Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) June 23, 2013
“Flexible Applications Based on Printed Electronics Technologies 2013 Report” Key Features Of The Report
- Flexible and printed electronics market forecast 2013 - 2020
- Application roadmaps & timelines
- Detailed manufacturing process flows
- Technical challenges
- Analyzed applications: displays, lighting, photovoltaics, sensing , substrates
- Polytronics & smart systems
Combined flexible & printed electronic applications (http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/255946-flexible-applications-based-on-printed-electronics-technologies-2013-report.html) could reach US$1B in 2020. Multiple applications are driving growth!
Technical Challenges Are Close To Being Overcome To Reach US$1B Market By 2020
The different degrees of freedom in flexibility that can be obtained can be divided into:
- Conformable substrate: the flexible substrate will be shaped in a definitive way after processing
- “Bendable” substrate: they can be rolled and bent many times (even if it is considered it would not be a key feature coming from customer needs)
- “Unused” flexibility: in the end, the flexibility is not an added value to the customer
The report estimates the printed & flexible electronics market will grow from ~ $176M in 2013 to ~ $950M in 2020 with a 27% CAGR in market value. Printed OLED displays for large size (TVs) are likely to become the largest market. For OLED lighting, we believe it will grow but remain a niche market for automotive and/ or office lighting. For PV, the market demand by 2020 will remain very low compared to the demand for rigid PV, largely below 1% of the global market demand by 2020. Sensor, smart system & polytronic applications will include sensors, touchless / touch screens, RFID applications.
A Wide, Exciting Range Of New Application
Printed & flexible electronics is a new exiting technology with large potential market expectations. Indeed, as semiconductors move to the very small with 22nm critical dimension, printed electronics moves to the other end of the spectrum with its own material, equipment, process challenges and supply chain. Printed electronics will not kill semiconductor electronics as it will not be a replacement for CMOS silicon. However, it will create new industry segments and new classes of applications with unique features, benefits and costs that cannot be addressed with conventional semiconductor electronics.
For example, we believe printing technologies will also allow additional properties such as flexibility. Originally, the general vision for printed electronics was the possibility to print low-cost electronic components on any substrate. It was supposed to allow low-cost, low efficiency, large volume electronics manufacturing, and it was supposed to create a large multiplicity of applications. Flexible electronics appeared quite soon after envisaging printability. Such devices were supposed to allow new applications directly linked to flexibility.
Moreover, the coming of polytronic technologies is a disruptive approach that could change the way printed & flexible electronic devices will be manufactured. It can be considered a new alternative to the “More Moore” approach where Si ICs, thin films, micro batteries, displays etc. … will be embedded in a flexible substrate. The global interest in polytronics is born from the difficulties faced by the flexible & printed electronics industry. It is an alternate way to come to similar results while trying to avoid some of the main challenges.
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For printed and flexible electronics, every application has its own challenges. For example, flexibility challenges for small screen OLEDs are:
- Expensive encapsulation with slow manufacturing processes today
- Low number of material suppliers
- No high throughput equipment
- Still high cost etc.
To achieve printability, there are additional challenges: the need for efficient materials (long lifetime, good printability, good conductivity etc.), need for efficient processes and cost-effective manufacturing equipment, for example.
Objectives Of The Report
For systems makers:
- Understand the potential of the printed electronics market
- Understand the technical challenges
For devices makers:
- Identify and evaluate the printed electronic markets with market size & growth
- Analyze the threads and opportunities
- Monitor and benchmark competitor’s advancements
For chemical & tool companies:
- Identify what are the technical hurdles for printed electronics
- Analyze the threads and opportunities
For financial & Strategic investors:
- Understand the main market dynamics and technological trends
- Get the list of key players
Companies Cited In The Report - 3M, Add-Vision, AGC, AGFA, Air Products, Aixtron, Altadevices, Applied materials, Arjowiggins, Arkema, Armor, Astron Flamm, Asys Solar, BASF, Beneq, Bosch, Boschmann, Cabot, Cambrios, Canatu, Canon, Catrene, CEA LITEN, Central Standard Timing, Ceradrop, Ceres, Chimet, CIT, CNM, Creative Materials, DEK, DisaSolar, DNP, DOW, Dupont, Dupont Teijin, Dyesol, Dynamic Organic Light, Eight 19, E-ink, Elecon and more.
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