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Printed, Organic & Flexible Electronics Forecasts, Players & Opportunities 2015-2025

Published: Mar 2015 | No Of Pages: 319 | Published By: IDTechEx
This report provides the most comprehensive view of the topic, giving detailed ten year forecasts by device type. The market is analyzed by territory, printed vs non printed, rigid vs flexible, inorganic vs organic, cost of materials vs process cost and much more. Activities of over 1,000 leading companies are given, as is assessment of the winners and losers to come.
 
Impartial assessment 
 
In the report IDTechEx appraises each enabling technology component by virtue of its market need - not technology push. We draw on ten years of knowledge tracking this sector and provide detailed, refined forecasts, strategic positioning and assessment of trends, "hot topics" and unmet opportunities.
 
 
The big picture 
 
The report specifically addresses the big picture - including OLED displays and lighting, to thin film photovoltaics to flexible sensors and much more. Importantly, it includes not only electronics which are printed, organic and/or flexible now, but it also covers those that will be. Realistic timescales, case studies, existing products and the emergence of new products are given, as are impediments and opportunities for the years to come.
 
Over 3,000 organizations are pursuing printed, organic, flexible electronics, including printing, electronics, materials and packaging companies. While some of these technologies are in use now - indeed there are three sectors which have created billion dollar markets - others are commercially embryonic.
 
The benefits of these new electronics are numerous - ranging from lower cost, improved performance, flexibility, transparency, reliability, better environmental credentials and much more. Many of the applications will be newly created, and where existing electronic and electrical products are impacted, the extent will be varied.
 
This widely referenced IDTechEx report brings it all together, with particular focus on applications and quantative assessment of opportunities.
 
Lessons, successes and opportunities
 
The following components are assessed, and for each one ten year forecasts are given, along with companies and their activities, case studies, impediments to commercialization and timescales:
 
  • Logic and memory 
  • OLED displays 
  • OLED lighting 
  • Electrophoretic and other bistable displays 
  • Electrochromic displays 
  • Electroluminescent displays 
  • Other displays 
  • Thin film batteries 
  • Photovoltaics 
  • Sensors 
  • Conductors 
  • Other
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS 
1.1. Definitions 
1.2. Market Potential and Profitability 
1.3. Current market size 
1.4. Total market size 2015 to 2025 
1.5. Value chain and investment 
1.6. Organic versus inorganic electronics 
1.7. Printed versus non-printed electronics 
1.8. Flexible/conformal versus rigid electronics 
1.9. Market by territory 
1.10. The long term view 
1.11. The value chain and unmet needs 
1.12. Go to Market Strategies 
1.13. Printed electronics needs new design rules 
1.14. What end users want - results from 20 end user surveys 
1.15. Successes, failures and repositioners 
 
2. INTRODUCTION 
2.1. Ten year forecasts of unusual breadth 
2.2. Terminology and definitions 
2.3. Scope for printed electronics and electrics 
2.4. There is a bigger picture 
2.5. The potential significance of organic and printed inorganic electronics 
2.6. 3,000 organisations active in the field 
2.7. Printed electronics products today 
2.8. Highest volume products with no silicon chip 
2.9. Printed electronics with silicon chips/hybrid electronics 
2.9.1. Electronic apparel 
2.9.2. Display and lighting 
2.9.3. Stretchable electronic products for sale 
2.10. Displays are the main sector for now 
2.11. Photovoltaics beyond conventional silicon are the second largest market 
2.12. How printed electronics is being applied 
2.12.1. Current markets 
2.12.2. Surprisingly poor progress with low cost electronics so far 
2.13. Threat - silicon chips keep getting cheaper 
2.14. Challenging conventional electronics 
2.15. Flexible is a big market 
2.16. Assumptions for forecasts 
 
3. LOGIC AND MEMORY 
3.1. Logic and memory market forecasts 2015-2025 
3.2. Logic and memory forecast by application 2015-2025 
3.3. Impact on silicon 
3.4. Fools underestimate silicon 
3.5. Transistor design 
3.6. The main options for semiconductors 
3.6.1. What reads to most of the potential strengths of printed transistors 
3.6.2. Primary market focus of developers 
3.6.3. Shakeout of organic transistor developers 
3.6.4. Oxide Semiconductors 
3.6.5. Carbon Nanotube and Graphene 
3.6.6. Company strategy and value chain 
3.7. Memory 
3.8. Flexible memristor 
 
4. DISPLAYS 
4.1. Market drivers 
4.2. OLED Displays 
4.2.1. OLED Development timeline 
4.2.2. Current OLED Products 
4.2.3. OLEDs and the beginning of the end for LCDs 
4.2.4. OLEDs - a rapidly growing market
4.2.5. Current Technical Approaches for OLED TV 
4.2.6. OLED investment 
4.2.7. Potential Scenarios for OLED TV
4.2.8. OLED production capacity 
4.2.9. OLED market forecasts 2015-2025 
4.2.10. Unmet technical needs for OLEDs 
4.3. Electrophoretic and other bi-stable displays 
4.3.1. Applications of E-paper displays 
4.3.2. Ubiquity or obsolescence: how is E Ink's success story going to end? 
4.3.3. Electrowetting displays 
4.3.4. Electrophoretic and Bi-Stable displays market forecasts 2015-2025 
4.4. Electrochromic
4.4.1. Electrochromic displays market forecasts 2015-2025 
4.5. AC Electroluminescent 
4.5.1. Electroluminescent displays market forecasts 2015-2025 
4.6. Other display technologies 
4.6.1. Thermochromic 
4.6.2. Flexible LCDs 
 
5. OLED AND LED LIGHTING 
5.1. Value proposition of OLED vs. LED lighting 
5.2. LED Market - a detailed overview 
5.2.1. The LED Market - Backlighting 
5.2.2. The LED Market - Automotive 
5.2.3. The LED Market - General Lighting 
5.2.4. The LED Market - Market Figures 
5.3. OLED Lighting - market analysis 
5.3.1. Cost projection 
5.3.2. OLED Market penetration 
5.3.3. OLED Value Chain
5.3.4. OLED market forecast 2015-2025 
 
6. PHOTOVOLTAICS 
6.1. Crystalline Silicon 
6.2. Thin Film Photovoltaics 
6.2.1. Amorphous Silicon 
6.2.2. CdTe 
6.2.3. CIGS 
6.2.4. DSSCs 
6.2.5. Organic PV 
6.3. Market trends and Forecasts 
6.3.1. Crystalline Silicon 
6.3.2. Thin films 
 
7. BATTERIES AND FLEXIBLE SUPERCAPACITORS 
7.1.1. Importance of laminar batteries 
7.1.2. Choices of laminar battery 
7.2. Printed batteries forecasts 2015-2025
7.2.1. Laminar batteries - missing the big opportunity?
 
8. SENSORS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS 
8.1. Definitions 
8.2. Printed and flexible sensors forecasts 2015-2025 
8.2.1. Biomedical sensors 
8.2.2. Touch sensors 
8.2.3. Force and pressure sensors 
8.2.4. Light/image sensors 
8.2.5. Gas sensors 
8.2.6. Temperature sensors 
8.2.7. Consumer 
8.3. Printed and flexible sensor forecasts by application in 2014 
 
9. MARKET BY TERRITORY, COMPONENTS, MATERIALS, OPPORTUNITIES 
9.1. Market by territory 
9.1.1. Number of active organisations globally in this field 
9.1.2. Geographical split 2015-2025 
9.1.3. Giant corporations of the world and their progress with printed electronics 
9.2. The total market opportunity by component 
9.3. Organic versus Inorganic 
9.4. Printed versus non-printed electronics 
9.5. Flexible/conformal versus rigid electronics 
9.6. Market forecasts for materials 2015-2025 
9.7. Impact of printed electronics on conventional markets 
9.7.1. Impact on end-use markets 
9.7.2. Potential markets 
 
10. UNMET NEEDS, HOT TOPICS, OPPORTUNITIES AND PROGRESS 
10.1. Rare materials and the effect of commodity material prices on driving innovation in printed, organic and flexible electronics 
10.1.1. Indium 
10.1.2. Silver and copper ink 
10.2. Need for better flexible, transparent, low cost barriers 
10.2.1. Encapsulation technologies 
10.2.2. Dyads 
10.2.3. Flexible glass 
10.2.4. Flexible barriers forecasts 
10.3. Transparent Conductive Films and touch surfaces 
10.4. Lack of standardized benchmarking 
10.5. Urgent need for creative product design 
10.5.1. Smart packaging 
 
11. COMPANY PROFILES 
11.1. Agfa Materials 
11.2. BASF 
11.3. Bayer MaterialScience AG 
11.4. Cambrios Technologies Corp 
11.5. Coatema Coating Machinery 
11.6. Corning 
11.7. Dai Nippon Printing 
11.8. DuPont Microcircuit Materials 
11.9. E Ink Holdings 
11.10. Evonik 
11.11. Fujifilm Dimatix 
11.12. GSI Technologies LLC 
11.13. Heliatek GmbH 
11.14. Henkel 
11.15. Heraeus GmbH 
11.16. Hewlett Packard 
11.17. InkTec Co Ltd 
11.18. ITRI Taiwan 
11.19. Kovio Inc 
11.20. Kunshan Hisense Electronics 
11.21. Merck KGaA 
11.22. NovaCentrix 
11.23. Optomec 
11.24. Philips Corporate Technologies 
11.25. Plastic Logic 
11.26. PolyIC 
11.27. Printechnologics 
11.28. Samsung 
11.29. Showa Denko 
11.30. Soligie 
11.31. Thin Film Electronics 
11.32. TNO Holst Centre 
11.33. Toppan Forms 
11.34. Toppan Printing 
11.35. University of Tokyo 
11.36. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland 
11.37. Other players in this value chain 
 
APPENDIX 
1: MATRIX OF PRINTED ELECTRONICS SUPPLIERS AND ACTIVITIES 
IDTECHEX RESEARCH REPORTS AND CONSULTANCY 
1.1. Description and analysis of the main technology components of printed and potentially printed electronics 
1.2. Current opportunity, market size and profitability 
1.3. Market forecast by component type for 2015-2025 in US $ billions, for printed and potentially printed electronics including organic, inorganic and composites 1.4. The different states of readiness of organic and inorganic electronic technologies (semiconductors and conductors) 
1.5. Spend on organic versus inorganic materials 2015-2025 US$ billion 
1.6. Split of material types by component 
1.7. Market value $ billions of only printed electronics 2015-2025 
1.8. Total market value of printed versus non-printed electronics 2015-2025 US$ billion 
1.9. Market value $ billions of only flexible/conformal electronics 2015-2025 
1.10. Total market value of flexible/conformal versus rigid electronics 2015-2025 in US$ billion 
1.11. The market for printed and potentially printed electronics by territory in $ billion 2015-2025 
1.12. Possible breakdown of the market for printed and potentially printed electronics in 2035 by numbers and value 
1.13. Success and failures 
2.1. Market forecasts for 2035 in US$ billion 
2.2. End user markets relevant to printed electronics 
2.3. Leading market drivers 2025 
2.4. Some potential benefits of printed and partly printed organic and inorganic electronics and electrics over conventional devices and non-electronic printing in various applications 
2.5. Types of printed/thin film photovoltaics beyond silicon compared, with examples of suppliers 
2.6. Primary assumptions of organic electronics in full production 2013-2035 
3.1. Global market for printed electronics logic and memory 2015-2025 in billions of dollars, with % printed and % flexible 
3.2. Logic and memory application - unit numbers millions 2015-2025 
3.3. Logic and memory - average cost US dollar 2015-2025 
3.4. Logic and memory - total value 2015-2025 
3.5. Scope for printed TFTCs to create new markets or replace silicon chips 
3.6. Advantages of printed and thin film transistors and memory vs traditional silicon 
3.7. Key parameters of thin-film deposition techniques 
4.1. Some new and established display technologies compared 
4.2. Comparison of the features of various technologies for advertising and signage 
4.3. Announced and exiting production plans of major companies 
4.4. Market forecasts for OLED panel displays 2015-2025 
4.5. Electrophoretic and Bi-stable displays market forecasts 2015-2025 
4.6. Electrochromic displays market forecasts 2015-2025 
4.7. Electroluminescent displays market forecasts 2015-2025 
5.1. OLED Lighting market forecasts 2015-2025 
6.1. Photovoltaics forecast breakdown US$ billion 2015-2025
7.1. Shapes of battery for small RFID tags advantages and disadvantages 
7.2. Advantages and disadvantages of some options for supplying electricity to small devices 
7.3. Batteries forecasts 2015-2025 
8.1. Sensor forecasts 2015-2025 
9.1. The market for printed and potentially printed electronics by territory in $ billion 2015-2025 
9.2. Examples of giant corporations intending to make the printed and potentially printed devices with the largest market potential, showing East Asia dominant. 9.3. Examples of giant corporations, making or intending to make materials for printed and potentially printed electronics 
9.4. Summary of the trends by territory 
9.5. Market forecast by component type for 2015-2025 in US $ billions, for printed and potentially printed electronics including organic, inorganic and composites 9.6. Market forecasts for 2035 in US$ billion 
9.7. Spend on organic versus inorganic materials 2015-2025 US$ billion 
9.8. Split of material types by component 
9.9. Market value $ billions of only printed electronics 2015-2025 
9.10. Market value $ billions of only flexible/conformal electronics 2015-2025 
9.11. Materials market forecasts 2015-2025 US$ billion
9.12. End user markets relevant to printed and potentially printed electronics 
9.13. Possible breakdown of the market for printed and potentially printed electronics in 2035 by numbers and value 
10.1. Water vapour and oxygen transmission rates of various materials. 
10.2. Requirements of barrier materials 
10.3. Market share of transparent conductive films 
11.1. Other players in the value chain 
1.1. Current market status by component type 
1.2. Market forecast by component type for 2015-2025 in US $ billions, for printed and potentially printed electronics including organic, inorganic and composites 1.3. The printed electronics value chain 
1.4. Spend on organic versus inorganic materials 2015-2025 US$ billion 
1.5. Market value $ billions of only printed electronics 2015-2025 
1.6. Total market value of printed versus non-printed electronics 2015-2025 US$ billion 
1.7. Market value $ billions of only flexible/conformal electronics 2015-2025 
1.8. Total market value of flexible versus non-flexible electronics 2015-2025 in US$ billion 
1.9. Market by Territory 2015-2025 in US$ billion 
1.10. Examples of organic and inorganic electronics and electrics potentially tackling different technologies and applications 
1.11. The potential annual global sales of each type by 2025 in US$ billions and percentage 
1.12. The potential annual global sales of each type by 2035 in US$ billions 
1.13. The emerging value chain is unbalanced 
1.14. Those going to market first move right 
1.15. Examples of printed electronics creating new products 
2.1. Market forecasts for 2035 in US$ billion 
2.2. Leading market drivers 2025 
2.3. Giant industries collaborate for the first time 
2.4. The 3,000 organisations tackling printed and potentially printed devices and their materials 
2.5. Smart iontophoretic skin patches 
2.6. Esquire magazine with animated display September 2008 
2.7. T-equaliser animated t-shirt 
2.8. OLED TV from LG 
2.9. How printed electronics is being applied to products 
2.10. Printed Electronics Applications 
2.11. Typical price breaks for high volume electronics and examples of potential advances 
2.12. Some of the potential markets 
3.1. Global market for printed electronics logic and memory 2015-2025 
3.2. Traditional geometry for a field effect transistor 
3.3. Semiconductor options 
3.4. The market space for display backplanes that is likely to be filled by oxide semiconductor thin film transistors 
3.5. Road map 
3.6. Demonstrator with various components from Thinfilm, PARC, Acreo and PST Sensors 
3.7. Printing electronics breaks the cost & scalability barriers 
3.8. Thinfilm memory compared with the much more complex DRAM in silicon 
3.9. Structure of Thinfilm memory 
4.1. How major trends have driven technology innovation in the display industry at different eras 
4.2. Timeline of activity in the OLED space in terms of joint ventures, partnerships and collaborations 
4.3. Examples of key OLED display products on the market. The products include cameras, tablets, music players, mobile phones, TVs, etc and the producers include Nokia, Sony, Samsung, LG, HTC, Microsoft, Motorola, etc 
4.4. Volume production (in units) for different companies in the OLED display space for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 
4.5. Market forecasts for OLED panel displays 2015-2025 
4.6. Principle of operation of electrophoretic displays 
4.7. E-paper displays on a magazine sold in the US in October 2008 
4.8. Secondary display on a cell phone 
4.9. Amazon Kindle 2, launched in the US in February 2009 
4.10. White state reflectance % 
4.11. Competitive analysis of E Ink (Pearl) vs. Liquavista and Mirasol displays 
4.12. Global electrophoretic e-readers sales (in million units) 
4.13. Droplet contracting and relaxing from Liquavista 
4.14. Electrophoretic and Bi-stable displays market forecasts 2015-2025 
4.15. Electrochromic display on a Valentine's card sold by Marks and Spencer in the UK in 2004 and electrochromic display with drive circuits in a laminate for smart cards 
4.16. Electrochromic displays market forecasts 2015-2025 
4.17. Boardroom lighting in Alcatel France that switches to various modes 
4.18. Animated EL artwork in a two meter suspended ball for event lighting 
4.19. Coyopa rum with four segment sequentially switched pictures 
4.20. TV controller 
4.21. Electroluminescent displays market forecasts 2015-2025 
4.22. Duracell battery tester 
4.23. Interactive game on a beer package by VTT Technologies in Finland 
4.24. Color LCD by photo alignment 
4.25. Color printable flexible LCD 
5.1. Comparing the attributes of OLED and LED lighting using a radar chart 
5.2. Market growth of LEDs in the backlighting, automotive and general lighting sectors between 2013 and 2023* 
5.3. OLED Lighting market forecasts 2015-2025 
6.1. Applied Baccini Pegaso printer 
6.2. Roadmap for the reduction of silver utilization 
6.3. Examples of a-Si PV 
6.4. Applications of CIGS technology 
6.5. Current and envisaged future products incorporating dye sensitized solar cells 
6.6. Illustrations of organic photovoltaics
6.7. Total photovoltaics market forecasts 2015-2025 
7.1. Batteries forecasts 2015-2025 
7.2. Estee Lauder smart skin patch which delivers cosmetics using the iontophoretic effect 
8.1. Rigid, printed and flexible substrates 
8.2. Sensor forecasts 2015-2025 
8.3. Main drivers for adoption of printed and flexible sensors 
8.4. Market for printed sensors in 2014 
9.1. Organisations involved in printed and potentially printed electronics across the world, by type of interest 
9.2. Primary devices being developed 
9.3. Market by Territory 2015-2025 in US$ billion 
9.4. Number of printed electronics products by country 
9.5. Market forecast by component type for 2015-2025 in US $ billions, for printed and potentially printed electronics including organic, inorganic and composites 9.6. Market forecasts for 2035 in US$ billion
9.7. Spend on organic versus inorganic materials 2015-2025 US$ billion 
9.8. Market value $ billions of only printed electronics 2015-2025 
9.9. Market value $ billions of only flexible/conformal electronics 2015-2025 
9.10. Relative investments from the key areas of printed electronics development 
9.11. Materials market forecast 2015-2025 US$ billion 
9.12. Examples of organic and inorganic electronics and electrics potentially tackling different technologies and applications 
9.13. The potential annual global sales of each type by 2025 in US$ billions and percentage 
9.14. The potential annual global sales of each type by 2035 in US$ billions 
9.15. Some of the potential markets 
10.1. The price of indium has been fluctuating over the years, creating uncertainty for end users 
10.2. The price of silver (shown in $/oz) has spiked in recent years, largely due to the global economic downturn 
10.3. Schematic diagrams for encapsulated structures a) conventional b) laminated c) deposited in situ 
10.4. A percentage breakdown of the market by applications for flexible barrier films in 2015 
10.5. Progress of confirmed research-scale photovoltaic device efficiencies, under AM 1.5 simulated solar illumination, for a variety of technologies 
10.6. Innovative product designers/ sellers are in short supply 
11.1. Semiconductor development at Evonik 
11.2. Target range for mobility and processing temperature of semiconductors 
11.3. Transfer characteristics of gen3 semiconductor system 
11.4. Current efficiency of a Novaled PIN OLEDTM stack on an inkjet printed, transparent conductive ITO anode 
11.5. A flexible display sample 
11.6. Printed electronics samples 
11.7. New electronics targets physical space 
11.8. Large-area electronics 
11.9. 32" pressure sensor matrix 
11.10. Wireless power transmission sheet 
11.11. Device structure
11.12. Organic transistors 
11.13. Organic transistor 3D ICs 
11.14. Scanner with no moving parts 
11.15. Scanning a wine bottle label 
11.16. Stretchable electronics 
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