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Silver Inks and Pastes Markets: 2014-2021

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This is the latest in NanoMarkets’ ongoing series of industry analysis reports on silver inks and pastes.  In this report we analyze how the changes within the applications for silver inks and pastes have impacted the business and what this means over the coming years.

On the positive side, the solar panel industry is reviving and is much more oriented toward crystalline silicon (c-Si) panels than before the great solar crash.  This is good news for the silver pastes business, because c-Si panels are major consumes of silver.  Silver inks and pastes suppliers also have some reason to be hopeful about the likelihood of large OLED lighting and displays panels finally being commercialized, since silver undoubtedly has a role to play in OLED electrodes.

The negatives for the silver inks and pastes business include the fact that plasma televisions and membrane switches, both which have consumed a considerable amount of silver pastes are phasing out and printed electronics is gradually being abandoned as a viable application by many suppliers.

This report also examines the commercial implications for silver inks and paste markets.  In this year’s report, we place a special emphasis on the replacement of silver by copper in critical applications such as solar panels. We also re-examine the future of silver inks and pastes in the light of the rising Internet-of-Things meme and address whether or not there will there be demand for printed silver used within all those sensors and smart objects.  Finally, we take one more look to see if nanosilver inks will ever make it out of the “research material” category.

In this evolving market environment, this report identifies which market opportunities for silver inks and pastes are likely to be the most important over the next decade.  And as with other NanoMarkets reports, we also include detailed eight-year forecasts in both volume and value terms, with breakouts by application, type of material and type of printing process used.  The report also contains an assessment of the product/market strategies of leading silver inks and pastes firms – both the traditional and the new suppliers that appearing from China and India.

Executive Summary
E.1 The Silver Inks and Pastes Market:  Luck Still Holding
E.2 Thick Film: Signs of Life
E.3 Solar Panel Prospects:  Silver Inks and Pastes Opportunities
E.3.1 Using Less Silver per Panel
E.3.2 Silver and the Future of Thin-Film PV
E.4 Future Revenue Generation for Silver Inks/Pastes from Lighting, Displays, and Sensors
E.5 Key Firms to Watch in the Silver Inks and Pastes Business
E.5.1 Traditional Suppliers: DuPont, Henkel, and Heraeus
E.5.2 Competition from Around the World
E.6 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts for Silver Inks and Pastes
E.6.1 Impact of Silver Prices

Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to this Report
1.1.1 Changes Since the Last Report
1.1.2 Continuing Prospects for Silver Inks and Pastes
1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report
1.3 Methodology of this Report
1.3.1 Data Sources
1.3.2 Forecasting Methodology
1.3.3 Pricing Assumptions and Pricing Trends for Silver Inks and Pastes
1.3.4 General Economic and Policy Assumptions
1.4 Plan of this Report

Chapter Two: Silver Inks and Pastes – Materials, Processes and Suppliers
2.1 Legacy Materials: Thick-Film Pastes and Thin-Film Inks
2.2 Opportunities for Nanosilver Beyond R&D
2.3 Competing Materials
2.3.1 Copper as a Potential Threat
2.3.2 Carbon-based Conductive Inks
2.4 Shifts in Processing and Printing Methods to Meet the Demand of Different Applications
2.4.1 Alternative Printing Methods Hold Onto Niches
2.4.2 Screen Printing Broadens Its Reach
2.5 Key Suppliers of Silver Inks and Pastes
2.5.1 Traditional Silver Materials Suppliers Focus on PV
2.5.2 Offerings from PCB Materials Suppliers
2.5.3 Nanosilver Suppliers Address Challenges
2.5.4 Competition from China and India
2.6 How Changes in Silver Prices Affect the Market for Silver Inks and Pastes
2.7 Key Points from This Chapter

Chapter Three: Photovoltaic Panels: Opportunities and Challenges for Silver Inks and Pastes
3.1 Growth in Crystalline Si Helps Silver Paste Market
3.2 Efforts to Reduce the Amount of Silver in Panels
3.3 How Efforts to Improve Solar Cell Efficiency Affect Silver Paste Suppliers
3.3.1 Changes in Printing Methods
3.3.2 New Solar Cell Designs
3.4 Competing PV Technologies a Potential Threat
3.5 Eight-Year Forecast of Silver Inks/Pastes for PV– by PV Type and Usage
3.6 Eight-Year Forecast of Silver Inks/Pastes for PV – by Type of Materials and Type of Printing Process
3.7 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Four: Displays and Lighting as Markets for Silver Inks and Pastes
4.1 Plasma TVs – a Dying Breed
4.2 Opportunities for Silver in Growing Display Markets
4.2.1 Liquid Crystal Displays
4.2.2 Silver in Touch Displays
4.2.3 What about OLED displays?
4.3 Will OLED Lighting Provide a New Opportunity for Silver Inks and Pastes?
4.4 Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks/ Pastes for Displays – by Display Type and Type of Ink/Paste
4.5 Eight-Year Forecast of Silver Inks/Pastes for Displays – by Type of Printing Process
4.6 Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks/ Pastes for OLED Lighting – by Type of Ink/Paste
4.7 Eight-Year Forecast of Silver Inks/Pastes for OLED Lighting – by Type of Printing Process
4.8 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Five:  Opportunities for Silver Inks/Pastes in Sensors
5.1 Will the IoT be Good for Silver?
5.1.1 Printed Silver in Sensors
5.1.2 Opportunities in RFIDs
5.2 RFID and Sensor Antennas:  Eight-Year Forecast by Type of Ink/Paste
5.3 RFID and Sensor Applications: Eight-Year Forecast by Type of Ink/Paste
5.4 Silver Inks/Pastes for RFID and Sensors by Type of Printing Process
5.5 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Six:  Ongoing Opportunities for Silver Pastes in Thick-Film Electronics
6.1 Thick-Film Opportunities:  Back to the Future
6.2 Trends in Membrane Switches
6.3 Trends in Silver for PCBs
6.4 Other Thick-Film Applications
6.5 Eight-Year Forecast of Silver Inks and Pastes Usage in Thick Film Applications
6.6 Key Points from this Chapter
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report
About the Author

List of Exhibit

Exhibit E-1: Silver Inks and Pastes:  Business Environment and Strategies    
Exhibit E-2: Summary of the Market for Silver Inks and Pastes, by Application 2014-2021    
Exhibit E-3: GRAND TOTAL Summary of the Market for Silver Inks and Pastes, by Ink/Paste Composition and Type 2014-2021    
Exhibit E-4: Summary of the Market for Silver Inks and Pastes, by Printing Method 2014-2021    
Exhibit 2-1: Use of High-Fire and Low-Temperature Silver Pastes, by Application    
Exhibit 2-2: Advantages and Disadvantages of Nanosilver Compared to Conventional Printed Silver    
Exhibit 2-3: Competing Materials to Silver, by Application    
Exhibit 2-4: Silver Ink and Paste Suppliers and Target Applications    
Exhibit 2-5: DuPont Strategy for PV Applications    
Exhibit 3-1: Alternative Technologies to Reduce or Replace Silver in PV    
Exhibit 3-2: Opportunities for Printed Silver in TFPV    
Exhibit 3-3: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in Crystalline Silicon (c-Si) and Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin Layer (HIT) PV    
Exhibit 3-4: Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in TFPV (all types) by PV Technology 2014-2021    
Exhibit 3-5: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in TFPV (all types) 2014-2021    
Exhibit 3-6: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in PV Applications by Printing Method 2014-2021
Exhibit 3-7: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in PV Applications by Ink Type 2014-2021    
Exhibit 4-1: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Displays, by Display Type (2014-2021)    
Exhibit 4-2: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in Displays by Ink Type 2014-2021    
Exhibit 4-3: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in Displays, by Ink/Paste Type and Printing Method (2014-2021)    
Exhibit 4-4: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in OLED Lighting by Ink Type  2014-2021    
Exhibit 4-5: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in OLED Lighting 2014-2021    
Exhibit 5-1: Prospects for Printed Silver in Sensor/IoT Applications    
Exhibit 5-2: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in RFID and Sensors 2014-2021    
Exhibit 5-3: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in RFID Antennas by Ink Type  2014-2021    
Exhibit 5-4: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in Sensors by Ink Type 2014-2021    
Exhibit 5-5: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in RFID Antennas by Printing Method 2014-2021    
Exhibit 5-6: Eight Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes for Sensor Applications 2014-2021    
Exhibit 6-1: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes for Traditional Thick-Film Applications 2014-2021    
Exhibit 6-2: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes for Traditional Thick-Film Applications by Printing Method 2014-2021    
Exhibit 6-3: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in Traditional Thick-Film Applications by Ink Type 2014-2021

Silver-based Inks, Pastes and Antimicrobial Coatings to Reach $7.5 billion by 2021

GLEN ALLEN, Virginia:  n-tech Research has announced the release of a new report titled, "Opportunities for Silver Inks, Pastes and Coatings: 2016 to 2025.  This report continues the firm’s coverage of the silver inks and pastes business that dates back to 2008 and also discusses high-value silver coatings opportunities (especially silver-based antimicrobials) where we see opportunities for firms that traditionally focus on the silver inks and pastes business.

Additional details about the report are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/market_reports/opportunities-for-silver-inks-and-coatings-2016-to-2025

About the Report:

Silver inks and coatings suppliers have been seeking new growth opportunities with the maturation and/or decline of traditional business segments and the fluctuations with the solar power market. In this report, n-tech provides a guide to where these new and revived markets will be found.

The report examines where the opportunities are in traditional markets such as solar panels and PCBs, but also focuses on emerging opportunities such as the rise of the Internet-of-Things and wearables.  Will these markets take over as growth sectors for silver, as traditional PCB markets begin to fade?

Yet, another area that we analyze in this report is the antimicrobial sector.  Silver has long been recognized as a good microbial and the market for silver antimicrobial coatings is being boosted by concerns about hospital acquired infections and resistant microbes.  The question here is whether firms who have been traditionally in the inks and pastes business can transition into antimicrobials. 

As with other n-tech reports, we also include detailed eight-year forecasts in both volume and value terms, with breakouts by application, type of material and type of printing process used.  The report also contains an assessment of the product/market strategies of leading silver inks, pastes and coatings firms.

From the report 

•    Although the “printed electronics revolution” never really happened, there is still plenty of talk about printed electronics, a new breed of jetted is emerging from major firms such as Cabot, Showa Denko, Ulvac and Sun Chemicals.  Several of these firms have offered nanosilver inks in the past, but now seem to be entering the market again with new products.  These inks will find initial markets in niche markets, such as PCB prototyping and chip interposers, as well as R&D.  However, by 2021, revenues from these new inks may reach more than $400 million as they find extensive use in IoT, sensors networks and wearables. 

•    Revenues from antimicrobials using silver are expected to reach $0.9 billion by 2021. The driver here is the rise of microbes resistant to standard antimicrobials and also HAIs. n-tech also sees opportunities in the antimicrobials space stemming from materials innovations including silver nanocomposites and silver antimicrobials that can work on a variety of novel substrates.  For firms from an inks/pastes background the best strategies for antimicrobials are (1) to exploit manufacturing techniques developed in the inks and pastes sector and apply them to antimicrobials, and (2) attack markets such as consumer electronics and wearables. 

•    Traditional thick-film applications will generate more than $3.0 billion in revenues for ink and paste makers in 2021 but with low margins and commoditization it would be no surprise to see the paste business shift to China in the next few years. 

About n-tech:

n-tech Research is the rebrand of NanoMarkets.  Our firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts in advanced materials and novel energy sources. Visit http://www.ntechresearch.com for a full listing of the firm's reports and other services.
 
Contact: 

Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030
rob@ntechresearch.com

posted Sep 07, 2016

NanoMarkets Announces Release of New Report on Silver Inks and Pastes Market

Glen Allen, VA: According to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets the market for silver inks and pastes is projected to be worth $5.7 billion (USD) in 2019.  The report, “Silver Inks and Pastes Markets 2014-2021” analyzes and forecasts the potential for silver inks and pastes in the ever changing photovoltaics, displays, OLED lighting, RFIDs, sensors and traditional thick film applications business segments and continues the firm’s coverage that dates back to 2005.  

Details of the report, including a table of contents are available at http://ntechresearch.com/market_reports/silver-inks-and-pastes-markets-2014-2021

About the Report:

Silver Inks and Pastes Markets 2014-2021 (Nano-727)

This is the latest in NanoMarkets’ ongoing series of industry analysis reports on silver inks and pastes.  In this report we analyze how the changes within the applications for silver inks and pastes have impacted the business and what this means over the coming years. 

This report also examines the commercial implications for silver inks and paste markets.  In this year’s report, we place a special emphasis on the replacement of silver by copper in critical applications such as solar panels. We also re-examine the future of silver inks and pastes in the light of the rising Internet-of-Things meme and address whether or not there will there be demand for printed silver used within all those sensors and smart objects.  Finally, we take one more look to see if nanosilver inks will ever make it out of the “research material” category. 

In this evolving market environment, this report identifies which market opportunities for silver inks and pastes are likely to be the most important over the next decade.  And as with other NanoMarkets reports, we also include detailed eight-year forecasts in both volume and value terms, with breakouts by application, type of material and type of printing process used.  The report also contains an assessment of the product/market strategies of leading silver inks and pastes firms – both the traditional and the new suppliers that appearing from China and India. 

About NanoMarkets:

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging markets in energy, electronics and other area created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts in printed electronics and materials spaces which it has been covering since 2005.

Visit http://www.nanomarkets.net for a full listing of NanoMarkets' reports and other services.

Contact:

Robert Nolan
NanoMarkets
(804) 938-0030
rob@nanomarkets.net

posted Jun 26, 2014

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