Silver flake, silver nanoparticles, copper inks and pastes, graphene and beyond.
Dr. Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Yasuo Yamamoto and Dr. Harry Zervos, IDTechEx02.07.17
Everything is changing in the conductive inks and paste business. IDTechEx estimates that the conductive inks and pastes market will reach nearly $1.7 billion in 2026 at current metal prices. Micro-sized silver conductive pastes will dominate the market, controlling nearly the entire market in 2016.
Silver nanoparticles will, however, become increasingly competitive, finding use in a range for emerging applications sectors to become an $80 million market in 2026. Copper will remain a comparatively immature technology but will achieve limited success as novel curing systems are installed to open the door to copper ink sales.
The solar panel industry will be 1.5k ton market in 2016 for screen-printed firing-type conductive pastes. At the paste level, a new group of suppliers will soon come to dominate this business, while at the powder level, the users will force through a more diversified supplier base.
The touchscreen edge electrode market will continue its decline
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