Indeed, these emerging technologies enable new processing capabilities where conventional techniques face limitations, in conformality, uniformity or selectivity.
According to Yole’s analysts, the emerging printing equipment market is expected to grow at a 5.8% CAGR for the next five years, to reach $781 million in 2024.
In this dynamic context, the market research and strategy consulting company launches a new dedicated Technology & Market report to give an overview of the emerging printing industry: Emerging Printing Technologies.
In this way, they deliver a complete vision of the printing industry with a dedicate collection of reports including Inkjet Printheads: Dispensing Technologies & Market Landscape, Nano-Imprint Technology Trends for Semiconductor Applications, and Inkjet Functional and Additive Manufacturing for Electronics.
Thus, what are these emerging printing technologies? Inkjet, spray and laser transfer, to name but a few, are driving new momentum in the manufacturing industry.
According to Jérôme Mouly, senior Technology & Market analyst & business developer, Microtechnologies at Yole: The display market is one area where inkjet printing has solved key issues, bringing process flexibility while drastically decreasing end-product cost.
Similarly, aerosol technologies are meeting the challenges of 3D shaped surfaces for shielding or in-mold electronics, where screen-printing faces limitations. Furthermore, future 5G wireless applications bring many challenges, with higher operating frequencies and shrinking systems.
In fact, emerging printing techniques add value most at the technical specification level and by simplifying the supply chain. Some specific market segments require low-volume customized solutions, like the aerospace or defense markets, where flexible tools and in-house development for confidential aspects are requested.
Companies like Nano Dimension or Fujifilm Dimatix provide versatile prototyping solutions and small volume manufacturing tools, enabling complete control over the PCB fabrication process.
Inkjet and spray printing along with microdispensing involve many competing players. Meanwhile, Optomec’s Aerosol Jet products and X-Celeprint’s micro-transfer printing have an interesting position as of 2018. They are the only ones promoting and selling their respective technologies.
“Kateeva is forecast to remain a major player in the inkjet industry,” Giusti said. “It has jump-started inkjet production lines for OLED encapsulation and is moving fast towards OLED RGB (Red-Green-Blue) dispensing. Since display applications represent a major source of revenue, Kateeva will remain a key player in the printed display industry for the foreseeable future”.
Yole analysts expect other large players such as TEL and JOLED to compete with Kateeva in the display market using printing technologies.
The functional spray landscape is also very competitive with many well-established players, especially in Europe, such as Süss MicroTec and EV Group. This technique is set to grow due to its simplicity and low maintenance costs. On the laser technology side, there are only a handful of known players. The Laser-Induced Forward Transfer (LIFT) is one of these disruptive technologies showing already great capabilities for PCB repair; mass transfer technology for display applications is very promising as well: LIFT along with micro-transfer printing are positioning themselves in this highly competitive display equipment market.