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Thermal management materials post $1.8B for 2013

Posted: 18 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LED? power electronics? thermal management? lighting?

In a recent forecast by market analyst Lux Research, Thermal management materials for LEDs and power electronics will more than double from $1.8 billion in 2013 to be a $4.8 billion market in 2020.

In the firm's report entitled 'Cooling Heats Up: Sizing the Opportunity for Conductive Polymers in Thermal Management', Lux predicts that thermally conductive polymers will increase their market share, from 16 per cent in 2013 to 40 per cent in 2020.

"Miniaturisation and performance are creating a need for improved thermal management, driving significant market growth and technology shifts," said Pallavi Madakasira, Lux Research Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, "Cooling Heats Up: Sizing the Opportunity for Conductive Polymers in Thermal Management." "Thermally conductive polymers offer a cost-effective and efficient alternative to incumbents like aluminium, making them an increasing critical material in this market."

LED lighting will be the main driver forecasts Lux Research. Thermal management for LED lighting will more than double to $3.8 billion in 2020, led by aggressive growth in the residential and commercial markets, as well as auto LED lighting, which will reach $730 million in 2020.

The smart phone and tablet thermal materials market will also triple to more than $300 million in 2020. Given the sensitivity to weight and cost, these two end markets will rely on special thermal interface materials (TIMs), rather than secondary heat sinks.

Thermal materials for solar inverters and power modules in hybrid and electric vehicles will be another boom market that will rise to $170 million in 2020. However, performance demands will limit the use of polymers in these applications to just a few million dollars.





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