Suppliers are now focusing on many emerging and nascent applications, including 3D and in-mold printing.
Dr. Khasha Ghaffarzadeh , IDTechEx Research Director10.19.16
IDTechEx Research analysis showed that the conductive ink business was on the cusp of rapid and comprehensive change. Changing business dynamics has forced many suppliers to change strategy, focusing on many emerging and nascent applications in the hope that some will grow in the future to compensate for the commoditization and/or decline in core markets. In this article, we bring you an update on some of the latest trends and developments. To learn more please refer to Conductive Ink Markets 2016-2026: Forecasts, Technologies, Players.
Narrow Touch Screen Edge Electronics
The perennial trend to narrow the bezel has reduced the L/S (linewidth over spacing) of edge electrodes to 20 µm/20 µm or lower. This has meant that standard screen printing together with standard polymer thick films can no longer meet the performance requirements. In turn, this has ushered in new conductive ink technologies.
First came the photosensitive types with spherical pa
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