Transparent Ceramics: Technologies and Global Markets

 Published On: Apr, 2017 |    No of Pages: 124 |  Published By: BCC Research | Format: PDF
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The global market for transparent ceramics reached $194.1 million in 2016. The market should reach $227.3 million in 2017 and $548.7 million by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.3% from 2017 to 2022.

Introduction

Study Goals and Objectives


Transparent ceramics is a category of ceramic materials that has attracted increasing interest from both the scientific community and industry due to a combination of unique optical, mechanical, physical and chemical properties of these materials, which make them suitable for several demanding applications.

There is growing interest in the application of these materials as a replacement for single crystals as well as for the fabrication of new generations of devices within the optoelectronics and energy sectors. In this study, BCC Research provides a current and detailed assessment of the transparent ceramics market, including an objective analysis of industry and technological trends, and prospects for future growth. In addition, an updated review of the most significant advances in transparent ceramic technology and fabrication methods is offered, with a focus on those technologies that will contribute to market growth during the next five years.

Specifically, the major objectives of this study are to:

-Identify various commercially available transparent ceramic materials, including a description of their types and manufacturing methods.
-Provide an update on the most advanced processes employed for the fabrication of transparent ceramics.
-Highlight new technological developments during the past two years, while outlining current technical issues.
-Review existing fields of application for transparent ceramics and examine emerging applications.
-Estimate current global markets for transparent ceramics by material type, application, and region, with growth forecasts through 2022 for each market segment.
-Identify important technology and industry trends within each market segment.
-Offer an updated review of current industry players, including manufacturers of transparent ceramic materials and fabrication equipment, technology developers, and future market participants.
-Provide a description of the most relevant research and development activities.
-Determine trends in recently issued U.S. patents.

Reasons for Doing This Study

Transparent ceramics are defined as inorganic, non-metallic polycrystalline materials that transmit light with wavelengths in the visible electromagnetic spectrum. In recent years, the definition has expanded to include materials that also allow light with wavelengths in the ultraviolet and infrared regions of the spectrum to pass through.

The global transparent materials industry is currently valued at over $250 billion and continues to expand at a moderate rate. Transparent ceramics represent a very small share of this vast market (less than 1%) but are expected to grow at an accelerated rate during the next five years. The increased market penetration of these materials can be attributed to various factors, including rising demand for solid-state lighting, solar cells, and other devices requiring advanced optical properties.

Over time, many types of transparent ceramics have been introduced, made from different materials such as oxides, non-oxides, and mixed systems. These products are manufactured using a variety of processes aimed at obtaining a microstructure that is free from microscopic defects which negatively affect optical, mechanical and chemical properties. One aim of these new processes is to manufacture ceramics with high transparency at low cost in order to make these materials more affordable for an increasing number of emerging applications.

The principal objective of this report is to present a current assessment of the transparent ceramic industry from both a technological and market point of view and to 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 materials expands and new fields of application emerge, information on suppliers and developers of transparent ceramic materials and their regional distribution becomes more valuable.

-An equally important reason for undertaking this report is to convey technical insights into the manufacturing of transparent ceramics by:
-Providing a review of materials, compositions, and applications.
-Identifying current technological trends.
-Presenting an overview of the main global R&D activities related to transparent ceramic materials, 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 transparent ceramics.
-Supply raw materials for production of transparent ceramics.
-Manufacture process equipment utilized by producers of transparent ceramics.
-Fabricate products based on transparent ceramics (such as lasers, optoelectronic devices, smart military systems, armors, medical instruments, and light-based sensors).
-Manufacture testing and characterization equipment for transparent ceramics.
-Provide technical or marketing services in conjunction with transparent ceramic products.
-Are planning to enter the transparent ceramics industry as a supplier, manufacturer, service provider, or consumer.

Overall, this study applies to industry sectors such as aerospace and defense, energy, healthcare, mechanical and chemical, optics and optoelectronics, sensors and instrumentation, and consumer. This research report is primarily designed for executives, directors, operations managers, sales and marketing managers, and strategic planners working within the transparent ceramics industry. Universities and research facilities may also find this study to be a good source of technical information regarding transparent ceramic materials and 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 transparent ceramics industry.

Scope of Report

This report provides an updated review of transparent ceramic materials and their fabrication processes and identifies current and emerging applications for these technologies.

BCC Research delineates the current market status for transparent ceramics, defines trends, and presents growth forecasts for the next five years. The transparent ceramic market is analyzed based on the following segments: material type, application, 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 transparent ceramics are provided, including an outline of recent events. Current and emerging applications for transparent ceramics are also identified and grouped into segments of aerospace and defense, consumer, energy, healthcare, mechanical and chemical, optics and optoelectronics, sensors and instrumentation, and other industries.

The second section provides a technological review of transparent ceramic materials, with a description of their types, and an outline of the most commonly used materials. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments since 2015, 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 consists of a global market analysis of transparent ceramics. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented for each segment (material type, application, and region), with actual data referring to the years 2015 and 2016, and estimates for 2017.

The analysis of current transparent ceramics revenues 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 transparent ceramics within each segment, together with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for the period 2017 through 2022.

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

The fifth and final section includes an analysis of recently issued U.S. patents, with a summary of patents related to transparent ceramic materials, fabrication methods, and applications. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, application, and material type.
Chapter- 1: Introduction 9    
Study Goals and Objectives
Reasons for Doing This Study
Intended Audience
Scope of Report
Methodology and Information Sources
Geographic Breakdown
Analyst's Credentials
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Chapter- 2: Executive Summary 2 $250
Table 1 : Summary Table: Global Market for Transparent Ceramics, Through 2022
Figure 1 : Summary Figure: Global Market for Transparent Ceramics, 2015-2022

Chapter- 3: Market and Technology Background    10 $665
Introduction
Current and Emerging Applications for Transparent Ceramics

Chapter- 4: Technology 21 $1397
Introduction
Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Inorganic Materials
Comparison between Transparency of Single Crystals and Ceramics
Comparison between transparent ceramics and glass-ceramics
Latest Technological Developments, 2015 to Present
Other Relevant R&D Activities

Chapter- 5: Global Markets     34 $2262
Analysis outline
Global Market Summary
Current Market Status
Market Growth Trends
Market Forecast

Chapter- 6: Global Industry Structure     17 $1131
Leading Suppliers of Transparent Ceramics
Other Industry Players
Company Profiles

Chapter- 7: Patent Analysis     30 $1996
Introduction
Summary of Recently Awarded Patents
General Trends
Trends by Country and Region
Trends by Assignee
Trends by Patent Category
Trends by Application
Trends by Material Type

Chapter- 8: Appendix A List of Acronyms 1 $67
     
List of Tables

Table 1 : Summary Table: Global Market for Transparent Ceramics, Through 2022
Table 2 : The Transparent Materials Industry, 2017
Table 3 : Technological Milestones of Transparent Ceramics
Table 4 : Applications of Transparent Ceramics in Optics and Optoelectronics, 2017
Table 5 : Applications of Transparent Ceramics in Aerospace and Defense, 2017
Table 6 : Applications of Transparent Ceramics in Mechanical and Chemical Sector, 2017
Table 7 : Applications of Transparent Ceramics in Sensors and Instrumentation, 2017
Table 8 : Applications of Transparent Ceramics in Healthcare, 2017
Table 9 : Applications of Transparent Ceramics in Healthcare, 2017
Table 10 : Applications of Transparent Ceramics in Energy and Other Applications, 2017
Table 11 : Basic Fabrication Process for Transparent Ceramics, 2017
Table 12 : Transparent Ceramics Material, 2017
Table 13 : Typical Rit Values for Common Transparent Ceramics, 2017
Table 14 : Properties of Transparent Ceramics, Transparent Glass-Ceramics and Glass Typical Rit Values for Common Transparent Ceramics, 2017
Table 15 : Other Relevant R&D Activities
Table 16 : Global Market for Transparent Ceramics, Through 2022
Table 17 : Current Market for Transparent Ceramics, 2015-2017
Table 18 : Global Market for Transparent Ceramics by Material Type, 2017
Table 19 : Global Market for Oxides by Material, 2017
Table 20 : Global Market for Transparent Ceramics by Application, 2017
Table 21 : Global Market for Transparent Ceramics by Region, Through 2017
Table 22 : Global Market for Lighting by Type, through 2022
Table 23 : Global Market for Light-Emitting Diodes by Segment, through 2022
Table 24 : Global Market for Lasers by Type, through 2022
Table 25 : Global Market for Optical Fibers, through 2022
Table 26 : Global Market for Displays by Device Type, through 2022
Table 27 : Global Market for Aerospace by Region, through 2022
Table 28 : Global Market for Wear and Corrosion Resistant Parts by Type, through 2022
Table 29 : Global Market for Sensors by Type, through 2022
Table 30 : Global Market for Implatable Devices by Region, through 2022
Table 31 : Global Market for Implatable Devices by Type, through 2022
Table 32 : Global Production of Photovoltaic Modules by Type, through 2022
Table 33 : The Nanotechnology Industry, 2017
Table 34 : Global Market for Nanotechnology by Segment, through 2022
Table 35 : Global Market for Transparent Ceramics by Application, through 2022
Table 36 : Global Market for Transparent Ceramics by Material Type, through 2022
Table 37 : Global Market for Oxides by Material, through 2022
Table 38 : Global Market for Transparent Ceramics by Region, through 2022
Table 39 : Leading Suppliers of Transprent Ceramics, 2017
Table 40 : Leading Manufacturers of Transprent Ceramics by Type, 2017
Table 41 : Leading Suppliers of Transparent Ceramics by Type and Region, 2017
Table 42 : Other Relevant Industry Players, 2017
Table 43 : U.S. Transparent Ceramics Patents, 2016
Table 44 : U.S. Transparent Ceramics Patents, 2016
Table 45 : U.S. Transparent Ceramics Patent Trends, through 2016
Table 46 : Assignees of U.S. Patents Related to Ultrathin Film Fabrication Processes, 2015-2016

List of Figures

Figure 1 : Summary Figure: Global Market for Transparent Ceramics, 2015-2022
Figure 2 : Global Patent Applications and Patents Issued for Transparent Ceramics, 1971-2016
Figure 3 : Transparent Materials
Figure 4 : Global Market for Transparent Ceramics, 2015-2022
Figure 5 : Current Market for Transparent Ceramics, 2015-2017
Figure 6 : Global Market Share of Transparent Ceramics by Material Type, 2017
Figure 7 : Global Market Share of Oxides by Material, 2017
Figure 8 : Global Market Share of Transparent Ceramics by Application, 2017
Figure 9 : Global Market Share of Transparent Ceramics by Region, 2017
Figure 10 : Global Market Share of Lighting by Type, 2017
Figure 11 : Global Market Share of Light-Emitting Diodes by Segment, 2022
Figure 12 : Global Market Share of Lasers by Type, 2022
Figure 13 : Global Market Share of Wear and Corrosion Resistant Parts by Type, 2022
Figure 14 : Global Market Share of Implantable Devices by Region, 2022
Figure 15 : Global Market Share of Implantable Devices by Type, 2022
Figure 16 : Global Production Share of of Photovoltaic Modules by Type, 2022
Figure 17 : Global Market Share of Nanotechnology by Segment, 2022
Figure 18 : Global Market Share of Transparent Ceramics by Application, 2022
Figure 19 : Global Market Share of Transparent Ceramics by Material Type, 2022
Figure 20 : Global Market Share of Oxides by Material, 2022
Figure 21 : Global Market Share of Transparent cermaics by Region, 2022
Figure 22 : U.S. Transparent Ceramics Patent Trends, 2012-2016
Figure 23 : Patent Share of Transparent Ceramics by Region, 2015-2016
Figure 24 : Patent Share of Transparent Ceramics by Country, 2015 and 2016
Figure 25 : U.S. Patent Shares of Transparent Ceramics by Organization Type, 2015-2016
Figure 26 : U.S. Patent Shares of Transparent Ceramics by Category, 2015-2016
Figure 27 : U.S. Patent Shares of Transparent Ceramics by Application, 2012-2014
Figure 28 : U.S. Patent Shares of Transparent Ceramics by Material Type, 2012-2014

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