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Thin Film Material Market By Type (CdTe, CIGS, a-Si, Others), End-User Industry [Photovoltaic Solar Cells, MEMS, Semiconductors and Electrical (Circuit Boards), Optical Coating, Others], and Deposition Processes – Global Trends & Forecast to 2018

By: marketsandmarkets.com
Publishing Date: March 2014
Report Code: AD 2284

 

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The thin film material market is expected to grow at a healthy CAGR over the next five years to reach $10,250 million, by 2018. Europe dominates the global market due to high usage of thin film materials in its various end-user industries. Although the European economy has still not recovered from the Euro crisis, it will continue to lead this market, followed by North America and Asia-Pacific.

The factors that drive growth in the thin film material market include high demand from current & emerging applications, increased demand for efficiency & miniaturization, advancement in technology, government policies, mandates, and subsidies. The factors that are providing hindrance in the growth of this market are the low conversion efficiency and huge investments required in R&D and technology.

The increase of concerns stemming from climate change and global warming has drawn the interest of several governments across the world towards renewable and green energy sources. Countries like Germany, India, the U.S., and the U.K. are offering fiscal incentives and schemes to encourage and drive the use of renewable energy. Government subsidies have played a major role in the growth of the solar power industry. Thin film materials offer a solution to this problem as these materials are efficient, effective, and reliable. The ease of miniaturization offered by these materials is one of the important reasons for MEMS industry to increasingly utilize micro components.

Sometimes, the lower efficiency of thin film materials, as compared to their conventional counterparts, restrains their overall growth. The thin film PV cell offers the efficiency between the ranges of 7-20%, which is much lower than that of crystalline PV cells, which have an efficiency of around 24%. The costs of these materials vary according to the size, type, and applications in which these are used. The downtime involved with their implementation and attachment to the already existing systems also causes significant losses to the company. However, the various advantages such as flexibility and ability to work under low light which are offered by thin film materials would continue driving the revenue growth.
The thin film material market is analyzed in terms of revenue ($million) for all regions, and its respective major countries. The revenues from each region have been broken down by the major end-user industries, namely, photovoltaic solar cells, microelectromechnical systems (MEMS), semiconductor, electrical (circuit boards), and optical coating. Also, the types of materials that are identified and included are a-Si, CdTe, and CIGS.

For this report, various secondary sources such as encyclopedia, directories, technical handbooks, company annual reports, industry association publications, world economic outlook, trade websites, and databases have been referred to identify and collect information useful for this extensive commercial study of the thin film material market. The primary sources experts from related industries and suppliers have been interviewed to obtain and verify critical information as well as to assess the future prospects and market estimations.
This report analyzes various marketing trends and establishes the most effective growth strategy in the market. It identifies market dynamics such as the drivers, restraints, opportunities, burning issues, and winning imperatives. Major companies such as Anwell Solar (Hong Kong), Ascent Solar (U.S.), Avancis GmbH & Co. (Germany), Cicor Group (Switzerland), First Soalr (U.S.), Hanergy (China), Kaneka (Japan), Masdar PV(Germany), Moser Baer(India), Solar Frontier (Japan), Suntech Power Co. Ltd. (China), and Trony Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (China) have also been profiled in this report.

Scope of the report

On the basis of regions:

  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Russia
  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • The Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America

On the basis of deposition process:

  • Chemical deposition process
  • Physical deposition process

On the basis of types of thin film materials:

  • Amorphous silica (a-Si)l
  • Cadmium telluride (CdTe)
  • Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS)
  • Others

On the basis of applications:

  • Photovoltaic solar cell
  • MEMS
  • Semiconductor and electrical (circuit board)
  • Optical coating
  • Others

Table Of Contents
 
1 Introduction (Page No. - 19)
  1.1 Key Take-Aways
  1.2 Report Description
  1.3 Markets Covered
  1.4 Stakeholders
  1.5 Research Methodology
      1.5.1 Market Size
      1.5.2 Key Data Points Taken From Secondary Sources
      1.5.3 List Of Secondary Data Sources
      1.5.4 Key Data Points Taken From Primary Sources
      1.5.5 Assumptions Made For This Report

2 Executive Summary (Page No. - 26)
 
3 Premium Insights (Page No. - 30)
  3.1 Market Segmentation
  3.2 Europe – Largest Market
  3.3 Asia-Pacific - To Grow At A Significant Pace
  3.4 CDTE Technology - The Dominant Type
  3.5 Photovoltaic Solar Cell Industry – Growing At The Fastest Rate
  3.6 U.S.: Most Dominant Market In Terms Of Market Value
  3.7 Most Companies Relied On R&D
  3.8 First Solar – The Most Active Player In The Thin Film Material Market
 
4 Market Overview (Page No. - 39)
  4.1 Introduction
  4.2 History Of Thin Film Material 
      4.2.1 First Generation Cells
      4.2.2 Second Generation Pv Cells Or Thin Films Pv Cells
      4.2.3 Third Generation Pv Cells
      4.2.4 Fourth Generation Pv Cells
  4.3 Types Of Thin Film Materials
      4.3.1 Amorphous Silicon (A-Si)
      4.3.2 Cadmium Telluride (CDTE)
      4.3.3 CIGS (Copper-Indium-[Gallium]-[Di]Selenide-[Di]Sulfide)
  4.4 Value Chain Analysis
  4.5 Burning Issue
      4.5.1 Reduced Investments From Venture Capitalist & Decreased Government Support In Developed Economies
      4.5.2 Recycling & Disposal Of Cells & Modules
  4.6 Market Dynamics
      4.6.1 Drivers
            4.6.1.1 High Demand From Current & Emerging Applications
            4.6.1.2 Government Policies, Mandates, And Subsidies
            4.6.1.3 Advancement In Technology
            4.6.1.4 Increasing Demand For Efficiency And Miniaturization
     4.6.2 Restraints
           4.6.2.1 Low Conversion Efficiency
           4.6.2.2 Huge Investment In R&D And Technology
     4.6.3 Opportunities
           4.6.3.1 Research Initiatives
           4.6.3.2 Targets For Renewable Energy
     4.6.4 Winning Imperatives
           4.6.4.1 Acquisition
           4.6.4.2 R&D Activity
     4.6.5 Raw Material Analysis
           4.6.5.1 Cadmium
           4.6.5.2 Copper
           4.6.5.3 Indium
           4.6.5.4 Gallium
           4.6.5.5 Telluride
     4.6.6 Pricing Analysis
     4.6.7 Market Share Analysis
           4.6.7.1 Amorphous Silicon (A-Si)
           4.6.7.2 Cadmium Telluride (CDTE)
           4.6.7.3 Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide (CIGS)
  4.7 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
      4.7.1 Buyers’ Power
      4.7.2 Suppliers’ Power
      4.7.3 Threat Of New Entrants
      4.7.4 Threat Of Substitutes
      4.7.5 Competitive Rivalry Within An Industry

5 Thin Film Material Market, By Technology Type (Page No. - 82)
  5.1 Introduction
  5.2 Market Analysis, By Technology Type
      5.2.1 CDTE To Continue Driving The Thin Film Material Market
      5.2.2 Cadmium Telluride (CDTE)
            5.2.2.1 CDTE: Better $/Watt Ratio And Efficiency
            5.2.2.2 Market In North America Experiencing Significant Surge
      5.2.3 Copper-Indium-Gallium-Diselenide-Disulphide (CIGS)
            5.2.3.1 Complex And Costly Manufacturing Process
            5.2.3.2 CIGS: Highest Efficiency
      5.2.4 Amorphous Silicon (A-Si)
            5.2.4.1 Amorphous Silicon: Low Efficiency
            5.2.4.2 Low Cost Compared To Other Technology
      5.2.5 Other Technologies
            5.2.5.1 Several Technologies Of Thin Film Material Yet To Be Commercialized
            5.2.5.2 Higher Efficiency Is The Key Feature
 
6 Thin Film Materials Market, By End User Industry (Page No. - 95)
  6.1 Introduction
  6.2 Market Analysis, By End User Industry
      6.2.1 Photovoltaic Solar Cell To Continue Driving The Market
      6.2.2 Photovoltaic Solar Cell
            6.2.2.1 Photovoltaic Solar Cell: Silicon Shortage And Growing Demand For Photovoltaic Will Drive The Market
            6.2.2.2 Europe: The Largest Market
      6.2.3 Microelectromechnical (Mems)
            6.2.3.1 Thin Films Materials Find Wide Usage In The Mems Industry
            6.2.3.2 Market Growth Fuelled By Growing End User Mems Industry
      6.2.4 Semiconductor & Electrical (Circuit Board)
            6.2.4.1 Thin Electrical Circuit Boards Require Thin Film Material 
            6.2.4.2 Market Growth Driven: Increasing Demand For Efficiency And Miniaturization
      6.2.5 Optical Coating
            6.2.5.1 Thin Film Materials Are Widely Used In Anti-Reflective Coating
            6.2.5.2 Significant Demand In North American Market
      6.2.6 Other End-User Industry
            6.2.6.1 Several Applications Utilize Thin Film Material 
            6.2.6.2 Demand Driven By Enhanced Usage
     
7 Thin Film Materials Market, By Deposition Process (Page No. - 109)
  7.1 Introduction
      7.1.1 Selection Of Deposition Process
  7.2 Market Analysis, By Deposition Process
      7.2.1 Physical Deposition Process Will Be The Method Of Choice
      7.2.2 Chemical Deposition Process
            7.2.2.1 Chemical Deposition Process –Used For Materials Which Are Hard To Evaporate
            7.2.2.2 Types Of Chemical Deposition Process
                    7.2.2.2.1 Electroplating
                    7.2.2.2.2 Chemical Vapor Deposition (Cvd)
                    7.2.2.2.3 Spin Coating
                    7.2.2.2.4 Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD)
            7.2.2.3 The Chemical Deposition Process Is Not Used In The Deposition Of Multi Element Compounds
      7.2.3 Physical Deposition Process
            7.2.3.1 Physical Deposition Process – Non-Toxic Process
            7.2.3.2 Types Of Physical Deposition Process
                    7.2.3.2.1 Thermal Evaporator
                    7.2.3.2.2 Electron Beam Evaporator
                    7.2.3.2.3 Sputtering
                    7.2.3.2.4 Pulsed Laser Deposition
                    7.2.3.2.5 Cathodic Arc Deposition (ARC-PVD)
            7.2.3.3 Physical Deposition Process – Limited To Flat Substrate

8 Thin Film Materials Market, By Geography (Page No. - 124)
  8.1 Market Segmentation, By Region
  8.2 Market Analysis
      8.2.1 Europe To Drive The Thin Film Material Market
      8.2.2 Europe
            8.2.2.1 Europe To Continue Being The Dominant Market
            8.2.2.2 Superior Structural Properties Of Thin Films Materials Drive Its Market Growth
            8.2.2.3 Germany: The Largest Market For Thin Film Materials 
            8.2.2.4 Germany
                    8.2.2.4.1 Germany: Most Technologically Advanced Country
                    8.2.2.4.2 Thin Film Material Market Is Driven By Demand By The End-User Industry
            8.2.2.5 Italy
                    8.2.2.5.1 Italian Thin Film Materials Market Experiencing Subdued Growth
                    8.2.2.5.2 Drive For Efficiency Is Fuelling The Market
            8.2.2.6 France
                    8.2.2.6.1 France: Still Recovering From The Euro Crisis
                    8.2.2.6.2 France: Expected To Have Diminished Growth
            8.2.2.7 U.K.
                    8.2.2.7.1 U.K.: Poised For Better Growth
                    8.2.2.7.2 U.K. Experiencing Relatively Higher Growth
            8.2.2.8 Russia
                    8.2.2.8.1 Russia: Uncertainty In The Market
                    8.2.2.8.2 Market Growth To Remain Subdued
            8.2.2.9 Rest Of Europe
                    8.2.2.9.1 Rest Of Europe: Better Economic Conditions
                    8.2.2.9.2 Rest Of Europe: Market To Grow At A Good Rate
      8.2.3 North America
            8.2.3.1 Increased Demand For Advanced Materials Drives The Market
            8.2.3.2 Rising Demand From End-User Industries
            8.2.3.3 U.S. - The Largest Market For Thin Film Materials
            8.2.3.4 U.S.
                    8.2.3.4.1 U.S.: Most Technologically Advanced Country
                    8.2.3.4.2 Market Is Driven By Demand From End-User Industries
            8.2.3.5 Canada
                    8.2.3.5.1 Canada - Huge Potential For Thin Film Materials Market
                    8.2.3.5.2 Canadian Market Experiencing High Growth
      8.2.4 Asia-Pacific
            8.2.4.1 Driven By Thriving Economies
            8.2.4.2 Asia-Pacific Market To Grow At A Rapid Pace
            8.2.4.3 China Dominates The Market
            8.2.4.4 China
                    8.2.4.4.1 China: Fastest Growing Thin Films Materials Market
                    8.2.4.4.2 Heavy Capital Expenditure Driving The Growth In China
            8.2.4.5 Japan
                    8.2.4.5.1 Japan Has Still Not Recovered From Natural Disasters And Economic Perils
                    8.2.4.5.2 Support For Alternative Energy Will Drive The Market
            8.2.4.6 India
                    8.2.4.6.1 India: Emerging Market
                    8.2.4.6.2 India Has Significant Potential
                    8.2.4.7 Rest Of Asia-Pacific
                            8.2.4.7.1 The Region Boasts Of Thriving Economies
                            8.2.4.7.2 Rest Of Asia-Pacific: Huge Possibility For Growth
      8.2.5 The Middle East & Africa
            8.2.5.1 Infrastructure Development Prevalent In The Middle East & Africa
            8.2.5.2 Market Anticipated To Remain Underdeveloped
      8.2.6 Latin America
            8.2.6.1 Developing Economies Estimated To Drive Future Growth
            8.2.6.2 Latin America Market To Grow At A Significant Pace
     
9 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 178)
  9.1 Introduction
      9.1.1 Company Analysis, By Type
      9.1.2 Company Analysis, By Application
      9.1.3 Company Analysis, By Region
  9.2 Strategic Developments
      9.2.1 Acquisition And R&D: Most Preferred Strategic Approach
            9.2.1.1 Maximum Developments In 2013
            9.2.1.2 Asia-Pacific: The Most Active Region
            9.2.1.3 First Solar (U.S.) And Solar Frontier (Japan): The Most Active Participants
      9.2.2 Acquisition
      9.2.3 R&D Activity
      9.2.4 Partnership/Collaboration
      9.2.5 Capacity Expansion
      9.2.6 Geographic Expansion

10 Company Profiles (Overview, Financial*, Products & Services, Strategy, And Developments)  (Page No. - 198)
   10.1 Anwell Solar
   10.2 Ascent Solar Technologies Inc.
   10.3 Avancis Gmbh & Co Kg
   10.4 Cicor Technologies Ltd.
   10.5 First Solar Inc. & Company
   10.6 Hanergy
   10.7 Kaneka Solar Energy
   10.8 Masdar Pv Gmbh
   10.9 Moser Baer India Ltd.
   10.1 Solar Frontier
   10.11 Suntech Power Holding Co. Ltd.
   10.12 Trony Solar Holding Co. Ltd. *Details Might Not Be Captured In Case Of Unlisted Companies. 
 
List Of Tables  (94 Tables)
   
Table 1 Thin Film History
Table 2 Pros & Cons Of First Generation Cells
Table 3 Pros & Cons Of Second Generation Cells
Table 4 Pros & Cons Of Third Generation Cells
Table 5 Pros & Cons Of Fourth Generation Cells
Table 6 Types Of Thin Film Materials & Their Efficiencies
Table 7 Benefits & Issues Of Amorphous Silica
Table 8 Benefits & Issues Of CDTE Cells
Table 9 Benefits & Issues Of CIGS Cells
Table 10 Comparison Between A-Si, CDTE, & CIGS
Table 11 Technical Performance
Table 12 List Of Bankrupt, Closed, & Acquired Companies, 2010-2013
Table 13 R&D Initiatives, 2010-2013
Table 14 Acquisition, 2013
Table 15 R&D Activity, 2012-2013
Table 16 Country-Wise Production & Reserve Of Cadmium, 2011–2012
Table 17 Country-Wise Production & Reserve Of Copper, 2011-2012
Table 18 Country-Wise Production & Reserve Of Indium, 2011–2012
Table 19 Average Prices Of Thin Film Materials, 2007-2018 ($/Watt)
Table 20 A-Si: Market Share, By Company, 2012
Table 21 CDTE: Market Share, By Company, 2012
Table 22 CIGS: Market Share, By Company, 2012
Table 23 Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Technology Type, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 24 Thin Film Materials CDTE Technology Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Miilion) 
Table 25 Companies Offering CIGS Technology
Table 26 Thin Film Material CIGS Technology Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Miilion) 
Table 27 Thin Films Materials A-Si Technology Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 28 Thin Film Materials Other Technologies Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Miilion) 
Table 29 Thin Film Market Materials Value, By End User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 30 Companies Offering Thin Film Photovoltaic Solar Cell
Table 31 Thin Films Materials Photovoltaic Solar Cell Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 32 Thin Film Material Mems Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 33 Thin Film Materials Semiconductor & Electrical Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Miilion)
Table 34 Thin Films Materials Optical Coating Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 35 Thin Film Material Other Industries Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 36 Classification Of Thin Film Deposition Techniques
Table 37 Comparison Of Thin Film Deposition Process
Table 38 Thin Film Material Market Value, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 39 Chemically Deposited Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 40 Physically Deposited Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 41 Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 42 Major Companies In Europe
Table 43 Europe: Thin Film Material Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 44 Europe: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 45 Europe: Thin Film Material Market, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 46 Europe: Thin Film Materials Market, By Country, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 47 Germany: Thin Film Material Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 48 Germany: Thin Films Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 49 Italy: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 50 Italy: Thin Films Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 51 France: Thin Film Material Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 52 France: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 53 U.K.: Thin Film Material Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 54 U.K.: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 55 Russia: Thin Films Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 56 Russia: Thin Film Material Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 57 Rest Of Europe: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 58 Rest Of Europe: Thin Film Material Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 59 Companies In North America
Table 60 North America: Thin Film Material Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 61 North America: Thin Films Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 62 North America: Thin Film Material Market, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 63 North America: Thin Film Materials Market, By Country, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 64 U.S.: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 65 U.S.: Thin Films Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 66 Canada: Thin Film Material Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 67 Canada: Thin Films Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 68 Companies In Asia-Pacific
Table 69 Asia-Pacific: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 70 Asia-Pacific: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 71 Asia-Pacific: Thin Films Materials Market, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 72 Asia-Pacific: Thin Film Material Market, By Country, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 73 China: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 74 China: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 75 Japan: Thin Films Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 76 Japan: Thin Film Material Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 77 India: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 78 India: Thin Film Material Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 79 Rest Of Asia-Pacific: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 80 Rest Of Asia-Pacific: Thin Film Material Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 81 The Middle East & Africa: Thin Film Material Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 82 The Middle East & Africa: Thin Films Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 83 The Middle East & Africa: Thin Film Material Market, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 84 Latin America: Thin Film Materials Market Value, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 85 Latin America: Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 86 Latin America: Thin Film Material Market Value, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Table 87 Company Analysis, By Type
Table 88 Company Analysis, By Application
Table 89 Company Analysis, By Region
Table 90 Acquisition, 2011-2013
Table 91 R&D Activity, 2012-2013
Table 92 Partnership/Collaboration, 2012-2013
Table 93 Capacity Expansion, 2010-2011
Table 94 Expansion, 2010-2013   
 


List Of Figures  (50 Figures)
 
Figure 1 Thin Films Materials: Market Share, By Geography, End-User Industry, & Type, 2012
Figure 2 Thin Film Materials Market Segmentation
Figure 3 Thin Film Materials: Growth Matrix
Figure 4 Thin Films Materials Market Value Trend, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million) 
Figure 5 Thin Film Material Market Value, By Geography & Type,2012 ($Million) 
Figure 6 Thin Films Materials Market Value By End User Industry, 2011-2018 
Figure 7 Thin Film Material Market Value, By Geography, 2012
Figure 8 Competitive Developments, By Type, 2010-2013
Figure 9 Growth Strategies Of Top Five Companies, 2010-2013
Figure 10 Life Cycle Of Thin Film Materials
Figure 11 Amorphous Silicon Cell Structure
Figure 12 CDTE Cell Structure
Figure 13 CIGS Cell Structure
Figure 14 Value Chain For Thin Film Materials Market
Figure 15 Impact Analysis – Drivers, 2013-2018
Figure 16 Energy Payback Time Of Different Thin Film Modules
Figure 17 Government Policies
Figure 18 Impact Analysis – Restraints, 2013-2018
Figure 19 Conversion Efficiency Of Thin Film Materials
Figure 20 Impact Analysis – Opportunities, 2013 2018
Figure 21 Market Share Analysis Of A-Si Thin Film Materials, By Company, 2012 
Figure 22 Market Share Analysis Of CDTE Thin Film Material, By Company, 2012 
Figure 23 Market Share Analysis Of CIGS Thin Film Materials, By Company, 2012 
Figure 24 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
Figure 25 Thin Film Materials, By Technology Type
Figure 26 Thin Film Materials Market Value Share, By Technology Type, 2012
Figure 27 Thin Film Material Market Valueshare, By Technologytype, 2018
Figure 28 Companies Offering A-Si Technology
Figure 29 Thin Film Materials, By End User Industry
Figure 30 Thin Film Materials Market Share, By End User Industry, 2012
Figure 31 Thin Films Material Market Share, By End User Industry, 2018
Figure 32 Subtypes Of Chemical & Physical Deposition Process
Figure 33 Thin Film Material Market Share, By Deposition Process, 2012
Figure 34 Thin Film Materials Market Share, By Deposition Process, 2018
Figure 35 Thin Films Materials Market, By Geography
Figure 36 Thin Film Material Market Share, By Geography, 2012
Figure 37 Thin Films Materials Market Share, By Geography, 2018
Figure 38 Competitive Developments, By Growth Strategy, 2010-2013
Figure 39 Competitive Developments, By Year, 2010-2013
Figure 40 Competitive Developments, By Geography, 2010-2013
Figure 41 Competitive Developments, By Company, 2010-2013
Figure 42 Growth Strategies Of Top 5 Companies, 2010-2013
Figure 43 Acqusition, 2010-2013
Figure 44 R&D Activity, 2010-2013
Figure 45 Partnership/Collaboration, 2011-2013
Figure 46 Capacity Expansion, 2010-2011
Figure 47 Geographic Expansion, 2010-2013
Figure 48 First Solar: Swot Analysis
Figure 49 Moser Baer: Swot Analysis
Figure 50 First Solar: Swot Analysis

The thin film material market is witnessing high growth on account of rising demand from existing and new applications that would become significant in the future, especially in the European region. Europe holds major market share followed by North America and Asia-Pacific. In terms of individual countries, the market is dominated by U.S. due to the constant innovations of thin film materials that help in optimizing and enhancing the present material and processes.

The thin film material market is anticipated to increase at a healthy rate annually, to reach $10,250 million, by 2018. These materials are primarily used in photovoltaic solar cells, MEMS, electrical, semiconductor and optical coating. The photovoltaic solar cells industry is growing at a high rate, while the MEMS industry is experiencing steady growth. The report covers the global market and its trends that concern five regions, namely, Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, The Middle East & Africa, and Latin America; and the major countries in each region such as U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, India, and others.

The research and development cost involved in the thin film materials in terms of man hours, material, and technology are significant. There is a lot of R&D required at micro level to deliver a quality product. The growth in the global market requires constant innovation and the introduction of new and improved products and technologies that meet the requirements. This has contributed largely to an enhanced focus on R&D by the players to bring new products with better efficiency as well as to decrease the cost of production by implementation of new technologies.

The raw material used for thin film materials include cadmium, telluride, copper, indium, gallium, and selenide. Every thin film is unique and the manufacturers use their own set of raw material and ingredients to manufacture these material. Any change in the demand and supply of these raw materials could have an impact on the global industry. The raw materials such as copper are easy to source, but metals like cadmium are difficult to source because of their toxic nature. Cadmium was banned in the European Union, but recently the ban was partially revoked, and the usage of cadmium was restricted only to thin film photovoltaic cell. This was done to cash in on the better properties such as, higher efficiency and simple manufacturing method offered by Cdte as a thin film material.

Thin Film Materials Market Share, By Region, 2012

Thin Film Material Market

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The two kinds of deposition processes used in the manufacture of thin film materials are: chemical and physical. Chemical deposition process produces these materials at comparatively higher speed than its physical counterpart. Also it offers greater reproducibility, resulting in increased usage by the companies in this market. But, physical deposition process will grow at a faster pace in the future as it is a low-temperature process, and simpler process as compared to chemical deposition process.

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