The Future of Indium Supply and ITO (Printed Electronics Europe 2012)

Mr Robert Ploessl, Manager, Marketing & Technology Asessment
Indium Corporation
United States
Apr 04, 2012.


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Presentation Summary

• The availability and perceived scarcity of indium will be discussed as this topic underlies much of the discussion on ITO.
• The supply chain for indium will be explained in detail: Indium is a mining byproduct, and its supply to the market is affected by a set of interconnected loops that span activities from mining through extraction and refining to the final use market, which includes recycling from end users.
• Data on historic supply and demand of indium, as well as reserves, will be presented - despite a significant increase in demand in the last few years there is sufficient supply of indium for many decades.
• The outlook for indium applications will be discussed, focusing mainly on ITO. The role ITO can play in the printed electronics industry will be discussed, as well as a short comparison to competing transparent electrode technologies.

Speaker Biography (Robert Ploessl)

Robert Ploessl is the Product Manager for Compounds, and also Manager of Marketing and Technology Assessment at Indium Corporation. Robert joined Indium Corporation in 2010; he holds a PhD in physics from the University of Regensburg in Germany and an MBA from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
For his PhD Robert investigated magnetic materials for data storage applications, and at Siemens he worked as an engineer on silicon process technology, mainly on DRAM integrated circuits. After his MBA he worked at Corning Incorporated in several roles that included product line management, corporate venture capital investing, and technology assessment of advanced materials opportunities.
At Indium Corporation, Robert is responsible for the product management of indium, germanium, and gallium compounds, supporting customers across a wide variety of high-tech industries.

Company Profile (Indium Corporation)

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Indium Corporation is a premier materials supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, solar, thin-film and thermal management markets. Products include solders, preforms, and fluxes; brazes; sputter targets; indium, gallium, and germanium compounds and sourcing; and Reactive NanoFoil®. Founded in 1934, Indium Corporation has global technical support and factories located in China, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
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