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Novel Printing Techniques for Organic Electronics(Technical Insights) : Manufacturing the Next Generation Electronic Devices & Systems

  • December 2014
  • 46 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2604044

Summary

Table of Contents

Research Scope

This research service (RS) covers printing techniques that help in addressing challenges faced by conventional electronics. The novel printing techniques for organic electronics addresses several challenges, such as, cost efficiency, mass production, improved accuracy, and high resolution. The end product is thin, flexible, lightweight and environment friendly. The study discusses in detail the market implications and business opportunities of the varied printing techniques intended for organic electronic applications.

Scope of Study
The research service identifies the opportunities, and the drivers and challenges in printing technologies for organic electronics. The report uses value chain analysis to provide information about the key players in industry.

Technology Areas Covered
The study covers different type of printing technologies, such as, gravure, inkjet, flexography, and lithograph.
Region Covered
The RS is segmented into three different markets—Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America.

Application Scope
Applications for printed electronics are growing and can be used in a wide range of industries. Markets have already witnessed the contribution of printing technologies in photovoltaic, light-emitting displays, and radio frequency identification (RFID), whereas smart textiles and thin-film batteries are emerging owing to the increasing demand for cost efficient devices

Target Group
The target audience for printing technologies is growing at a fast pace. Industries such as lighting and consumer electronics have been major areas of application in the past, whereas industries such as medical, textiles, logistics, energy and automation are emerging applications for organic electronics.

Research Methodology

Step 1: To provide a thorough analysis of each topic, Technical Insights’ analysts perform a review of patents to become familiar with the major developers and commercial participants and their processes.
Step 2: Building on the patent search, the analysts review abstracts to identify key scientific and technical papers that provide insights into key industry participants and the technical processes on which they work.
Step 3: The analysts then create a detailed questionnaire with content created to address the research objectives of the study, which functions as a guide during the interview process. While the analysts use structured questionnaires to guarantee coverage of all the desired issues, they also conduct interviews in a conversational style. This approach results in a more thorough exchange of views with the respondents, and offers greater insight into the relevant issues than more structured interviews may provide.
Step 4: The analysts conduct primary research with key industry participants and technology developers to obtain the required content. Interviews are completed with sources located throughout the world in universities, national laboratories, governmental and regulatory bodies, trade associations, and end-user companies, among other key organizations. Our analysts contact the major commercial participants to find out about the advantages and disadvantages of processes and the drivers and challenges behind technologies and applications. Our analysts talk to the principal developers, researchers, engineers, business developers, analysts, strategic planners, and marketing experts, among other professionals.
Step 5: The project management and research team reviews and analyzes the research data that are gathered and adds its recommendations to the draft of the final study. Having conducted both published studies and custom proprietary research covering many types of new and emerging technology activities as well as worldwide industry analysis, the management and research team adds its perspective and experience to provide an accurate, timely analysis. The analysts then prepare written final research services for each project and sometimes present Key Findings in analyst briefings to clients.

Year of Impact
Printing technologies has been widely adopted in consumer electronics products. Currently this technology is used in OLED and photovoltaics. Different printing technologies and development in functional fluid and inks are making inroads into this sector and are expected to be adopted on a large scale by 2020.

Market Potential
The printing technology market is growing at a rapid pace, and this trend is expected to increase in the coming years. The other factor fuelling this growth is the demand from new market segments. The consumer electronics segment will remain the major source of revenue for the industry.

IP Activity
The patent landscape is dominated by Samsung and LG, followed by Philips. South Korea and China leads the pack with the maximum number of patents filed, followed by USA. Companies are building a strong IP portfolio with patents related to advancement in printing technologies. This is seen as one of the strategies employed by the companies to maintain their competitive position in the market.

Funding
Government support program plays an important role in funding the research and development activities of various innovations in printing technology. Currently, funding is mainly focused on developing this technology to meet the growing needs of the customer and making devices more feasible for integration into various consumer products.

Breadth of Industries
Printing technology has been implemented in a large number of products in the consumer electronics market. In the consumer electronics arena, there has been prolific adoption of this technology in the OLED segment. Cross industrial adoption of this technology is also expanding.

Potential Points of Convergence
In consumer electronics, there has been an increase in demand for higher efficiency, and functionality. Printing technology is seen as a solution to address these growing user needs. This technology has the potential to open up or expand the industrial, automotive, commercial, and healthcare sectors, where it could be adopted on a large scale.

Implication of Innovations
Printing techniques are playing a vital role in organic electronics market. Several universities, consortiums and companies are working towards advancing and developing printing techniques for atomic layer deposition, fluropolymer coating, mass production and customization. Few key developers include University of Texas, Northwestern University, Beneq, Kateeva, Japanese Consortium.

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