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Printed Electronics Market : Market Leadership
Printed electronics has gained remarkable popularity in the market. As the name itself suggests, Printed electronics is the fusion of two major industries that is; electronics and printing. The materials used in the printed electronics technology include the inks and the substrates on which these inks are used. Printed electronics technology makes use of conductive as well as dielectric inks. Polymers, glass and paper are the commonly used substrates for developing printed components. The materials used in the printing technology include inks and substrates like organic materials and inorganic materials. E-Ink Holdings (Taiwan) and Vorbeck Materials (U.S.) are two key players in the printed electronics market.
E-Ink Holdings (Taiwan) manufactures Electronic Paper (e-Paper based on Electrophoretic technology) and TFT LCD (Thin Film Transistor based Liquid Crystal Display). The electronic paper is a display technology that design to reduce the impression of ordinary ink on paper. The TFT LCD alternate of LCD that uses TFT technology and image qualities. The applications for TFT LCDs are television sets, computer monitors, mobile phones, handheld video games systems, personal digital assistance, navigation systems and projectors. E-Ink Holdings (Taiwan) was founded in year 1992. The company accounted for many innovations like it was the first to introduce active matrix EPD display. In Japan the company launched EPD e-book with E ink display. The company also provides on-site technology services in America, China, Japan, and Europe. Earlier the company was named as Prime View International but after agreement with E-Ink; it renamed as E Ink Holdings Incorporation.
Vorbeck Materials Corporation (U.S.) is engaged in the production of printing ink. It is into the development of graphene-based materials that are suitable for improving the life cycle of batteries. It is based in the U.S. since 2006. In 2009, the company launched its first commercial graphene based ink, and Vor-ink. The technology used by company is based on single atom thick grapheme sheets. The company has Vor-x in product portfolio; an additive which improves the thermal, mechanical, electrical, dimensional, barrier, UV resistance, and lubricates the properties of elastomers and plastics and these characteristics are very useful in printing electronics. The company also has its research center called Vorbeck Princeton Research Center (VPRC), that conduct research for fundamental graphene and innovative products. The VPRC consist of wet chemical laboratory, analytical, electrochemical, and energy storage test facilities. The company also launched online store to make ease in purchasing of conductive inks and coating for the customers. Vorbeck Materials (U.S.) is the only company to receive the EPA approval for the commercial production and sale of graphene-based products.
Conductive Inkjet Technology (U.K.), E Ink Holdings (Taiwan), NovaCentrix (U.S.), ThinFilm Electronics (Norway), Optomec (U.S.), Dupont (U.S.), and Vorbeck Materials (U.S.) are some of the major companies in the growing market of printed electronics worldwide. The ever increasing popularity of printed electronics due to low cost and ease of manufacturing is encouraging the existing and new startup companies to capture numerous growth opportunities offered by this market.
Printed Electronics Market by Material (Substrates & Inks), Technology (Screen, Gravure, Inkjet & Flexography), Application (Displays, Sensors, OLEDs & PVs), and Geography- Analysis and Forecast to 2013 - 2020
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