Core applications of PV and touch panels are growing, but wearables, circuit boards and structural electronics are emerging.
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx09.16.15
The new IDTechEx Research report Conductive Ink Markets 2015-2025: Forecasts, Technologies, Players finds that the market for conductive inks and pastes will reach $2.8 billion in 2020, and thereafter $3 billion in 2025.
The photovoltaic market has traditionally dominated the conductive paste market. Here, firing type silver pastes are screen printed atop billions of photovoltaic silicon wafers. The PV market experienced a drastic consolidation period between 2007 and 2014, causing the paste market to dip and also to consolidate. Growth is however now back in the underlying PV sector, causing volume demand to grow despite the gradual annual decline in silver content per wafer.
The touch screen market is growing even though the uptake of large-sized touch has lagged expectation. Here, low temperature silver pastes are screen printed as the edge electrodes. A big trend is towards narrowing the bezel even more in order to make thinner bezels around screens which consumers desire. Th
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