Global Transparent Conductive Films (TCF) Market will be over $1.63 billion in 2013: Worldwide Industry Forecasts, Technologies, Players 2013-2023 : MarketResearchReports.Biz
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DatabaseTransparent Conductive Films (TCF) 2013-2023: Forecasts, Technologies, Players
This report focuses on the markets, requirements and current and emerging technologies
of transparent conductors. Worldwide research and design efforts are presented, both from
research institutes and companies that are developing the necessary materials and
processes – over 50 organizations are profiled. It covers metal oxides, organic materials,
and emerging alternatives including inorganic meshes, carbon nanotubes, graphene and more.
The penetration of these options into applications such as displays, photovoltaics and
touch screens, and others, is given for the next 10 years.
The importance of Transparent Conductive Films (TCF)
Transparent conductive films are used for displays, some photovoltaics and touch
screen modules. In 2012, 93% of the market uses Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) – which can be
expensive depending on the current price of indium and is brittle, and barely flexible.
Other metal oxides are used, particularly in some thin film photovoltaics which offer a
cost advantage over ITO.
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However, now there are many other emerging technologies, from finely printed
conductive meshes, to layers of silver or copper that are highly transparent, to organic
transparent conductors, and variations such as carbon nanotubes and graphene. This report
assesses the technical progress of these options, and their market sweet spot (if any) and
Transparent Conductive Film market US$ millions*
Each option has trade-offs between conductivity, cost, transmittance, and flexibility.
Each can be patterned in different ways. While sputtering will remain an important and
high-volume technology for coating of rigid substrates like glass, solution-based
processes including printing and the use of organic and nanoparticle materials have
already gained a lot of traction and are expected to dominate the market for the flexible
applications within a few years. Significant new developments are being made with both the
materials used and how they can be deposited. This report addresses the performance of the
different options and profiles organizations around the world that are developing better
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The biggest opportunity
The biggest opportunity has been – and for the next decade will be – for displays, but
this increasingly includes a wide range of displays including OLEDs, which is now the
priority of companies such as Samsung.
While ESD (electro static discharge) applications have moderate requirements
concerning the properties of TCFs, demands in devices such as OLEDs are more complex. The
main reason is that in that case, not only the standard properties as conductivity, cost,
transmittance and flexibility are important, but the interactions with other layers play
an important role, namely charge carrier injection. In addition, for large area devices,
homogeneity is more critical, especially when it comes to display and lighting
applications. The human eye is more sensitive to changes in brightness than to changes in
colour, and brightness of an light emitting device depends on the electrical conditions -
voltage in the case of inorganic electroluminescence, current flow in the case of
electrochromic and light-emitting semiconductors.
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Market forecasts 2013-2023
IDTechEx find that the market for TCFs will be over $1.63 billion in 2013. This is the
cost of the material used for the TCF, excluding the substrate and processing cost. It is
based on a ground-up calculation of the material usage by each type of device, and
benchmarking with results from exhaustive interviews of users and suppliers of TCFs. The
report gives ten year forecasts by TCF technology, in addition to ten year forecasts of
the TCF area required by application.
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We study the processing cost of different options – for example, the material cost of
Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) are similar to ITO but the structure of a CNT TCF is much simpler
and much easier to make and therefore overall the CNT TCF, like for like, can be cheaper.
Who should buy this report
For those that seek to address opportunities in this field, learn the latest progress
from around the world, the challenges and market potential, this report is a must.
Activities of more than 53 organizations from across the globe are covered.
Table of Contents 1.EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2.OVERVIEW OF TOUCH TECHNOLOGIES 3.TARGET MARKETS - PERFORMANCE TARGETS, MARKET DRIVERS AND MARKET DYNAMICS 3.1.Mobile phones (touch screen) 3.2.Tablets (touch screen) 3.3.Monitors and notebooks (touch screen) 3.4.Large-sized Displays (touch screen) 3.5.OLED lighting 3.6.OLED displays 3.7.LCD displays 3.8.Thin Film photovoltaics 3.9.Transparent Heaters 3.10.EMI Shielding 4.KEY MARKET DRIVERS AND CHANGING LANDSCAPE 5.TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS - SWOT, MANUFACTURING, PERFORMANCE AND COSTS, CURRENT USES, FUTURE TRENDS AND MARKET DRIVERS, PLAYERS 5.1.ITO-on-glass 5.2.ITO-on-PET 5.3.Silver nanowires 5.4.Graphene 5.5.PEDOT:PSS 5.6.Carbon Nanotubes 5.7.Metal mesh 5.8.Direct printing 5.9.Embossing 5.10.Photolithography/etching 5.11.Other 5.12.Other nanotechnology-enabled solutions 5.13.Micro-wire technology 5.14.Benchmarking and comparison 6.MARKET SHARE, GROWTH RATES AND SIZES BY APPLICATION 6.1.Touch screens 6.2.Mobile 6.3.Tablets 6.4.Notebooks/monitors 6.5.Large-sized displays 6.6.Displays 6.7.OLED Lighting 6.8.Thin Film Photovoltaics 7.MARKET GROWTH RATE AND SIZE BY TECHNOLOGY 7.1.ITO-on-PET 7.2.Silver nanowires 7.3.Graphene 7.4.Carbon nanotubes 7.5.PEDOT:PSS 7.6.Metal Mesh 8.CONCLUSIONS
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