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IDTechEx Research Forecasts $6.3bn Transparent Conductive Layer Market in 2024

May 6, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, England, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

The market for indium tin oxide (ITO) substitution is developing rapidly. IDTechEx’s
latest report on transparent conductive films (TCF) technologies, markets and players
[http://www.idtechex.com/tcf ] estimates that the whole transparent conductive layer
(glass and film) market is $4.1 billion in 2014 and will register a 4.3% CAGR over the
coming decade, to become $6.3 billion in 2024. The TCF sector subset will however
experience a much higher growth rate. ITO film (on PET) is the dominant TCF technology and
its production capacity is increasing as Nitto Denko and others bring extra capacity
online in the coming year.

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Alternative technologies will capture market share thanks to the growing need for low
sheet resistance, robustness and flexibility, cost reduction. Silver nanowires are making
good progress with the likes of Cambrios forming joint ventures with TPK and Nissha
Printing to bring production capacity online. The number of companies commercialising
silver nanowires is multiplying fast, therefore IP assets will become more important.

Metal mesh is another strong contender and with companies, such as O-Film, making
rapid progress. Bottom-up pressure in the value chain is increasing as many suppliers
re-purpose existing production methods to manufacture metal mesh films positioned as an
ITO replacement. Carbon nanotubes may find a niche and graphene
[http://www.printedelectronicsworld.com/articles/graphene-what-next-after-the-hype-00005454.asp ]
is also reported to be in commercial production by Bluestone.

Other novel approaches are making headway. In particular, ClearJet inkjet prints
specially-formulated silver nanoparticle inks which out-diffuse into a ring shape due to
the ‘coffee-stain’ effect. Overlapping rings form a percolation path without covering the
entire surface.

IDTechEx has built a detailed, granular and accurate market forecast model to provide
the key market data charts detailed below.

        - Ten-year forecasts in unit sales or market value, plus, ten-year market
          forecasts for TCF and TCG by area and value, for these applications:
             - Mobile and smart phones
             - Notebooks and touch notebooks
             - Monitors and touch monitors
             - Tablets
             - OLED lighting
             - Organic photovoltaics
             - Dye-sensitised solar cells
             - Electroluminescent displays
        - Ten-year market forecasts in area, market share, and value for these
          technologies:
             - ITO-on-Glass
             - ITO-on-PET
             - Silver nanowires
             - Carbon nanotubes
             - Graphene
             - PEDOT
             - Metal mesh

100+ companies are profiled based on event visits, patent searches and/or web
searches. In addition there are 35+ detailed profiles based on direct interviews and
company visits.

For more information see http://www.IDTechEx.com/TCF.


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