The Global Market for Conductive Inks to 2027

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Conductive inks are currently utilized in printed and flexible electronics applications such as radio frequency identification (RFID) antennas, printed transistors and photovoltaic cells. The growth in the internet of things (IoT) will drive the need for cost effective and flexible electronic devices and components.

Conductive inks represents a multi-billion dollar market opportunity over the next decade in markets ranging from flexible electronics to automotive. Not only will demand across all current markets grow but the development of new materials and processes is leading to the creation of new market opportunities for conductive ink producers and suppliers in flexible, customized and 3D printed electronics. Opportunities explored in this report include:

  • Flexible and stretchable electronics.
  • Printed electronics for smartphones (printed antennas, touch screens).
  • Printed circuit boards.
  • 3D printing.
  • Smart packaging.
  • Photovoltaics.

Copper and silver inks will continue to dominate the market for the next few years but growth in flexible electronics necessitates the development of new materials. Conductive ink materials explored in this report include:

  • Silver flake.
  • Silver nanoparticles.
  • Silver nanowires.
  • Carbon nanotubes.
  • Graphene.
  • Copper ink.

Published August 2017 | 160 pages

Report contents include:

  • Conductive inks market forecasts to 2027 in revenues and tons.
  • Market forecasts by region.
  • In depth assessment of conductive ink types including properties, advantages, disadvantages, prospects, applications and revenues to 2027.
  • Opportunity assessment by application and market including photovoltaics, touch screens, flexible displays, automotive, 3D printing, sensors, printed circuit boards, electronic textiles and wearables, RFID, printed memory and transistors, printed heaters, conductive pens etc.
  • Latest products.
  • 118 company profiles.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY…………………………………………………………. 14

  • 1.1    The evolution of electronics……………………………………………………………………………………………. 14
  • 1.2    The wearables revolution……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 15
  • 1.3    Flexible, thin, and large-area form factors………………………………………………………………………. 16
  • 1.4    From rigid to flexible and stretchable……………………………………………………………………………… 17
  • 1.5    Organic and printed electronics……………………………………………………………………………………… 20
  • 1.6    New conductive materials………………………………………………………………………………………………. 21
  • 1.7    The conductive ink market to 2017…………………………………………………………………………………. 24
  • 1.8    The conductive ink market to 2027…………………………………………………………………………………. 25

2    RESEARCH METHODOLOGY………………………………………………… 27

3    TYPES OF CONDUCTIVE INKS………………………………………………. 28

  • 3.1    SILVER CONDUCTIVE INKS…………………………………………………………………………………………. 28
    • 3.1.1     Properties………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 28
      • 3.1.1.1       Silver flake……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 28
      • 3.1.1.2       Silver nanowires…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
      • 3.1.1.3       Silver nanoparticles……………………………………………………………………………………….. 30
    • 3.1.2     Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 31
  • 3.2    COPPER CONDUCTIVE INKS………………………………………………………………………………………. 34
    • 3.2.1     Properties………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 34
    • 3.2.2     Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 35
  • 3.3    CARBON NANOTUBES CONDUCTIVE INKS……………………………………………………………….. 37
    • 3.3.1     Properties………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 37
      • 3.3.1.1       Single-walled carbon nanotubes……………………………………………………………………. 39
    • 3.3.2     Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 40
  • 3.4    CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS (CP)…………………………………………………………………………………… 43
    • 3.4.1     Properties………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 43
      • 3.4.1.1       PDMS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 43
      • 3.4.1.2       PEDOT: PSS…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 44
    • 3.4.2     Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 45
  • 3.5    GRAPHENE CONDUCTIVE INKS…………………………………………………………………………………. 47
    • 3.5.1     Properties………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 47
    • 3.5.2     Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 49
  • 3.6    GOLD CONDUCTIVE INK……………………………………………………………………………………………… 52
    • 3.6.1     Properties………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 52
    • 3.6.2     Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 53
  • 3.7    DIELECTRIC CONDUCTIVE INK…………………………………………………………………………………… 54
    • 3.7.1     Properties………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 54
    • 3.7.2     Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 55
  • 3.8    OTHER CONDUCTIVE INK TYPES………………………………………………………………………………. 56

4    CONDUCTIVE INKS MARKETS AND APPLICATIONS………………. 58

  • 4.1    MARKET DRIVERS……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 58
  • 4.2    APPLICATIONS……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 60
    • 4.2.1     Current products…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 60
    • 4.2.2     Advanced materials solutions………………………………………………………………………………… 61
    • 4.2.3     Touch screens……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 68
      • 4.2.3.1       ITO replacement……………………………………………………………………………………………. 68
      • 4.2.3.2       Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 69
    • 4.2.4     Flexible and large-area displays…………………………………………………………………………….. 69
      • 4.2.4.1       Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 70
    • 4.2.5     Photovoltaics………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 71
      • 4.2.5.1       Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 71
    • 4.2.6     Radio frequency identification tags (RFID) tags and devices…………………………………. 73
      • 4.2.6.1       Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 74
    • 4.2.7     Automotive……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 76
      • 4.2.7.1       Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 77
    • 4.2.8     Smart labels…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 77
      • 4.2.8.1       Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 78
    • 4.2.9     Printed circuit boards……………………………………………………………………………………………… 78
      • 4.2.9.1       Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 79
    • 4.2.10        Printed sensors………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 80
      • 4.2.10.1     Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 81
    • 4.2.11        Printed batteries…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 82
      • 4.2.11.1     Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 84
    • 4.2.12        Printed antennas………………………………………………………………………………………………… 84
      • 4.2.12.1     Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 84
    • 4.2.13        Printed transistors………………………………………………………………………………………………. 85
      • 4.2.13.1     Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 86
    • 4.2.14        Membrane switches…………………………………………………………………………………………… 86
      • 4.2.14.1     Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 87
    • 4.2.15        3D printed electronics………………………………………………………………………………………… 88
      • 4.2.15.1     Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 88
    • 4.2.16        In-mold electronics…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 89
      • 4.2.16.1     Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 90
    • 4.2.17        Electronic textiles……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 91
      • 4.2.17.1     Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 91
    • 4.2.18        OLED lighting…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 92
      • 4.2.18.1     Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 92
    • 4.2.19        Printed memory………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 94
      • 4.2.19.1     Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 95
    • 4.2.20        Printed heaters…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 96
      • 4.2.20.1     Opportunity assessment and market prospects…………………………………………….. 97
  • 4.3    GLOBAL MARKET SIZE………………………………………………………………………………………………… 98
    • 4.3.1     Global market revenues 2015-2027……………………………………………………………………….. 98
    • 4.3.2     Revenues by region……………………………………………………………………………………………… 100

5    COMPANY PROFILES………………………………………………………….. 103 to 156 (118 company profiles)

TABLES

  • Table 1: Evolution of wearable devices, 2011-201……………………………………………………………………… 15
  • Table 2: Materials used in conductive inks-Advantages and disadvantages………………………………. 21
  • Table 3: Sheet resistance (RS) and transparency (T) values for transparent conductive oxides and alternative materials for transparent conductive electrodes (TCE)……………………………………….. 23
  • Table 4: Companies producing silver conductive inks………………………………………………………………… 33
  • Table 5: Companies producing copper conductive inks……………………………………………………………… 35
  • Table 6: Properties of CNTs and comparable materials……………………………………………………………… 37
  • Table 7: Companies producing carbon nanotubes conductive inks……………………………………………. 42
  • Table 8: Types of conductive polymers, properties and applications………………………………………….. 44
  • Table 9: Companies producing conductive polymer inks……………………………………………………………. 46
  • Table 10: Properties of graphene……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 47
  • Table 11:  Graphene inks for inkjet and gravure printing…………………………………………………………….. 49
  • Table 12: Companies developing conductive inks………………………………………………………………………. 50
  • Table 13: Companies producing dielectric conductive inks………………………………………………………… 55
  • Table 14: Other materials used in conductive inks……………………………………………………………………… 56
  • Table 15: Market drivers for conductive inks………………………………………………………………………………. 58
  • Table 16: Conductive ink products……………………………………………………………………………………………… 60
  • Table 17: Comparative properties of conductive inks…………………………………………………………………. 61
  • Table 18: Applications in conductive inks by type and benefits thereof………………………………………. 62
  • Table 19: Opportunities for advanced materials in printed electronics……………………………………….. 74
  • Table 20: Passive, Active, and BAP RFID Systems……………………………………………………………………. 75
  • Table 22: Main markets for conductive inks, applications and revenues…………………………………….. 98
  • Table 23: Conductive inks revenue forecast, 2015-2027 (million $), by ink types…………………….. 100

FIGURES

  • Figure 1: Evolution of electronics………………………………………………………………………………………………… 15
  • Figure 2: Wove Band………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 18
  • Figure 3: Wearable graphene medical sensor……………………………………………………………………………. 20
  • Figure 4: Applications timeline for organic and printed electronics……………………………………………… 21
  • Figure 5: Flexible silver nanowire wearable mesh………………………………………………………………………. 32
  • Figure 6: Schematic of single-walled carbon nanotube………………………………………………………………. 40
  • Figure 7: Stretchable SWNT memory and logic devices for wearable electronics………………………. 40
  • Figure 8: Graphene layer structure schematic……………………………………………………………………………. 48
  • Figure 9: Flexible graphene touch screen…………………………………………………………………………………… 49
  • Figure 10: Foldable graphene E-paper……………………………………………………………………………………….. 50
  • Figure 11: BGT Materials graphene ink product…………………………………………………………………………. 67
  • Figure 12: Flexible RFID tag……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 73
  • Figure 13: Enfucell Printed Battery……………………………………………………………………………………………… 83
  • Figure 14: Graphene printed antenna…………………………………………………………………………………………. 84
  • Figure 15: Stretchable material for formed an in-molded electronics………………………………………….. 89
  • Figure 16: Wearable patch with a skin-compatible, pressure-sensitive adhesive……………………….. 89
  • Figure 17: Conductive inks revenue forecast (million $), 2015-2027, by ink types……………………… 99
  • Figure 18: Conductive inks revenue forecast (million $), 2015-2027, applications……………………. 100
  • Figure 19: Conductive inks market, by region 2015………………………………………………………………….. 100
  • Figure 20: Conductive inks market, by region 2027………………………………………………………………….. 101
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