While the market for RFID and conductive inks has not grown as quickly as originally anticipated, the outlook for printed electronics is excellent as new applications and opportunities emerge.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor05.07.09
There has been increasingly growing interest in recent years in the field of printed electronics (PE) and radio frequency identfication (RFID). IDTechEx’s estimates on the potential size of the overall PE market have ranged up to $57 billion by 2019, while it has placed the potential value of the RFID market as high as $25 billion by 2018.
For the RFID market to hit that figure, one of the key applications would be item level tagging. RFID has been thought of as a “smart” replacement for bar codes, which could be a tremendous asset for suppy chain management.
However, RFID has yet to take off as originally predicted, as the cost of an RFID tag has yet to come down to a figure that is sustainable for item level tagging. Still, RFID and conductive inks offer plenty of opportunities as new applications emerge.
“The RFID market developed in two waves so far,” said Dr. Wolfgang Mildner, managing director of PolyIC. “The first wave was that RFID was
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