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

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

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CAMBRIDGE, England, 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 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 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.

  oTen-year forecasts in unit sales or market value, plus, ten-year market
    forecasts for TCF and TCG by area and value, for these applications:

       oMobile and smart phones
       oNotebooks and touch notebooks
       oMonitors and touch monitors
       oOLED lighting
       oOrganic photovoltaics
       oDye-sensitised solar cells
       oElectroluminescent displays

  oTen-year market forecasts in area, market share, and value for these

       oSilver nanowires
       oCarbon nanotubes
       oMetal mesh

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