Introduction to Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics

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Introduction to Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics

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Printed electronics is a term that encompasses thin film transistor circuits (TFTCs), displays, interconnects, power, sensors and even actuators. Over one thousand companies have now entered this market. These printing, materials, paper and chemical companies of today will be the new electronic giants tomorrow. This report introduces the technologies, companies, timelines and opportunities for those looking to get involved in the subject.

Here, for the first time is the big picture, including how printed electronics is the gateway to edible, foldable, rollable, conformal, wearable, biodegradable and other electronics and electrics. It covers the future of lighting and the newly created mass markets for disposable electronics and affordable solar cells in vast areas but it also covers the impediments to some rollouts including materials shortages and incremental improvements to existing products instead of 'thinking outside the box'. For the first few years it will be 'electronic printing', mainly replacing print such as barcodes, books, signage and billboards not electronics and this is explained with a profusion of examples.

This report is vital reading to understand the opportunity of the technology, players, needs and timelines, giving global coverage. It is a sister publication to Printed & Organic Electronics Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2012-2022 which focusses on forecasts.

All significant developments in printed electronics are closely analysed in this report. Unusually, we also look at the many printed electronic devices and displays - electrochromic, electroluminescent, etc. - that are already a commercial reality even on flexible substrates, not just the promise of so-called OLEDs. Today's successes also employ conductors, batteries, inductors, antennas, capacitors and electrically active materials that are printed. The moving colour billboard, the gift card and the smart skin patch that are printed on flexible plastic are a reality today and there are lessons to be learned. Other advances are close behind, including printed thin film fuel cells and lasers. Later will come self-adjusting 'use by' dates, printed microprocessors, ubiquitous printed lighting and other wonders, including printing electronics directly onto things. All this is explained in simple language.

For the first time, this report describes the technical and market development and the many new applications, new suppliers and new users being created as a result. There are many comparison tables and new and dramatic illustrations from the smart airport to the next smart military aircraft, the car interior of the next Jaguar car and even examples of electronics as art - newly made possible. Nothing is more up to date than this compelling read.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

1. INTRODUCTION

2. CHEMICALS AND PREPARED MATERIALS

2.1. Raw materials vs formulations
2.2. The big picture
2.3. Printing technology and applications
2.4. Many chemicals, morphologies and processes
2.5. Huge increase in elements employed
2.6. Fragile OLED chemistry
2.7. Versatile new materials
2.8. Barrier layers
2.9. Relevance to photovoltaics and batteries
2.10. The rapidly changing world of conductive patterns
2.11. Materials will attract the most money - market size

3. EQUIPMENT

3.1. Printing versus not printing
3.2. Printing
3.3. Opportunities for conventional electronic manufacture equipment makers
3.4. Printed electronics largely ignored by silicon chip makers

4. INTEGRATING THE EXPANDING TOOLKIT OF PRINTED COMPONENTS

4.1. Modules/components
4.2. Finished Products
4.3. Packaging/Labeling companies enter Printed Electronics
4.4. Creative design is badly needed

5. ROUTES TO ENDURING PROFIT AND GROWTH

5.1. The breakeven curve
5.2. Type of business
5.3. Methodology of the Strategic Planning Institute
  5.3.1. Product positioning is more important than anything
  5.3.2. Detailed SRI findings
5.4. Redefining the battleground
5.5. V curve of sustainable profitability with size
  5.5.1. Minimum size for enduring profitability
5.6. Setting up a service business is easier
  5.6.1. Riding the V
5.7. Experience curves
  5.7.1. Care needed
  5.7.2. Racing down the experience curve
  5.7.3. No guarantees
5.8. Disruptive products?
  5.8.1. Case study: A rigid OLED display is not disruptive, flexible OLEDs are
5.9. Effect of competition and market growth rate
5.10. Methodology of Boston Consulting Group
5.11. Optimum position in the value chain
5.12. Lessons of failure
5.13. Lessons of success

6. ANALYSIS OF FUND RAISING AND GOVERNMENT INVESTMENTS IN PRINTED ELECTRONICS

6.1. Private fund raising
6.2. Government investments

7. ROUTES TO MARKET AND CASE STUDIES - PRINTED ELECTRONICS IN ACTION

7.1. Printed electronics products today
  7.1.1. With or without a silicon chip
  7.1.2. Highest volume products with no silicon chip
  7.1.3. Printed electronics with silicon chips
  7.1.4. Electronic apparel
  7.1.5. Display and lighting
  7.1.6. Photovoltaic power by the mile
  7.1.7. Stretchable electronic products for sale
  7.1.8. A view from Toppan Forms
7.2. Displays are the main sector for now
7.3. Photovoltaics beyond conventional silicon are the second largest market

8. OVER 1000 ORGANISATIONS BY COUNTRY AND ACTIVITY

APPENDIX 1: GLOSSARY

APPENDIX 2: IDTECHEX PUBLICATIONS AND CONSULTANCY

LIST OF TABLES

2.1. Requirements of barrier materials
2.2. Global market for printed and potentially printed electronics $ billion for materials, other and total
4.1. Suppliers of printed electronics modules/components
5.1. Correlations between profit, cash and other business variables.
5.2. Some areas of over and undersupply in printed electronics in 2009-10
6.1. Europe leads the US in government investment in printed electronics
6.2. Investments in Printed Electronics
6.3. Examples of government funded programs for printed electronics
7.2. Types of printed/thin film photovoltaics beyond silicon compared, with examples of suppliers
8.1. Organisation breakdown by country
8.2. Organisation breakdown by activity
8.3. Over 1000 organisations by country and activity

LIST OF FIGURES

1.1. 2250 organisations developing printed electronics by continent and product.
1.2. Printed electronics value chain
1.3. Some technologies becoming applicable to e-labels
2.1. Some of the most promising elements now employed for printed electronics and their purpose
2.2. Resistance in ohms per square of different printed materials
3.1. Relative speed of different printing processes
4.1. The main types of printed electronic and electric components
4.2. Soligie has the printing and electronics capability
4.3. Capabilities to products
4.4. Soligie is focussing on new products
4.5. In June 2007 Soligie installed its roll to roll production line
4.6. The data is stored in the Pharma DDSi carton
5.1. Basic breakeven curve.
5.2. A more realistic breakeven curve
5.3. V curve of maximum enduring profitability with size of business
5.4. The steepening of the V curve as markets mature
5.5. Steep V curve for dairy companies in 1974
5.6. V curve for some airports
5.7. V curve for semiconducting inks
5.8. Experience curve for crushed limestone
5.9. An experience curve for integrated circuit manufacture plotted by BCG
5.10. Extrapolation of historical integrated circuit experience curves showing the unlikelihood of RFID chips at less than one cent selling price at realistic volumes.
5.11. Market growth rate against size vs nearest competitor
5.12. Boston matrix for innovators creating a new market
5.13. Boston matrix for followers
5.14. Boston matrix for printed electronics
5.15. Extent of vertical integration in the printed electronics value chain by giant corporations
5.16. An example of a Bayer printed ac electroluminescent display
5.17. Bayer electroluminescent polycarbonate film
5.18. An innovative luminescent film technology developed by Bayer MaterialScience and the Swiss electronics specialist Lumitec bathes the cockpit of the Rinspeed concept car 'Senso' in a dazzle-free ambient light
5.19. The first series production of the special electroluminescent film was for illuminating the inside of ladies' handbags
6.1. Fund raisings distributed to Printed Electronics sectors since 2008 (in USD million)
7.1. How printed electronics is being applied to products
7.2. Printed Electronics Applications
7.3. Smart iontophoretic skin patches
7.4. Esquire magazine with animated display September 2008
7.5. Plastic Logic E-reader
7.6. T-equaliser animated t-shirt
7.7. XEL-1 by SONY
7.8. Active Matrix OLED Fab ramp-up in 2006/07 - most in East Asia
8.1. Organisation breakdown by country (number)
8.2. Organisation breakdown by country (percentage)
8.3. Organisation breakdown by activity (number)
8.4. Organisation breakdown by activity (percentage)

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