Printed, Flexible and Organic Electronics Report

Printed, Organic & Flexible Electronics Forecasts, Players & Opportunities 2017-2027

Market data; market and technology appraisal; case studies: the complete picture for printed, flexible and organic electronics

Brand new for January 2017
The printed, flexible and organic electronics market will be worth over $73 billion by 2027
This report provides the most comprehensive view of the topic, giving detailed ten year forecasts by device type. The market is analyzed by territory, printed vs non printed, rigid vs flexible, inorganic vs organic, cost of materials vs process cost and much more. Activities of over 1,000 leading companies are given, as is assessment of the winners and losers to come.
Impartial assessment
In the report IDTechEx appraises each enabling technology component by virtue of its market need - not technology push. We draw on ten years of knowledge tracking this sector and provide detailed, refined forecasts, strategic positioning and assessment of trends, "hot topics" and unmet opportunities.
The big picture
The report specifically addresses the big picture - including OLED displays and lighting, to thin film photovoltaics to flexible sensors and much more. Importantly, it includes not only electronics which are printed, organic and/or flexible now, but it also covers those that will be. Realistic timescales, case studies, existing products and the emergence of new products are given, as are impediments and opportunities for the years to come.
Over 3,000 organizations are pursuing printed, organic, flexible electronics, including printing, electronics, materials and packaging companies. While some of these technologies are in use now - indeed there are three sectors which have created billion dollar markets - others are commercially embryonic.
The benefits of these new electronics are numerous - ranging from lower cost, improved performance, flexibility, transparency, reliability, better environmental credentials and much more. Many of the applications will be newly created, and where existing electronic and electrical products are impacted, the extent will be varied.
This widely referenced IDTechEx report brings it all together, with particular focus on applications and quantative assessment of opportunities.
Market size from 2017-2027
IDTechEx find that the total market for printed, flexible and organic electronics will grow from $29.28 billion in 2017 to $73.43 billion in 2027. The majority of that is OLEDs (organic but not printed) and conductive ink used for a wide range of applications. On the other hand, stretchable electronics, logic and memory, thin film sensors are much smaller segments but with huge growth potential as they emerge from R&D.
Figure 1: Market forecast by component type in US$ billions*
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Lessons, successes and opportunities
The following components are assessed, and for each one ten year forecasts are given, along with companies and their activities, case studies, impediments to commercialization and timescales:
  • Logic and memory
  • OLED displays
  • OLED lighting
  • Electrophoretic and other bistable displays
  • Electrochromic displays
  • Electroluminescent displays
  • Other displays
  • Thin film batteries
  • Photovoltaics
  • Sensors
  • Conductors
  • Other
If you are looking to understand the big picture, the opportunity, the problems you can address, or how you can start to use these technologies and the implications involved, this report is a must. Researched by multilingual IDTechEx consultants based in four countries and three continents, this report builds on ten years of knowledge of the industry.
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Table of Contents
1.2.Market Potential and Profitability
1.3.Current market size
1.4.Total market size 2017 to 2027
1.5.Value chain and investment
1.6.Organic versus inorganic electronics
1.7.Printed versus non-printed electronics
1.8.Flexible/conformal versus rigid electronics
1.9.Market by territory
1.10.The long term view
1.11.The value chain and unmet needs
1.12.Go to Market Strategies
1.13.Printed electronics needs new design rules
1.14.What end users want - results from 20 end user surveys
1.15.Successes, failures and repositioners
1.16.What is trending in Printed Electronics?
2.1.Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics Value
2.2.Key materials and components
2.3.3,000 organisations active in the field
2.4.Printed electronics products today
2.5.Printed electronics in the Retail Industry
2.6.Problems in Healthcare
2.7.Problems with Wearable Technology
2.8.Problems with Vehicles
2.9.Problems in Consumer Electronics, IoT etc
2.10.Highest volume products with no silicon chip
3.1.Conductive inks forecasts 2017-2027
3.2.Traditional markets
3.2.2.Touch screen market
3.3.Emerging applications antennas
3.3.2.In-mold electronics
3.3.3.ITO replacement
3.3.4.Stretchable inks
3.3.5.Desktop printing printed electronics
4.1.Logic and memory market forecasts 2017-2027
4.2.Logic and memory applications
4.3.Impact on silicon
4.4.Fools underestimate silicon
4.5.Transistor design
4.6.The main options for semiconductors
4.6.1.What reads to most of the potential strengths of printed transistors
4.6.2.Primary market focus of developers
4.6.3.Organic Semiconductors
4.6.4.Oxide Semiconductors
4.6.5.Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Transistors
4.6.6.Company strategy and value chain
4.8.Company profiles
4.8.1.PragmatIC Printing
4.8.3.Thin Film Electronics
5.1.Market drivers
5.2.OLED Displays
5.2.1.Why companies are making significant investments in OLEDs
5.2.2.OLED Technologies and Roadmap
5.2.3.Examples of OLED Products
5.2.4.OLED production capacity
5.2.5.Flexible OLED displays
5.2.6.OLED market forecasts 2017-2027
5.2.7.Printing OLEDs
5.3.Electrophoretic and other bi-stable displays
5.3.1.Applications of E-paper displays
5.3.1.Electrophoretic e-readers decline - what's next?
5.3.2.New players in Reflective BiStable Displays
5.3.3.Electrowetting displays
5.3.4.Electrophoretic and Bi-Stable displays market forecasts 2017-2027
5.4.Electrochromic displays
5.4.1.Electrochromic displays market forecasts 2017-2027
5.5.AC Electroluminescent displays
5.5.1.Electroluminescent displays market forecasts 2017-2027
5.6.Other display technologies
5.6.2.Flexible LCDs
5.7.Company profiles
5.7.1.Clearinks Displays
5.7.2.eMagin Corporation
5.7.3.Royole Corporation
5.7.4.Sharp Devices Europe GMBH
6.1.Value proposition of OLED vs. LED lighting
6.2.OLED Lighting - market analysis
6.2.1.Cost projection
6.2.2.Latest market announcements
6.2.3.Technology Progress
6.2.4.OLED Market penetration
6.2.5.OLED Lighting Value Chain
6.2.6.OLED market forecast 2017-2027
6.2.7.Printed LED Lighting
7.2.Printing in Crystalline Silicon PV
7.3.Thin Film Photovoltaics
7.3.1.Amorphous Silicon
7.3.5.Organic PV
7.4.Market trends and forecasts
7.5.Company profiles
7.5.1.Alta Devices
7.5.4.G24 Power Ltd
7.5.5.Heliatek GmbH
7.5.6.Oxford Photovoltaics
8.1.1.Importance of laminar batteries
8.1.2.Choices of laminar battery
8.2.Application roadmap
8.3.Printed Single-Use Batteries
8.3.2.Fraunhofer ENAS
8.3.4.Blue Spark Technology
8.4.Printed Rechargeable Battery
8.4.1.Rechargeable ZincPolyTM from Imprint Energy
8.4.2.Screen printed secondary zinc/nickel metal hydride batteries
8.5.Technology Comparison and Benchmarking
8.6.Printed batteries forecasts 2017-2027
9.2.Printed and flexible sensors forecasts 2017-2027
9.2.1.Biomedical sensors
9.2.2.Touch sensors
9.2.3.Force and pressure sensors
9.2.4.Light/image sensors
9.2.5.Gas sensors
9.2.6.Temperature sensors
9.3.Printed and flexible sensor forecasts by application
9.4.Company profiles
9.4.1.BeBop Sensors
9.4.2.Interlink Electronics
9.4.3.InVisage Technologies
9.4.5.Parker Hannifin
9.4.6.PST Sensors
9.4.8.SPEC Sensors, LLC
9.4.9.Tactonic Technologies
9.4.10.Tangio Printed Electronics
10.1.Market by territory
10.2.Geographical split 2017-2027
10.3.The total market opportunity by component
10.4.Organic versus Inorganic
10.5.Printed versus non-printed electronics
10.6.Flexible/conformal versus rigid electronics
10.7.Market forecasts for materials 2017-2027
11.1.Acreo Swedish ICT AB
11.2.Agfa-Gevaert N.V.
11.4.CERADROP, a MGI Group company
11.6.Coatema Coating Machinery
11.10.GSI Technologies LLC
11.11.Heraeus GmbH
11.12.Holst Centre
11.14.Merck KGaA
11.15.Meyer Burger
11.16.Molex (Soligie)
11.17.Nagase America Corporation
11.18.National Research Council Canada
11.21.Toppan Printing
11.22.VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
1.1.Description and analysis of the main technology components of printed and potentially printed electronics
1.2.Current opportunity, market size and profitability
1.3.Market forecast by component type for 2017-2027 in US $ billions, for printed and potentially printed electronics including organic, inorganic and composites
1.4.The different states of readiness of organic and inorganic electronic technologies (semiconductors and conductors)
1.5.Spend on organic versus inorganic materials 2017-2027 US$ billion
1.6.Market value $ billions of only printed electronics 2017-2027
1.7.Total market value of printed versus non-printed electronics 2017-2027 US$ billion
1.8.Market value $ billions of only flexible/conformal electronics 2017-2027
1.9.Total market value of flexible/conformal versus rigid electronics 2017-2027 in US$ billion
1.10.The market for printed and potentially printed electronics by territory in $ billion 2017-2027
1.11.Success and failures
2.1.What is Printed, Flexible, Organic Electronics
3.1.Global market for conductive inks 2017-2027 in billions of dollars, with % printed and % flexible
4.1.Global market for printed electronics logic and memory 2017-2027 in billions of dollars, with % printed and % flexible
4.2.Scope for printed TFTCs to create new markets or replace silicon chips
4.3.Key parameters of thin-film deposition techniques
5.1.Some new and established display technologies compared
5.2.Comparison of Technologies employed for OLED
5.3.Technology development roadmap for OLED TV
5.4.Announced and exiting production plans of major companies
5.5.Latest Market Announcements
5.6.Market forecasts for OLED panel displays 2017-2027
5.7.Electrophoretic and Bi-stable displays market forecasts 2017-2027
5.8.Electrochromic displays market forecasts 2017-2027
5.9.Electroluminescent displays market forecasts 2017-2027
6.1.Latest Market Announcements
6.2.OLED Lighting market forecasts 2017-2027
7.2.Photovoltaics forecast breakdown US$ billion 2017-2027
8.1.Shapes of battery for small RFID tags advantages and disadvantages
8.2.Advantages and disadvantages of some options for supplying electricity to small devices
8.3.The half-cell and overall chemical reactions that occur in a Zn/MnO2 battery
8.4.The spectrum of choice of technologies for laminar batteries
8.5.Comparison for different battery systems/types
8.6.Thin film and printed battery product and specification comparison
8.7.Batteries forecasts 2017-2027
9.1.Commercialization status of different printed and flexible sensors
9.2.Sensor forecasts 2017-2027
10.1.The market for printed and potentially printed electronics by territory in $ billion 2017-2027
10.2.Summary of the trends by territory
10.3.Market forecast by component type for 2017-2027 in US $ billions, for printed and potentially printed electronics including organic, inorganic and composites
10.4.Spend on organic versus inorganic materials 2017-2027 US$ billion
10.5.Split of material types by component
10.6.Market value $ billions of only printed electronics 2017-2027
10.7.Market value $ billions of only flexible/conformal electronics 2017-2027
10.8.Materials market forecasts 2017-2027 US$ billion
1.1.Current market status by component type
1.2.Market forecast by component type for 2017-2027 in US $ billions, for printed and potentially printed electronics including organic, inorganic and composites
1.3.The printed electronics value chain
1.4.Spend on organic versus inorganic materials 2017-2027 US$ billion
1.5.Market value $ billions of only printed electronics 2017-2027
1.6.Total market value of printed versus non-printed electronics 2017-2027 US$ billion
1.7.Market value $ billions of only flexible/conformal electronics 2017-2027
1.8.Total market value of flexible versus non-flexible electronics 2017-2027 in US$ billion
1.9.Market by Territory 2017-2027 in US$ billion
1.10.Printed & Flexible Electronics Manufacturing Comes Center Stage
1.11.Examples of organic and inorganic electronics and electrics potentially tackling different technologies and applications
1.12.The potential annual global sales of each type by 2027 in US$ billions and percentage
1.13.The emerging value chain is unbalanced
1.14.Examples of printed electronics creating new products
1.15.Structural Electronics: New Horizons for Conductive Inks and Manufacturing
2.1.Leading market drivers for printed electronics
2.2.Leading market drivers for printed electronics
2.3.Giant industries collaborate for the first time
2.4.How printed, flexible and large area electronics is addressing these challenges - retail
2.5.How printed, flexible and large area electronics is addressing these challenges - healthcare
2.6.How printed, flexible and large area electronics is addressing these challenges - wearable technology
2.7.How printed, flexible and large area electronics is addressing these challenges - vehicles
2.8.How printed, flexible and large area electronics is addressing these challenges - consumer electronics, IoT, etc
2.9.Smart iontophoretic skin patches
3.1.Global market for conductive inks 2017-2027
3.2.Examples of aerosol deposited antennas in mobile phones
3.3.Examples of in-mold electronics
3.4.Examples of stretchable inks
3.5.Examples of desktop printing
3.6.Examples of 3D printed electronics
4.1.Global market for printed electronics logic and memory 2017-2027
4.2.Diageo and Thin Film Electronics: OpenSense NFC label
4.3.The sweet spot for printed/flexible transistor circuits
4.4.Traditional geometry for a field effect transistor
4.5.Semiconductor options
4.6.The market space for display backplanes that is likely to be filled by oxide semiconductor thin film transistors
4.7.Road map
4.8.Applications versus mobility
4.9.Key parameters of TFT backplanes compared
4.10.Demonstrator with various components from Thinfilm, PARC, Acreo and PST Sensors
4.11.Printing electronics breaks the cost & scalability barriers
4.12.Thinfilm memory compared with the much more complex DRAM in silicon
5.1.How major trends have driven technology innovation in the display industry at different eras
5.2.Difference between OLED and LCD
5.3.Inkjet printing can potentially lower production costs
5.4.Examples of key OLED display products on the market. The products include cameras, tablets, music players, mobile phones, TVs, etc and the producers include Nokia, Sony, Samsung, LG, HTC, Microsoft, Motorola, etc
5.5.Flexible and plastic OLED are popular for Wearables
5.6.Printing for Flexible Displays
5.7.OLED flexible display examples
5.8.OLED Lighting Examples
5.9.Photovoltaic Technology Classification by Generation
5.10.Technology Development Roadmap
5.11.Technology examples
5.12.Market forecasts for OLED panel displays 2017-2027
5.13.The polymer material is being printed by inkjet using Kateeva equipment
5.14.Principle of operation of electrophoretic displays
5.15.E-paper displays on a magazine sold in the US in October 2008
5.16.Secondary display on a cell phone
5.17.Amazon Kindle 2, launched in the US in February 2009
5.18.Sales of electrophoretic e-readers
5.19.Wall art with the new color E-ink displays, giving an animated subtle effect.
5.20.Display from Folium Optics
5.21.Droplet contracting and relaxing from Liquavista (now acquired by Amazon)
5.22.Electrophoretic and Bi-stable displays market forecasts 2017-2027
5.23.Electrochromic display on a Valentine's card sold by Marks and Spencer in the UK in 2004 and electrochromic display with drive circuits in a laminate for smart cards
5.24.Electrochromic displays market forecasts 2017-2027
5.25.Boardroom lighting in Alcatel France that switches to various modes
5.26.Animated EL artwork in a two meter suspended ball for event lighting
5.27.Coyopa rum with four segment sequentially switched pictures
5.28.TV controller
5.29.Electroluminescent displays market forecasts 2017-2027
5.30.Duracell battery tester
5.31.Interactive game on a beer package by VTT Technologies in Finland
5.32.Flexible LCDs with an OTFT backplane from FlexEnable
5.33.Color printable flexible LCD
6.1.Examples of OLED Lighting products
6.2.Comparing the attributes of OLED and LED lighting using a radar chart
6.3.OLED lighting price forecast.
6.4.OLED Tulips from Konica Minolta
6.5.OLED Lighting market forecasts 2017-2027
6.6.Printed LED lighting from NthDegree
7.1.Technology Development Roadmap
7.2.Photovoltaic Technology Classification by Generation
7.3.A radar chart comparing attributes of different PV technologies
7.4.Bus bars and fingers
7.5.Applied Baccini Pegaso printer
7.6.Roadmap for the reduction of silver utilization
7.7.Examples of a-Si PV
7.8.Applications of CIGS technology
7.9.Current and envisaged future products incorporating dye sensitized solar cells
7.10.Good performance when harvesting energy from light at low light levels
7.11.Illustrations of organic photovoltaics
7.12.Perovskite solar cell development timeline
7.13.Energy generation cost
7.14.Total photovoltaics market forecasts 2017-2027
7.15.Key features of Heliafilm
8.1.Estee Lauder smart skin patch which delivers cosmetics using the iontophoretic effect
8.2.Some of the main applications being pursued for thin, flexible laminar batteries
8.3.Series Connection of Batteries. (a) A single cell delivering 1.5 V and (b) chains of 4 batteries delivering 6.0 V
8.4.Typical construction of a Carbon/Zinc MnO2 Battery
8.5.Printed batteries from Fraunhofer ENAS
8.6.Structure of the printed battery and typical discharge characteristics
8.7.Enfucell SoftBattery® and the same battery produced by Kunshan Printed Electronics
8.8.Blue Spark ultra-thin batteries
8.9.TempTraq from Blue Spark Technologies
8.10.Architecture of the ZincPoly™ battery from Imprint Energy
8.11.Printed rechargeable zinc-based batteries from Imprint Energy
8.12.Schematic drawing of the printed NiMH battery
8.13.Printed NiMH battery-cell collector, anode cathode and seal
8.14.Sequence for assembling a NiMH stack type battery
8.15.Batteries forecasts 2017-2027
9.1.Rigid, printed and flexible substrates
9.2.Sensor forecasts 2017-2027
9.3.Example of glucose test strip
9.4.T-ink touch sensor
9.5.Transparent 3D touch surfaces from Agfa
9.6.Examples of force and pressure sensors
9.7.Piezoresistive sensors are being used in fabrics
9.8.Types of Organic Photodetectors from ISORG
9.9.Applications for Organic Photodetectors
9.10.Performance of PST temperature sensor
9.11.Market for printed sensors in 2017
9.12.High strain sensor with industrial connection
10.1.Market by Territory 2017-2027 in US$ billion
10.2.Market forecast by component type for 2017-2027 in US $ billions, for printed and potentially printed electronics including organic, inorganic and composites
10.3.Spend on organic versus inorganic materials 2017-2027 US$ billion
10.4.Market value $ billions of only printed electronics 2017-2027
10.5.Market value $ billions of only flexible/conformal electronics 2017-2027
10.6.Materials market forecast 2017-2027 US$ billion

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