New NanoMarkets Report Identifies Trends and Opportunities in Organic Electronics Manufacturing
- The OE manufacturing base is moving beyond just OLEDs. Plastic Logic has a manufacturing facility that can produce about a million display backplanes each year using organic transistors (OTFTs). Konarka has recently leased a former Polaroid coating facility that will give it a capacity of up to 1 GW of solar panel production annually, potentially putting Konarka in the top tier of solar panel makers worldwide. According to NanoMarkets, manufacturing capacity for all OE products is expected to grow from approximately 23 million m(2)/year in 2011, to 42.9 million m(2)/year by 2014.
- Innovations are making traditional thermal deposition techniques increasingly effective in today’s OE fab. This contrasts with the consensus of a few years ago, which said that printing would soon become the wave of the future for fabricating OE devices. New roll-to-roll vacuum equipment is increasing throughput, lowering costs and making deposition more uniform. Organic vapor phase deposition (OVPD) is improving on the traditional evaporation process by eliminating the need for line-of-sight deposition. Thermal evaporation molecular jet (MoJET) printing is bringing printing like control to thermal evaporation. Both OVPD and MoJET–by depositing material uniformly one point at a time–simultaneously solve the patterning, uniformity, and utilization problems inherent in typical vapor deposition. NanoMarkets’ new report claims that total sales of all equipment for OE applications are expected to grow from
$226 millionin 2011, to $378.6 millionin 2014.
- The first wave of OE manufacturing utilized standard semiconductor and industrial printing equipment. The next wave will use equipment designed for specific OE devices, enabling lower manufacturing costs and higher device performance. Such specialized processes also enable firms to build value through the development of proprietary manufacturing processes. General Electric’s new roll-to-roll OLED lighting manufacturing process, for example, is specifically designed for the requirements of white OLEDs providing these devices with improved color-rendering index and air-stable encapsulation. Similarly, Sony has developed novel deposition and patterning processes for flexible AMOLED displays.
About the report:
NanoMarkets’ new report examines the opportunities presented by the evolving set of printing and deposition technologies that are emerging for use in organic electronics. It examines the various manufacturing technologies that organic electronics firms are utilizing now, how well they are performing and how the lessons learned in established OLED plants are being extended to organic electronics more generally. An eight-year capacity forecast is included in this report that breaks out types of manufacturing technology utilized and devices manufactured. The report also profiles the activities of firms and research groups that have developed novel equipment and processes. The report covers photolithography, vacuum deposition, pattern transfer, patterned and unpatterned solution deposition, encapsulation and roll vacuum coating.
NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities in electronics created by developments in advanced materials. The firm has published numerous reports related to organic, thin film and printable electronics materials and applications and maintains a blog at www.nanotopblog.com that comments on industry trends and events. For a full listing of the firm’s reports and downloadable white papers and report summaries please visit www.nanomarkets.net.