Flexible Applications Based on Printed Electronics Technologies 2013 Report

Published: May 2013
No. of Pages: 200
  

Key Features Of The Report

  • Flexible and printed electronics market forecast 2013 - 2020
  • Application roadmaps & timelines
  • Detailed manufacturing process flows
  • Technical challenges
  • Analyzed applications: displays, lighting, photovoltaics, sensing,substrates
  • Polytronics & smart systems

Combined flexible & printed electronic applications could reach US$1B in 2020. Multiple applications are driving growth!

Technical Challenges Are Close To Being Overcome To Reach US$1B Market By 2020

Today flexible & printed electronics create a lot of hope. And a supply chain is being created to support an industrial infrastructure. In our report, we have identified and tracked the five main functionalities of flexible & printed electronics: displaying, sensing, lighting, energy generating and substrates. The different degrees of freedom in flexibility that can be obtained can be divided into:

  • Conformable substrate: the flexible substrate will be shaped in a definitive way after processing
  • “Bendable” substrate: they can be rolled and bent many times (even if we consider it will not be a key feature coming from customer needs)
  • “Unused” flexibility: in the end, the flexibility is not an added value to the customer

We believe some applications will be more likely than other to be successful – for example, bendable applications will undergo tough stress during use and technological challenges will be hard to overcome. Our report shows the distinction between the functions (displaying lighting, energy conversion, sensing & substrates) and the seek flexibility “degree of freedom”. We do not make the distinction in our report between organic and inorganic substrates as semiconductors can also be used as flexible substrates.

However, we believe over the next several years, the number of applications using printing processes for flexible electronics will grow .

We estimate the printed & flexible electronics market will grow from ~ $176M in 2013 to ~ $950M in 2020 with a 27% CAGR in market value. Printed OLED displays for large size (TVs) are likely to become the largest market. For OLED lighting, we believe it will grow but remain a niche market for automotive and/ or office lighting. For PV, the market demand by 2020 will remain very low compared to the demand for rigid PV, largely below 1% of the global market demand by 2020. Sensor, smart system & polytronic applications will include sensors, touchless / touch screens, RFID applications.

A Wide, Exiciting Range Of New Application

Printed & flexible electronics is a new exiting technology with large potential market expectations. Indeed, as semiconductors move to the very small with 22nm critical dimension, printed electronics moves to the other end of the spectrum with its own material, equipment, process challenges and supply chain. Printed electronics will not kill semiconductor electronics as it will not be a replacement for CMOS silicon. However, it will create new industry segments and new classes of applications with unique features, benefi ts and costs that cannot be addressed with conventional semiconductor electronics.

For example, we believe printing technologies will also allow additional properties such as flexibility. Originally, the general vision for printed electronics was the possibility to print low cost electronic components on any substrate. It was supposed to allow low cost, low effiiency, large volume electronics manufacturing, and it was supposed to create a large multiplicity of applications. Flexible electronics appeared quite soon after envisaging printability. Such devices were supposed to allow new applications directly linked to flexibility.

Moreover, the coming of polytronic technologies is a disruptive approach that could change the way printed & flexible electronic devices will be manufactured. It can be considered a new alternative to the “More Moore” approach where Si ICs, thin fi lms, micro batteries, displays etc … will be embedded in a flexible substrate. The global interest in polytronics is born from the difficulties faced by the flexible & printed electronics industry. It is an alternate way to come to similar results while trying to avoid some of the main challenges.

Manufacturing: Key Processing Choices Are Still To Be Made

We have identifi ed strong technical challenges for the printed & flexible electronics industry to overcome if it is to be successful. Today it is still more technopush rather than market-pull. Printed and flexible electronics are still looking for high throughput, high resolution deposition techniques in order to become suitable for other markets than just a few niche highend applications. For example, a big bottleneck is an efficient barrier technology. Indeed, to be successful, the main technical challenge in the short term lies in finding a good barrier technology: encapsulation materials are not so good on flexible substrates. Solution printing process flow is composed of three main steps: ink/coating creation, deposition and curing. I nk c hemistry i s a pplication d ependent, and various precursors can be used for the same application. The nature of the ink / coating will defi ne what kind of process can or cannot be used. For example, only inks containing very thin particles can be used for inkjet printing (typically < 100nm particle for 1μm diameter nozzles). In the same way, deposition methods induce specific requirements in terms of viscosity. Deposition techniques vary, but most of them are not yet adapted to large volume, low cost printed electronics. Thermal processing is required in order to crystallize the ink. Curing temperature and time are critical factors for printed electronics manufacturing as organic materials are very sensitive to high temperatures.

For printed and flexible electronics, every application has its own challenges. For example, flexibility challenges for small screen OLEDs are:

  • Expensive encapsulation with slow manufacturing processes today
  • Low number of material suppliers
  • No high throughput equipment
  • Still high cost etc …

To achieve printability, there are additional challenges: the need for efficient materials (long lifetime, good printability, good conductivity etc…), need for efficient processes and cost effective manufacturing equipment, for example.

Objectives Of The Report

For systems makers:

  • Understand the potential of the printed electronics market
  • Understand the technical challenges

For devices makers:

  • Identify and evaluate the printed electronic markets with market size & growth
  • Analyze the threads and opportunities
  • Monitor and benchmark your competitor’s advancements

For chemical & tool companies:

  • Identify what are the technical hurdles for printed electronics
  • Analyze the threads and opportunities

For financial & Strategic investors:

  • Understand the main market dynamics and technological trends
  • Get the list of key players

Companies Cited In The Report

3M, Add-Vision, AGC, AGFA, Air Products, Aixtron, Altadevices, Applied materials, Arjowiggins, Arkema, Armor, Astron Flamm, Asys Solar, BASF, Beneq, Bosch, Boschmann, Cabot, Cambrios, Canatu, Canon, Catrene, CEA LITEN, Central Standard Timing, Ceradrop, Ceres, Chimet, CIT, CNM, Creative Materials, DEK, DisaSolar, DNP, DOW, Dupont, Dupont Teijin, Dyesol, Dynamic Organic Light, Eight 19, E-ink, Elecon, EMPA, EnFuCell, enthone, Epson, EVG, evonik, Flisom, Fraunhofer, Fuji Film, G24i, GE, GEM,Global Solar, Global Solar Energy Deutschland GmbH (GSED), Haiku Tech, HC Starck, Heliatek, HelioVolt, Heraeus, HMI, Honeywell, IMEC, Inca Digital Printers, Infineon, Infinite Power solutions, Inkoa, InkTec, ISET, ISORG, JRT, Konarka, Konica Minolta, Kovio, KUL, KWJ Engineering, LG, Liquavista, LPKF, manroland, Markandy, MEMC, Merck, MiaSolé, Micro-tec, Mitsubishi Chemical, Monocrystal, moserbaer, Nano ePrint, Nanoink, Nanomas, Nanosolar, NextInput, Novacentrix, NTC, Ntera, Nuon Helianthos, Nuvosun, NVC, NXP, Odersun, Optomec, Optony, Ormecon, Ormet, Osram, Panasonic, PEMCO, Pioneer, PixDro, Philips, Plastic Logic, Plextronics, Polymer Vision, Prelonic Technologies, Prime View International, Rena, Rolith, SAES, Sakurai, Samsung, Schreiner, Showa Denko, Skiff, Solarion, Solaronix, Sony, SouthWest Nanotechnologies, Sumitomo Chemical, Tianma, TNO, Toppan, TU Delft, Unidym, UniSolar, Veeco, Verhaert, Vitex, Von Ardenne, Vorbeck Materials, VTT, Wageningen University, Yotaphone

Flexible Applications Based on Printed Electronics Technologies 2013 Report

Table Of Contents

Content of the report 2

Scope of the report & definitions 3
Key objectives 4
Coverage 5
Definitions 6
What’s new in this report update? 7
Who should be interested in this report? 8
Companies cited 9
About the authors 10

Executive summary 11
Application landscape 12
Players landscape 30
Market 35

Introduction 39

2012-2020 market forecast 52

Applications overview 67
Displays 68
Time to market
Applications & markets segments
Small OLEDs
Large OLEDs
E-papers
Market forecast
Conclusions
Lighting 90
Time to market
Applications & markets segments
Cost
Potential advantages
Comparison with other light sources
Roadmap
OLED vs LED
Market forecast
Conclusions
Photovoltaic 116
Time to market
Introduction
Overview of technologies
Why flexible?
Why printed?
Technologies & players
Market metrics
Market forecast
Conclusions
Sensors & substrates 148
Time to market
Introduction
Polytronics
Surfing on the hype
Examples
Market forecast
Conclusions
Players landscape 165
Processing technologies 171
Main technical challenges
Printed organic vs. semiconductors
Printing technologies
Small OLEDs processes
Large OLEDs processes
OLEDs lighting processes
PV processes

Conclusions 206

Appendices 209
Yole Développement presentation 210

Published By: Yole Developpement
Product Code: Yole Developpement1082


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