IDTechEx’s recently released report, “Conductive Ink Markets 2012-2018,” is speculating that the conductive ink market will grow to US$3.36 billion in 2018, with the help of a US$2.86 billion market in 2012. These expectations would make conductive inks the most fruitful segment of all printed electronics so far.
Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) replacement holds a broad and varied market and the report notes that there has been a global push to replace the material because of costs and long-term supply concerns. However, over the past few years price fears have been curtailed due to abundant manufacturer’s productions and supply exceeding demand. While ITO does have its drawbacks, IDTechEx advised that it anticipates it remaining the dominant transparent electrode.
Screen printable silver flake conductive inks are expected to hold their domination as the largest market share of all printed conductive inks with crystalline silicon PV being one of the biggest markets. Helping the conductive ink hold its high position is its competitive pricing and performance levels.
The full report and in depth market analysis can be found here.