Conductive Inks and Pastes Markets – New Battlegrounds are Emerging

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new report entitled “Conductive Ink Markets 2016-2026: Forecasts, Technologies, Players“. Conductive inks and pastes remains one of the largest sectors in all of printed electronics. The conductive inks and pastes market will reach nearly $1.7b in 2026 at current metal prices. Micro-sized silver conductive pastes will dominate the market, controlling nearly the entire market in 2016. Silver nanoparticles will however become increasingly competitive, finding use in a range for emerging applications sectors to become an $80m market in 2026.


Copper will remain a comparatively immature technology but will achieve limited success as novel curing systems are installed to open the door to copper ink sales.The solar panel industry will be 1.5 k tonne market in 2016 for screen-printed firing-type conductive pastes. At the paste level, a new group of suppliers will soon come to dominate this business whilst at the powder level the users will force through a more diversified supplier base.

The touch screen edge electrode market will continue its decline. The linewidth-over-spacing (L/S) has decreased to 20/20, pushing screen printing with standard PTFs beyond its limits and opening the door to photocurable pastes. Etching-based techniques will find additional opportunities as the bezel is further narrowed whilst standard PTFs will retain some share in the low-cost end of the market.Sensors such as car occupancy sensors, printed piezoresistive sensors and some versions of glucose sensors will remain a substantial niche market for conductive pastes, as will the automotive sector with its mixed grouping of stagnant traditional and high-growth emerging applications. HF and UHF RFID antenna markets will grow but will see the relative market share of ink types transform over the coming decade. 3D antennas made using aerosol printing will continue gaining traction.

This approach will compete head-on with MID (molded interconnect devices) techniques and will become a substantial player in the consumer electronics market. Metal mesh as an ITO alternative will make slow inroads despite the pending consolidation period in the TCF industry, creating demand for silver nanoparticle used in filling or printing fine lines.New markets will emerge and create new performance requirements. In-mould electronics will demand inks that can stretch and survive the thermoforming/molding process.

Electronic textiles will require inks that are truly stretchable and withstand repeated washing cycles. 3D printed electronics and desktop PCB printers will need the high conductivity and low temperature inks to open vast new prototyping possibilities for 3D printers and circuit designers. All these markets are poised for rapid growth provided technology innovations can satisfy the market pull.Ten-year market projections split by application. Please contact us for the exact values. Note that ink selling prices have declined thanks to a decline in raw metal prices but also pressured margins, resulting in a decrease in our revenue forecasts.

Conductive Ink/Paste Market Report Provides:

1. Ten year market forecasts by technology market share, volume demand and market value in 14 market segments including:

  • automotive
  • touch
  • photovoltaics
  • RFID
  • sensors
  • smart packaging
  • logic and memory, etc.

2. Comprehensive technology assessment, benchmarking and competitive landscaping for silver flake pastes, silver nanoparticle inks, copper nano and flake pastes and inks, graphene and carbon nanotubes, PEDOT, and silver nanowires.

3. Detailed application assessment including dynamics and drivers.

4. Competitive business intelligence on all key industry players including over 50 profiles based on direct interviews and/or visits.

10-year CAGR rates for conductive inks and paste market

Conductive Inks Market

Source: Conductive Ink Markets 2016-2026: Forecasts, Technologies, and Players

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Electronics.ca Publications’ web site.  View the report: Conductive Ink Markets 2016-2026: Forecasts, Technologies, Players.

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