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Printed electronics materials market to reach $11B by 2015

Posted: 08 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:printed electronics? OLED display? organic semiconductor ink?

A new report from NanoMarkets forecasts that the market for electronic inks and related substrate materials used in manufacturing printed electronics will grow from over $1.1 billion in 2008 to over $11 billion by 2015.

According to the report, conductive inks will represent the largest portion of the materials business reaching a value of over $4.3 billion in 2013. Of this segment, organic conductive inks will be the fastest growing and will surpass $1.3 billion in the 2013 time frame. 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 seventy five percent share of the market.

The prospects for printed OLEDs have received a significant boost as the result of new small molecule inks. The report said 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.

Meanwhile, 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.

The report also expects printed dielectrics to 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.

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