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Published December 11, 2009
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Market for Electronic Inks, Substrates Expected to Grow to $11B by 2015



According to a new report from NanoMarkets, an industry analyst firm based in Glen Allen, VA, the market for electronic inks and related substrate materials used in manufacturing printed electronics is expected to grow from more than $1.1 billion in 2008 to more than $11 billion by 2015. These and other finding can be found in NanoMarkets’ “Printing Electronics Materials Database” forecasting module.

Findings include:



Conductive inks will represent the largest portion of the materials business, reaching a value of more than $4.3 billion in 2013. Of this segment, conductive inks will be the fastest growing and will surpass $1.3 billion in 2013.

Substrates will produce almost $3 billion in revenue opportunities, with plastic accounting for better than half the market. Semiconductor inks will surpass $2 billion in 2013, with organic semiconductor inks holding a 75 percent share of the market.

The prospects for printed OLEDs have received a significant boost as the result new small molecule inks. OLED manufacturers are able to choose printing as a manufacturing technology without having to choose an entirely new material. Semiconductor inks for OLED displays and lighting applications are expected to reach almost $370 million by 2015.

Printed photovoltaics are expected to consume more than $400 million in semiconductor materials by 2015. By then the photovoltaics industry will have overcome challenges to printing CIGS materials and organic photovoltaics will have found significant addressable markets in building integrated photovoltaics.

Printed dielectrics will become a growing part of organic electronics as an organic version of CMOS emerges and more complex organic electronics devices are created. These trends will lead printed dielectric materials to reach more than $775 million by 2015.

The NanoMarkets “Printed Electronics Materials Database” is a comprehensive resource for the emerging printed electronics materials market. The database provide users with detailed information and analysis for more than 180 firms active in the printable electronics materials business.

For more information contact NanoMarkets, Robert Nolan, (804) 360-2967; e-mail: info@nanomarkets.com; web: www.nanomarkets.

PRIMIR Releases ‘Trends in Inkjet Technologies’ Study



A recent Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization (PRIMIR) study, “Trends in Inkjet Technologies,” reviewed current and emerging inkjet technologies and addressed growth trends and forecasts for adoption of inkjet technologies in selected markets through 2011.

Conducted by I.T. Strategies in late 2006 and circulated exclusively to PRIMIR members last year, PRIMIR is now offering this study to the printing industry at large. I.T. Strategies noted in the study that while the biggest market for inkjet technology is clearly display signage, over the course of the study time frame (2006-2011), inkjet systems will be developed with the intent of challenging both electrophotography and analog print technologies.

In the graphic arts market, production inkjet is at a very early stage with one-third of the production print volume being transaction oriented. The PRIMIR study provides a thorough analysis and review of the status of inkjet technology, covering thermal, piezo and continuous inkjet and their usage and adoption in display signage, graphic arts, packaging, manufacturing/deposition and decorative/textile markets.

Many companies, large and small are focusing their R&D efforts on inkjet technology development. The technology development path and adoption rates are covered in this comprehensive report. For more information, contact PRIMIR managing director, (703) 264-7200 ext. 211; e-mail: jbland@primir.org; web: www.primir.org.



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