Printing Equipment for Printed Electronics 2015-2025
This unique report assesses the applications, technologies and opportunities for equipment that is enabling printed electronics. It covers the different types of printing, curing/sintering and other key manufacturing equipment, providing assessment of the manufacturing requirements for different applications, growth areas, ten year forecasts for each printing method by application and detailed company assessments.
For each printing and sintering technology, the following is addressed:
- Analysis of existing uses of the printing technology for printed electronics/electrics
- Assessment of the capability and technology development and roadmaps for each printing type
- Suitability of each process to the wide range of applications possible
- Trends and emerging opportunities for each printing technology, with ten year forecasts segmented by printing type and technology type and assessment of markets
- Leading suppliers and detailed company profiles of over 90 organizations from around the world, based almost entirely on direct interviews with each organization
This is assessed for the following printing and printed related manufacturing technologies:
- Screen printing
- Inkjet printing
- Flexo printing (and offset)
- Gravure printing (and offset)
- Nano imprinting/embossing
- Transfer printing
- Coating systems (Slot die and alternatives)
Additionally, the following post-printing processes are also covered, including:
- Thermal drying
- IR and UV curing
- Photonic curing
This assessment also covers global organizations integrating equipment including complete solution providers, along with government/industry backed printed electronics initiatives and manufacturing centers.
Strong investment, strong growth, profitable but subsidized
Initially the printed, organic and flexible electronics industry was driven by significant investment and technological development from the fine chemicals industry. However, the equipment industry has become strongly involved, from equipment suppliers to the printing and electronics industries seeking growth opportunities to those having designed completely new equipment from the bottom-up specifically to address the current and emerging opportunity.
IDTechEx find that screen printing currently dominates commercial printed electronics products made by printing, but intense focus on inkjet printing and high volume flexo and gravure printing is beginning to see these printing types move from R&D to pilot and some commercial product production. Governments have made significant investments in equipment to help companies start to manufacture the technology, which has created a particularly strong market in Europe. America lags due to limited government funding and even though the government funded equipment purchases in Europe are now slowing that is offset by the growth in purchases from Asia. This report analyzes where, who and quantifies the market opportunity.
State of the market and emerging applications assessed
Each printing type is assessed against the manufacture needs of a range of emerging products. Often, printing is only part of the process to make the complete product and therefore this report addresses printing electronic or electrical materials by individual layers that build up to making the full components. We cover the printing requirements of over 80 functional layers that are used to create the following components:
- Displays: OLED, electrophoretic, AC electroluminescent, electrochromic
- Lighting: OLED, LED
- Sensors: Biosensors, capacitive, piezoresistive, piezoelectric, temperature, gas, organic photodetector, hybrid CMOS photodetector, digital X-ray
- Photovoltaics: crystalline silicon PV, OPV, DSSC, aSi, CIGs and others
- Energy storage: batteries, supercapacitors
- Touch screens: Capacitive
- Logic and Memory: Logic, TFTs, memory
- Others: Membrane keypads/switches, RF antennas, heating elements, smart packaging, flexible circuits
Granular ten year forecasts
IDTechEx find that in 2015 the value of products sold that will be made by printing will be $9.15 billion, rising to $15.57 billion in 2025. This report breaks down the value of each printing technology type by each of the main application categories listed above, providing a ten year forecast for each.
Over 90 organizations covered
Progress of over 90 organizations is covered, based on direct interviews with most of them, segmented by the products they provide and value chain positioning. The application priority and latest technology developments for each organization is given. Government backed printed electronics manufacturing centers are also covered. The market leaders are identified.
Expert insights that add value
IDTechEx has studied printed, organic and flexible electronics technologies and markets since 2002. We conduct hundreds of interviews each year with organizations involved in the topic and have developed accurate models for forecasting in addition to having global insights directly from leading executives across the supply chain. Additionally, IDTechEx hosts the world's largest events on the topic - Printed Electronics USA, Printed Electronics Europe and Printed Electronics Asia, giving us close interactions with all involved parties and particularly end users, assessing their needs and therefore the market pull.
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