12-13 September, 2018 | Tokyo, Japan

WTC Conference Center
2-4-1, Hamamatsu-cho, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-6103
Conference Room: 3F Room B

Transparent Conductive Films, Barrier Films and Substrates for Flexible and Large-Area Electronics

Vital business intelligence covering technology and market assessment

The transparent conductive film (TCF) market went through a tough consolidation phase in the past few 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 parallel, technological shifts in end use markets such as the transition from add-on to embedded touch adversely affected the addressable markets.

In this forum, 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-mold 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.


Substrates are also an essential and often neglected layer for flexible and/or organic electronics. They bring robustness and enable flexibility, but at the same time place substantial constraints on the manufacturing process (e.g., thermal budget, dimensional stability) in a way that they can largely determine device performance. Many plastic solutions are now being offered such as PET and PEN but also paper based substrates are increasingly gaining attention while some seek stretchable, washable substrates.

Barrier Films

Organic devices, in particular OLED and OPV ones, are highly sensitive to moisture, requiring ultra-high performance barrier or encapsulation layers. Glass is an excellent barrier, but is rigid, therefore potentially stripping away organic electronics of a key differentiating attribute, which is flexibility. Developing flexible, transparent and ultra-high performance barriers has been challenging. Numerous solutions have however being developed across the world, ranging from ultra-thin flexible glass to multi-layer films or conformal coatings. Success here can change the economics of organic and/or printed electronics and is already enabling plastic (and soon flexible) displays.

This forum will provide deep depth including significant market data to allow you to understand these complex landscapes. Attendees will leave with a clear, quantified view of the markets, technology assessment, key players and their strategy for market adoption, with lessons from success and failures.

This forum can be attended on its own or in addition to the other sessions, which are complementary in subject matter. A discount is available for booking multiple sessions.

For those attending.

  • The PDF files of the presentations will be available to download from this website after the sessions are ended.
  • All Insight Forums will be conducted in English

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Forum 4 / Agenda

13 September / Afternoon

IDTechEx Japanese Analyst Yasuo Yamamoto, will be available at this Insight Forum for further discussion.

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 13:00-14:00

  • 12:45 - 14:00
  • Registration, Lunch & Networking
  • 14:00 - 14:35

Transparent Conductive Films

Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director, IDTechEx

  • Assessment of the following technologies, to include technology benchmarking, key providers and current and forecast market share:
    • ITO-on-glass
    • ITO films
    • Silver nanowires
    • Carbon nanotubes
    • Graphene
    • Printed metal mesh
    • Embossed metal mesh
    • Photo-patterned metal mesh
    • Nanoparticle networks
    • PEDOT
  • 14:35 - 15:15

Market Assessment of Transparent Conductive Films

Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director, IDTechEx

  • Assessment of select existing and emerging applications for transparent conductive films with respect to the competitive landscape, market needs, drivers and trends, including:
    • Touch screens (add-on to embedded touch)
    • Large area capacitive touch screens
    • Flexible displays (existing and emerging touch architectures and material solutions)
    • OLED lighting
    • Third generation photovoltaics
    • In-Mold Electronics
    • 3D/Structural electronics
    • Others such as transparent LED films
  • 15:15 - 16:00

Substrates for Flexible and Printed Electronics

Compiled by Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx

  • Substrate choices for flexible electronics, including PET, OEN, Polyamide, TPU, paper, stainless steel
  • Performance/characteristics of each substrate choice
  • Manufacturing considerations of each substrate type
  • Technical challenges and progress to address these
  • Substrate choice by application
  • Conductive adhesion to flexible substrates
  • Substrates for stretchable electronics
  • 16:00 - 16:30
  • Networking break
  • 16:30 - 17:30

Barrier films and Thin Film Encapsulation for flexible electronics

Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director, IDTechEx and Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx

  • The need for barrier films and thin film encapsulation
  • Barrier film materials and film structures
  • Multi-layer direct and conformal coatings: materials, processes and progress
  • Assessment of manufacturing processes for barrier films
  • Key suppliers and their approaches
  • Market trends, drivers and challenges
  • Market size for barrier films (2018 and beyond), segmented by key addressable markets
  • 17:30 - 17:45
  • Questions, Answers & Networking
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