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ReportLinker Analyzes Functional Printing Market by Materials, Technolgy & more in its Latest Report

Published on 2013-12-10. Author : SpecialChem

The functional printing technology is advancing from research and development into production and is penetrating many applications like sensors, batteries, RFID, photovoltaic, flexible display, and so on. The production of silicon based components using conventional fabrication methods is found to be costly and faces environmental issues. These issues have pushed the demand for low cost and environmentally sustainable techniques, thus, stimulating the emergence of other manufacturing techniques like printing technologies. The major printing technologies used for functional printing are inkjet, screen, gravure, and flexography.

The choice of printing technology is made by giving due consideration to the properties of the substrates, thickness of film, ink properties, and the cost. Currently, few of the manufacturers have started using new printing technologies, like additive manufacturing processes, to print electronic parts and components on rigid or flexible substrates. Additive manufacturing for production provides great benefits like freedom in design, cost, and high material utilization for the entire production value chain. Other than the conventional methods, even new printing processes are being developed, including micro-contact printing and nano-imprint lithography.

The major barrier inhibiting the growth of the market, currently, is the reliability of the end products (printed electronics), and it is expected that this issue will be overcome by the advancement in the functional printing technology. In addition to this, the market is opposed to the issue of complexity during the manufacturing processes, which require a high level of accuracy for the desired output.

Scope of the report

The report presents the detailed analysis of the markets for the functional printing; such as materials, technology, and coating; and, also, includes detailed analysis of application segments and geographical split across the globe.

On the basis of materials

The market is segmented into two categories, namely: substrates and inks. Substrates are again segmented into glass, paper, and plastics; and inks are classified into conductive inks, dielectric ink, graphene inks, and others.

On the basis of technology

The functional printing technology market is segmented into inkjet printing, screen printing, gravure printing, flexography, and others.

On the basis of coating

The functional printing coating market is segmented into two types, namely: conductive coating and conformal coating.

On the basis of applications

The functional printing application market is divided into sensor, batteries, displays, RFID tags, Lighting, photovoltaic, and so on.

On the basis of geography
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • ROW

Each section provides market data, market drivers, trends and opportunities, key players, and the competitive outlook. It also provides the market tables for covering the sub-segments and micro-markets.

Functional printing is a production process that deposits a functional material in a controlled and selective pattern upon a material. It holds a major potential to enable the next wave in high volume electronic production. The existing printing technologies are not only used for printing graphics but, also, have extended their application for printing electronic components and are, hence, used for functional printing. It is used for a number of novel applications like photovoltaic, OLED displays, sensors, RFID, batteries, and OLED lighting.

The report provides the dynamics of the market along with comprehensive forecasts of revenue with regards to— technology, materials, applications, coating, and geography. The functional printing technologies are classified into inkjet, screen printing, gravure, flexography, and others. The material section is further segmented into substrates and ink; and substrates section includes glass, plastic, and paper; and ink has been segmented into conductive inks, dielectric ink, graphene inks, and so on. Applications of functional printing include sensors, displays, batteries, RFID tags, lighting, photovoltaic, medical, and others. This report covers geographical regions which include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World.

The major factor that is fuelling the growth of the market, currently, is the fact that it is a low cost manufacturing process. The conventional high-volume-low-cost printing techniques enable the production of lightweight and robust electronic components at a lower cost; and this printing process does not involve etching, metalizing, and copper plating, thus eliminating the wastewater treatment.

The stability of the ink for drop formation, the viscosity that must be suitable for the print heads and the ink interaction with the substrate - is taken into account while printing. These are the major factors inhibiting the growth of the market.

The market has been witnessing the convergence of several industry sectors such as printing, materials (substrate, inks, and chemicals), and electronics; which facilitate the development of new products.

The major companies into the functional printing market are GSI technologies (U.S.), Eastman Kodak Company (U.S.), Mark Andy Inc (U.S.), Toppan Printing Co.Ltd (Japan), BASF SE (Germany), DuPont (U.S.), KovioInc (U.S.), Toya Ink International Corp (U.S.), Vorbeck Materials (U.S.), Haiku Tech (U.S.), Xaar (U.K.), Avery Dennison (U.S.), Blue spark Technologies Inc (U.S.), Universal Display Corporation (U.S.), and so on.

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