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Signage and Billboard Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 89
Table 63 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Signage and Billboard Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 89
Table 64 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Signage and Billboard Applications, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 90
Table 65 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Signage and Billboard Applications, by Region, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 91
Table 66 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Retail and Logistics Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) ... 92
Table 67 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Retail and Logistics Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 93
Table 68 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Retail and Logistics Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 94
Table 69 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Retail and Logistics Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 95
Table 70 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Retail and Logistics Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 96
Table 71 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Retail and Logistics Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 96
Table 72 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Retail and Logistics Applications, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 97
Table 73 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Retail and Logistics Applications, by Region, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 98
Table 74 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Wearables and Defense Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 99
Table 75 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Wearables and Defense Applications, by Display Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 100
Table 76 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Wearables and Defense Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 101
Table 77 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Wearables and Defense Applications, by Printing and Lithography Technology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 102
Table 78 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Wearables and Defense Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 103
Table 79 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Wearables and Defense Applications, by Substrate Fabrication Methodology Type, Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 103
Table 80 Global Market for Flexible Displays Employed in Wearables and Defense Applications, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 104
Table 81 Shipments of Flexible Displays Employed in Wearables and Defense Applications, by Region,Through 2022 (Millions of Units) .. 105
Table 82 U.S. Patents in Flexible Displays, by Patent Category, 1976–April 2017.. 115
Table 83 U.S. Patents in Flexible Displays, by Grant Year, 1976–April 2017 .. 116
Table 84 U.S. Patents in Flexible Displays, by Grant Year, 1976–April 2017 .. 117
Table 85 Assignees for U.S. Patents in Flexible Displays, 1976–April 2017 .. 118
Table 86 Assignees of Four or More U.S. Patents in Flexible Displays, 1976–April 2017 .. 121   

List of Figures
Summary Figure Global Market for Flexible Displays, by Technology, 2016–2022 ($ Millions) ...... 11

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