- All key technologies and markets assessed
- 10 year forecasts and global trends
Conductive Inks and Pastes
The conductive ink and paste business is one of the largest in printed electronics space. Indeed, conductive inks have commercially roared ahead whilst many more complex and higher profile forms of printed electronics devices/systems have struggled.
This is also a market where everything has changed since 2014. The market leadership in traditional volume markets has changed hands with previously low-cost low-quality suppliers rising to the top. The paste manufacturers are now all in search of new emerging markets in the hope that future growth in some will compensate for the decline or the loss of market share in the traditional sectors. Consequently, most paste makers have hugely diversified their product offerings addressing a diverse array of nascent markets each with a different set of technology and market challenges/opportunities.
In our masterclass we will cover the main existing and emerging conductive ink and paste technologies such as firing-type pastes and PTF, nanoparticle inks and silver substitutes such as copper and silver-coated copper.
In addition, we will explore the progress, requirements and challenges for applications such as solar cells, touch screen edge electrodes, printed sensors, electronic textile, 3D-shaped antennas, magnetic shielding, in-mould electronics, automotive, RFID tags, ITO replacement, OLED lighting, desktop printers, printed TFTs, and so on.
Transparent Conductive Films
The transparent conductive film (TCF) market went through a brutal consolidation phase in the past two years. This phase was motivated by the sluggish growth in existing markets, disappointing growth in large-area devices, and the rising threat of substitutes to the incumbent players. These market conditions motivated the incumbent players to slash sales prices, transforming the competitive environment for alternative technologies. This strategy now approaches the end of its usefulness and therefore the industry is now entering into a new, distinct growth phase.
In our masterclass, we quantitatively review and benchmark all existing and emerging TCF technologies including ITO-on-glass, ITO films, silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphene, printed metal mesh, embossed metal mesh, photo-patterned metal mesh, nanoparticle networks, PEDOT, and so on.
In addition, we will examine the various select existing and emerging applications such as touch screens, flexible devices, OLED lighting, third generation photovoltaics, in-mould 3D-shaped touch surfaces, and so on. Furthermore, we will consider the competitive landscape, reviewing major recent changes as well as offering an analysis for future market/competitive dynamics.