- Assessment of the complex material landscape that provide "active" functionality
- Application requirements, latest material progress and unmet needs
- Key suppliers and global trends
The printed electronics industry is largely being driven forward by innovation in materials. In fact, the material end of the value is currently where most of the action and value is. Every large material and chemical company in the world is involved and the business landscape is full of SMEs and start-ups hoping to commercialize their latest innovative materials.
The advanced material space is inevitably highly diverse and complex. On the technical side, printable materials must fulfil a variety of roles ranging from conducting to insulting, rigid to stretchable, transparent to light-emitting, screen to inkjet printing, thermal to photo-curing, etc.
On the commercial side, printable materials must satisfy the challenging performance and price requirements exacted by devices, applications, and markets that fall under the greater umbrella term of 'printed electronics'. This is a diverse and broad group that includes displays and lighting, photovoltaics, transistors and memory, smart packaging, etc
The materials business remains the most exciting, dynamic, and innovative part of the printed electronics industry. In this class, we have selected some of the most important and/or promising materials of the printed electronics industry. For each material, we will describe the business context within which it competes, the latest technological progress, the primary application requirements, and the critical technical and business challenges facing the suppliers.
For each material above, we will describe the technological as well as the commercial aspects. More specifically, the following will be assessed:
- The overall market trends/forecasts and business dynamics
- Latest state-of-the-art performance/cost levels and desired performance levels by application
- Material deposition options
- Critical technical challenges
- Key suppliers
This session is based on IDTechEx research conducted on advanced functional materials since 1999, in addition to world class academic experts.