New Report Analyzes Equipment and Material Markets for Printed and Flexible Electronics

Published on March 7, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Market & Technology Trends in Materials & Equipment for Printed & Flexible Electronics 2014" report to their offering.

In this report, we analyze, estimate and forecast the equipment and material markets for printed and flexible electronics. Equipment and materials markets are still low, and will remain so over the next several years. Nevertheless the start of the industry ramp up is expected before 2020. This start is expected in 2018 for materials. It will be driven by the OLED industry that will represent a global market of almost $ 170M in 2020 (OLED only). The equipment market will start its ramp up sooner than materials, as device manufacturers will have to prepare for upcoming volumes. Our model for equipment forecasts is based on existing and future projects in printed and flexible electronics.

Today it is unclear which deposition process will be used and companies often buy cluster tools with different deposition processes inside. In our scenario, ramp up is expected to start in 2015, thanks to conformable OLED displays, growing to over $1.3B in 2020 for the OLED industry alone.

For now, organic electronics are made on rigid substrates and mainly manufactured using vapor deposition techniques, which are costly, generally require high temperatures and generate significant product waste. Printed and flexible electronics has been a very hot topic in this past decade, holding the promise of a tremendous new market. While the printing of electronics is mainly a way to produce large electronic surfaces and reduce manufacturing costs, flexibility will provide higher robustness to the end products as well as new features, designs and shapes.

Indeed the main challenges today lay in:

  • The development of high performance materials which will reach or surpass that of inorganic solutions: their intrinsic efficiency, their ability to be printed at a sufficient resolution, to fully operate in combination with several other materials (not to mix one with another), and their lifetime.
  • The capability for chemicals companies to provide formulated molecules with new functionalities as well as very specialized active materials.
  • Equipment dedicated to printed electronics, that are able to handle specialized inks and to provide printing accuracy way beyond that of standard printing (in the 10s of µm range).

This report, aims at giving insights on:

  • The market and applications for Printed & Flexible electronics
  • The timeline by applications (displays, lighting, solar cells, sensors, system-in-foil)
  • The different production processes and technical challenges
  • Equipment forecast
  • Technical requirements & challenges for materials
  • Cost structure material
  • Material forecast
  • Main players status

Key Features

  • Identification of technical hurdles for printed & flexible electronics (OLEDs lighting, OLEDs displays, PV, sensors)
  • Threats and opportunities for equipment and materials companies
  • 2013-2020 market forecast for equipment and materials in units and US$ value
  • 2013-2020 market forecast for printed & flexible electronics applications in US$ and m² surface
  • Application landscape and roadmap
  • Processes description and roadmap
  • Materials issues
  • Devices structure
  • Cost structure analysis over time

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive summary

2. 2013-2020 market & applications for printed & flexible electronics

3. Production Processes

4. Equipment for printed & flexible electronics

5. Materials for printed & flexible electronics

6. Forecast

7. Conclusions

8. Appendices

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