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Trends & Forecast Report on Global Thin Film Material Market

Published on April 2, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Thin Film Material Market By Type, End-User Industry and Deposition Processes - Global Trends & Forecast to 2018" report to their offering.

Thin film materials are primarily used in photovoltaic solar cells, MEMS, electrical, semiconductor and optical coating. The photovoltaic solar cells industry is growing at a high rate, while the MEMS industry is experiencing steady growth.

The research and development cost involved in the thin film materials in terms of man hours, material, and technology is significant. There is a lot of R&D required at the micro level in thin film material to deliver a quality product. The growth in the global market requires constant innovation and the introduction of new and improved products and technologies that meet the requirements. This has contributed largely to an enhanced focus on R&D by the players to bring new products with better efficiency as well as to decrease the cost of production by implementation of new technologies.

The raw material used for thin film materials include cadmium, telluride, copper, indium, gallium, and selenide. Every thin film is unique and the manufacturers use their own set of raw material and ingredients to manufacture these material. Any change in the demand and supply of these raw material could have a impact on the thin film materials industry. The raw material such as copper are easy to source, but metals like cadmium are difficult to source because of their toxic nature. Cadmium was banned in the European Union, but recently the ban was partially revoked, and the usage of cadmium was restricted only to thin film photovoltaic cell. This was done to cash in on the better properties such as, higher efficiency and simple manufacturing method offered by Cdte as a thin film material.

Scope of the Report

Deposition Process

  • Chemical deposition process
  • Physical deposition process

Types of Thin Film Material

  • Amorphous silica (a-Si)
  • Cadmium telluride (CdTe)
  • Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS)
  • Others

Application

  • Photovoltaic solar cell
  • MEMS
  • Semiconductor and electrical (circuit board)
  • Optical coating
  • Others

Companies Mentioned

  • Anwell Solar
  • Ascent Solar Technologies Inc.
  • Avancis Gmbh & Co Kg
  • Cicor Technologies Ltd.
  • First Solar Inc. & Company
  • Hanergy
  • Kaneka Solar Energy
  • Masdar Pv Gmbh
  • Moser Baer India Ltd.
  • Solar Frontier
  • Suntech Power Holding Co. Ltd.
  • Trony Solar Holding Co. Ltd.

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2879xk/thin_film

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