Opportunities Analysis for Printed Electronics 2009-2015 and Beyond: A Global Market and Technology Review

Date: July 23, 2010
Pages: 213
US$ 1,250.00
Publisher: BPA Consulting Ltd
Report type: Strategic Report
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Opportunities Analysis for Printed Electronics 2009-2015 and Beyond: A Global Market and Technology Review
Why Is this Study so Important?
  • This report summarises the major PE technology and market trends worldwide.
  • The report quantifies the opportunity in over a dozen major market sectors.
  • The report identifies the risks reward and challenges for several applications that will demand PE solutions.
The major questions that are answered by this report:
  • What are the key systems requiring new and improved technologies?
  • What are the growth drivers for PE subassemblies and materials?
  • What are the key emerging leading technology solutions required in this sector?
  • What are these new technologies strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?
  • What are the differences in the technological approaches adopted by different suppliers in different world regions?
  • How will the development of electronic systems impact upon future requirements for PE technology?
  • What are the current and forecasted worldwide market opportunities for various materials components and systems utilising PE technology.
Study Background

In this report BPA attempts to provide a candid view on the opportunities and challenges that exist in the industry today. Its objective is to help organizations decide which of the many opportunities they could focus on depending on their competences, skills and technology platforms. BPA identifies the most attractive market from the perspective of potential revenue, easy of technological challenges, complexity of the value/supply chain amongst others.

BPA has chosen to evaluate the opportunities in this technology sector as many of the materials (though not all) and fabrication techniques are similar to those used in the worldwide printed circuit board (PCB) industry.

Much work has been carried to improve material properties, e.g. solar efficiency in the case of Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) cells, and charge mobility in the case of semiconductor materials. However the return on investment from improving the physical electrical and chemical properties comes with the demonstration and realization of sub-assemblies and products that are desirable to the consumer and retail environments in particular. In the opinion of BPA this industry has some way to go before it meets a maturity level or a high level of confidence in the various technologies promised for the realization of multi-billion dollar industries.

A major objective of this report is to deliver to the reader a clear idea, through the ranking of KPI, of the most attractive markets. These may not be the biggest or the most challenging but the report will help the undecided which potential sections of the PE industry they should focus upon.

Future Opportunities




Existing Applications
New Markets for PE Technologies


Ink Jetting
Gravure Printing
Litho Printing
Flexo Printing
Screen Printing
Spin Coating
Vapour Deposition
Thermal Ablation


Substrate Materials
Barrier Materials
Conducting Materials
Semiconducting Polymers
Non-Conducting Materials
Organic Light Emitting Polymers (OLEP)
E-Ink and Alternatives


Semiconducting Materials
Display Technology
Conducting Materials
Conductive Materials
Barrier Films
Lighting Materials


OLED Displays
Solid State Lighting (SSL)
Sensor Technologies
RF-ID and Smart Labels
Smart Fabrics and Textiles
Market Opportunities Summary


Analysis Matrices
Summary of Results of the Analysis
APPENDIX 1 – Applications
APPENDIX 2 – Technologies Competing with E-Ink
APPENDIX 3 – Wearable Computer
APPENDIX 4 – Overview of Some Key Players


1.1 Summary of Key Drivers of Printable Electronics
1.2 Summary Comparison of PE Printing Methods
1.3 RF-ID Printable ICs Technology Progression
1.4 Antenna Technology Progression
1.5 Printable Battery Technology Progress
1.6 Smart Label Technology Progress
1.7 Electronic Labels and Tags Technology Progress
1.8 Applications for PE Solar Cells
2.1 Plastic Electronics Key Players 2-3
3.1 Applications Using Printed Electronics
3.2 Key Sub Assembly Developers and Suppliers
3.3 Applications for PE Solar Cells
3.4 Features and Advantages of Battery-Assisted Labels
4.1 Breakdown of Screen Printing Inks
4.2 Suggested Snap Off for Various Screen Sizes
4.3 Dry Print Thicknesses with Different Screen Meshes
4.4 Summary Comparison of PE Printing Methods
5.1 Potential Substrate Materials for Flexible Displays and PE PV
5.2 PV Cell and OLED Carrier Film Requirements
5.3 Comparison of PET and PEN Properties
5.4 Mobilities of Candidate Organic Materials
5.5 Comparison of Mobilities of Semiconducting Materials
5.6 PE Organic Semiconductor Constructions PE Semiconductor Constructions
5.7 Power Paper’s Standard Cells
7.6 Production of Medium Area OLED Displays by Application (Thousand Units)
7.7 Production of Medium Area OLED Displays by Application ($ Millions)
7.8 Production of E-Readers EDF Displays by Volume (Units Millions) by Region
7.9 Production of E-Readers EDF Displays by Volume (Units Millions) by Substrate
7.10 Production of E-Readers EDF Displays by Volume (Units Millions) by Fabrication Method
7.11 Production of E-Readers EDF Displays by Volume ($ Millions) by Region
7.12 Production of E-Readers EDF Displays by Volume ($ Millions) by Substrate
7.13 Production of E-Readers EDF Displays by Volume ($ Millions) by Fabrication Method
7.14 Production of Other EDF Displays by Volume (Units Millions) by Application
7.15 Production of Other EDF Displays by Value ($ Millions) by Application
7.16 OLED Lighting ($ Millions)
7.17 World PV Production by Technology
7.18 World PV Production by Application
7.19 Sensors and Actuator Manufacture by Application ($ Millions)
7.20 Worldwide Demand for Smart Printable Labels (Volume)
7.21 Worldwide Demand for Smart Printable Labels (Value)
7.22 RFID Demand by Sector (Millions Units)
7.23 RFID Demand by Sector ($ Millions)
7.24 Smart Fabric/Interactive Textiles for Biomonitoring (Millions Units)
7.25 Smart Fabric/Interactive Textiles for Biomonitoring ($ Millions)
7.26 Final Materials Forecast 2009 ($ Millions)
8.1 Printed Electronics Market Opportunity Analysis 8-5


1.1 Total PE World Values ($ Millions)
1.2 Barrier Properties for OLED Displays
2.1 PE Value Chain
3.1 Samsung A877 Mobile Handset
3.2 Digital Media Player Employing AMOLED Technology
3.3 Intel Laptop Concept Using OLED Displays
3.4 E-Readers
3.5 Polymer Vision’s Readius
3.6 Esquire Limited Edition E-Ink Display and Drivers
3.7 Samsung Blue Earth Handset Including Solar Cells
3.8 Drivers for Ami Technology
3.9 BIPV
3.10 Flexible PV Power Source
3.11 Technology Needs for FutureWearable Systems
3.12 White OLED on a HC Stark Clevios PH510 PEDOT Layer
3.13 PV Technology Incorporated in Sports Wear
4.1 Continuous Inkjet Printing Process
4.2 Drop-on-Demand Inkjetting
4.3 Gravure Printing Process
4.4 The Litho Printing Process
4.5 Flexographic Printing
4.6 Screen Printing
4.7 Spin Coating
5.1 Moisture Permeability of Barrier Materials for OLED Displays
5.2 Bridgestone’s Prototype E-Paper
5.3 PV and POLED Construction Comparison
5.4 Schematic of a Tandem Polymer Solar Cell
5.5 Structure of an Organic EL Device
5.6 Osram’s White 46 Im/W Lighting OLED
5.7 OLED Structures
5.8 E-Inks Microcapsule Technology
5.9 Motorola Motophone
5.10 Microcup Construction
5.11 Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Process
5.12 Microcup E-Paper
6.1 iPod Touch and iPhone
6.2 Relation of Transmittance and Sheet Resistance in Conductive Polymer Used
6.3 Coated ITO Facilitates Transmittance
6.4 PV Front Grid Electrodes
6.5 Conductive Ink Used in a Novelty Game
6.6 Sharp’s Triple Junction Compound Solar Cell
6.7 Barrier Requirements by Application
6.8 Relative Merits of LED, OLED and Incandescent Lighting
6.9 OLED Architectural Lighting
6.10 Various Lighting Technologies Luminous Efficiency
6.11 The Influence of Substrate Size on OLED Manufacturing Costs
6.12 OLED Manufacturing Cost Roadmap
6.13 The Relationship between Luminance and Manufacturing Costs
6.14 Acurity Brands OLED Lighting Needs Analysis
7.1 Mobile Phone Shipments
7.2 Worldwide Shipments of PCs and Notebook Computers
7.3 World PV Production 2000-2015 (MW)
7.4 Smart Card Demonstrator with a Flexible Display
7.5 Smart Jacket Including Textile Sensors
7.6 Total PE World Value (US$ Millions)
8.1 NASA Technology Readiness Levels 8-2
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