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Thin Film Material Market By Type, End-User Industry and Deposition Processes – Global Trends & Forecast to 2018

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  • March 2014
  • Region: Global
  • 226 Pages
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The thin film material market is anticipated to increase at a healthy rate annually, to reach $10,250 million, by 2018.

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Anwell Solar
  • Avancis Gmbh & Co Kg
  • Cicor Technologies Ltd.
  • Hanergy
  • Kaneka Solar Energy
  • Masdar Pv Gmbh
  • MORE

'Thin Film Material Market By Type (CdTe, CIGS, a-Si, Others), End-User Industry [Photovoltaic Solar Cells, MEMS, Semiconductors and Electrical (Circuit Boards), Optical Coating, Others], and Deposition Processes – Global Trends & Forecast to 2018'

Thin film material are widely used in various industries for one or more applications. They are used in the encapsulation of photovoltaic solar cell, semiconductor and electrical industry for miniaturization of circuit boards. Their major application is in photovoltaic solar cells, which accounts for a majority of their usage, followed by the MEMS, electrical, semiconductor, and optical coating industry.

Of the three main thin film technologies, Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) has been the most successful, as demonstrated by First Solar (U.S.). This success story is now spurred on by increased investment in the sector. Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) is the sector that has received the most funding but has failed to deliver along the expected lines due to encapsulation problems and high capex. Recently, though the capex has decreased and deposition and encapsulation issues have been sorted to an extent, a lot needs READ MORE >

The thin film material market is anticipated to increase at a healthy rate annually, to reach $10,250 million, by 2018.

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Anwell Solar
  • Avancis Gmbh & Co Kg
  • Cicor Technologies Ltd.
  • Hanergy
  • Kaneka Solar Energy
  • Masdar Pv Gmbh
  • MORE

1 Introduction
1.1 Key Take-Aways
1.2 Report Description
1.3 Markets Covered
1.4 Stakeholders
1.5 Research Methodology
1.5.1 Market Size
1.5.2 Key Data Points Taken From Secondary Sources
1.5.3 List Of Secondary Data Sources
1.5.4 Key Data Points Taken From Primary Sources
1.5.5 Assumptions Made For This Report



2 Executive Summary



3 Premium Insights
3.1 Market Segmentation
3.2 Europe – Largest Market
3.3 Asia-Pacific - To Grow At A Significant Pace
3.4 Cdte Technology - The Dominant Type
3.5 Photovoltaic Solar Cell Industry – Growing At The Fastest Rate
3.6 U.S.: Most Dominant Market In Terms Of Market Value
3.7 Most Companies Relied On R&D
3.8 First Solar – The Most Active Player In The Thin Film Materials Market



4 Market Overview
4.1 Introduction
4.2 History Of Thin Film Materials
4.2.1 First Generation Cells
4.2.2 Second Generation Pv Cells Or Thin Films Pv Cells
4.2.3 Third Generation Pv Cells
4.2.4 Fourth Generation Pv Cells
4.3 Types Of Thin Film Materials
4.3.1 Amorphous Silicon (A-Si)
4.3.2 Cadmium Telluride (Cdte)
4.3.3 Cigs (Copper-Indium-[Gallium]-[Di]Selenide-[Di]Sulfide)
4.4 Value Chain Analysis
4.5 Burning Issue
4.5.1 Reduced Investments From Venture Capitalist & Decreased Government Support In Developed Economies
4.5.2 Recycling & Disposal Of Cells & Modules
4.6 Market Dynamics
4.6.1 Drivers
4.6.1.1 High Demand From Current & Emerging Applications
4.6.1.2 Government Policies, Mandates, And Subsidies
4.6.1.3 Advancement In Technology
4.6.1.4 Increasing Demand For Efficiency And Miniaturization
4.6.2 Restraints
4.6.2.1 Low Conversion Efficiency
4.6.2.2 Huge Investment In R&D And Technology
4.6.3 Opportunities
4.6.3.1 Research Initiatives
4.6.3.2 Targets For Renewable Energy
4.6.4 Winning Imperatives
4.6.4.1 Acquisition
4.6.4.2 R&D Activity
4.6.5 Raw Material Analysis
4.6.5.1 Cadmium
4.6.5.2 Copper
4.6.5.3 Indium
4.6.5.4 Gallium
4.6.5.5 Telluride
4.6.6 Pricing Analysis
4.6.7 Market Share Analysis
4.6.7.1 Amorphous Silicon (A-Si)
4.6.7.2 Cadmium Telluride (Cdte)
4.6.7.3 Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide (Cigs)
4.7 Porter'S Five Forces Analysis
4.7.1 Buyers' Power
4.7.2 Suppliers' Power
4.7.3 Threat Of New Entrants
4.7.4 Threat Of Substitutes
4.7.5 Competitive Rivalry Within An Industry



5 Thin Film Material Market, By Technology Type
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Market Analysis, By Technology Type
5.2.1 Cdte To Continue Driving The Thin Film Materials Market
5.2.2 Cadmium Telluride (Cdte)
5.2.2.1 Cdte: Better $/Watt Ratio And Efficiency
5.2.2.2 Market In North America Experiencing Significant Surge
5.2.3 Copper-Indium-Gallium-Diselenide-Disulphide (Cigs)
5.2.3.1 Complex And Costly Manufacturing Process
5.2.3.2 Cigs: Highest Efficiency
5.2.4 Amorphous Silicon (A-Si)
5.2.4.1 Amorphous Silicon: Low Efficiency
5.2.4.2 Low Cost Compared To Other Technology
5.2.5 Other Technologies
5.2.5.1 Several Technologies Of Thin Film Materials Yet To Be Commercialized
5.2.5.2 Higher Efficiency Is The Key Feature



6 Thin Film Materials Market, By End User Industry
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Market Analysis, By End User Industry
6.2.1 Photovoltaic Solar Cell To Continue Driving The Market
6.2.2 Photovoltaic Solar Cell
6.2.2.1 Photovoltaic Solar Cell: Silicon Shortage And Growing Demand For Photovoltaic Will Drive The Market
6.2.2.2 Europe: The Largest Market
6.2.3 Microelectromechnical (Mems)
6.2.3.1 Thin Film Materials Find Wide Usage In The Mems Industry
6.2.3.2 Market Growth Fuelled By Growing End User Mems Industry
6.2.4 Semiconductor & Electrical (Circuit Board)
6.2.4.1 Thin Electrical Circuit Boards Require Thin Film Materials
6.2.4.2 Market Growth Driven: Increasing Demand For Efficiency And Miniaturization
6.2.5 Optical Coating
6.2.5.1 Thin Film Materials Are Widely Used In Anti-Reflective Coating
6.2.5.2 Significant Demand In North American Market
6.2.6 Other End-User Industry
6.2.6.1 Several Applications Utilize Thin Film Materials
6.2.6.2 Demand Driven By Enhanced Usage



7 Thin Film Materials Market, By Deposition Process
7.1 Introduction
7.1.1 Selection Of Deposition Process
7.2 Market Analysis, By Deposition Process
7.2.1 Physical Deposition Process Will Be The Method Of Choice
7.2.2 Chemical Deposition Process
7.2.2.1 Chemical Deposition Process –Used For Materials Which Are Hard To Evaporate
7.2.2.2 Types Of Chemical Deposition Process
7.2.2.2.1 Electroplating
7.2.2.2.2 Chemical Vapor Deposition (Cvd)
7.2.2.2.3 Spin Coating
7.2.2.2.4 Atomic Layer Deposition (Ald)
7.2.2.3 The Chemical Deposition Process Is Not Used In The Deposition Of Multi Element Compounds
7.2.3 Physical Deposition Process
7.2.3.1 Physical Deposition Process – Non-Toxic Process
7.2.3.2 Types Of Physical Deposition Process
7.2.3.2.1 Thermal Evaporator
7.2.3.2.2 Electron Beam Evaporator
7.2.3.2.3 Sputtering
7.2.3.2.4 Pulsed Laser Deposition
7.2.3.2.5 Cathodic Arc Deposition (Arc-Pvd)
7.2.3.3 Physical Deposition Process – Limited To Flat Substrate



8 Thin Film Materials Market, By Geography
8.1 Market Segmentation, By Region
8.2 Market Analysis
8.2.1 Europe To Drive The Thin Film Materials Market
8.2.2 Europe
8.2.2.1 Europe To Continue Being The Dominant Market
8.2.2.2 Superior Structural Properties Of Thin Film Materials Drive Its Market Growth
8.2.2.3 Germany: The Largest Market For Thin Film Materials
8.2.2.4 Germany
8.2.2.4.1 Germany: Most Technologically Advanced Country
8.2.2.4.2 Thin Film Materials Market Is Driven By Demand By The End-User Industry
8.2.2.5 Italy
8.2.2.5.1 Italian Thin Film Materials Market Experiencing Subdued Growth
8.2.2.5.2 Drive For Efficiency Is Fuelling The Market
8.2.2.6 France
8.2.2.6.1 France: Still Recovering From The Euro Crisis
8.2.2.6.2 France: Expected To Have Diminished Growth
8.2.2.7 U.K.
8.2.2.7.1 U.K.: Poised For Better Growth
8.2.2.7.2 U.K. Experiencing Relatively Higher Growth
8.2.2.8 Russia
8.2.2.8.1 Russia: Uncertainty In The Market
8.2.2.8.2 Market Growth To Remain Subdued
8.2.2.9 Rest Of Europe
8.2.2.9.1 Rest Of Europe: Better Economic Conditions
8.2.2.9.2 Rest Of Europe: Market To Grow At A Good Rate
8.2.3 North America
8.2.3.1 Increased Demand For Advanced Materials Drives The Market
8.2.3.2 Rising Demand From End-User Industries
8.2.3.3 U.S. - The Largest Market For Thin Film Materials
8.2.3.4 U.S.
8.2.3.4.1 U.S.: Most Technologically Advanced Country
8.2.3.4.2 Market Is Driven By Demand From End-User Industries
8.2.3.5 Canada
8.2.3.5.1 Canada - Huge Potential For Thin Film Materials Market
8.2.3.5.2 Canadian Market Experiencing High Growth
8.2.4 Asia-Pacific
8.2.4.1 Driven By Thriving Economies
8.2.4.2 Asia-Pacific Market To Grow At A Rapid Pace
8.2.4.3 China Dominates The Market
8.2.4.4 China
8.2.4.4.1 China: Fastest Growing Thin Film Materials Market
8.2.4.4.2 Heavy Capital Expenditure Driving The Growth In China
8.2.4.5 Japan
8.2.4.5.1 Japan Has Still Not Recovered From Natural Disasters And Economic Perils
8.2.4.5.2 Support For Alternative Energy Will Drive The Market
8.2.4.6 India
8.2.4.6.1 India: Emerging Market
8.2.4.6.2 India Has Significant Potential
8.2.4.7 Rest Of Asia-Pacific
8.2.4.7.1 The Region Boasts Of Thriving Economies
8.2.4.7.2 Rest Of Asia-Pacific: Huge Possibility For Growth
8.2.5 The Middle East & Africa
8.2.5.1 Infrastructure Development Prevalent In The Middle East & Africa
8.2.5.2 Market Anticipated To Remain Underdeveloped
8.2.6 Latin America
8.2.6.1 Developing Economies Estimated To Drive Future Growth
8.2.6.2 Latin America Market To Grow At A Significant Pace



9 Competitive Landscape
9.1 Introduction
9.1.1 Company Analysis, By Type
9.1.2 Company Analysis, By Application
9.1.3 Company Analysis, By Region
9.2 Strategic Developments
9.2.1 Acquisition And R&D: Most Preferred Strategic Approach
9.2.1.1 Maximum Developments In 2013
9.2.1.2 Asia-Pacific: The Most Active Region
9.2.1.3 First Solar (U.S.) And Solar Frontier (Japan): The Most Active Participants
9.2.2 Acquisition
9.2.3 R&D Activity
9.2.4 Partnership/Collaboration
9.2.5 Capacity Expansion
9.2.6 Geographic Expansion



10 Company Profiles

(Overview, Financial*, Products & Services, Strategy, And Developments)
10.1 Anwell Solar
10.2 Ascent Solar Technologies Inc.
10.3 Avancis Gmbh & Co Kg
10.4 Cicor Technologies Ltd.
10.5 First Solar Inc. & Company
10.6 Hanergy
10.7 Kaneka Solar Energy
10.8 Masdar Pv Gmbh
10.9 Moser Baer India Ltd.
10.10 Solar Frontier
10.11 Suntech Power Holding Co. Ltd.
10.12 Trony Solar Holding Co. Ltd.

*Details Might Not Be Captured In Case Of Unlisted Companies.



List Of Tables

Table 1 Thin Film History
Table 2 Pros & Cons Of First Generation Cells
Table 3 Pros & Cons Of Second Generation Cells
Table 4 Pros & Cons Of Third Generation Cells
Table 5 Pros & Cons Of Fourth Generation Cells
Table 6 Types Of Thin Film Materials & Their Efficiencies
Table 7 Benefits & Issues Of Amorphous Silica
Table 8 Benefits & Issues Of Cdte Cells
Table 9 Benefits & Issues Of Cigs Cells
Table 10 Comparison Between A-Si, Cdte, & Cigs
Table 11 Technical Performance
Table 12 List Of Bankrupt, Closed, & Acquired Companies, 2010-2013
Table 13 R&D Initiatives, 2010-2013
Table 14 Acquisition, 2013
Table 15 R&D Activity, 2012-2013
Table 16 Country-Wise Production & Reserve Of Cadmium, 2011–2012
Table 17 Country-Wise Production & Reserve Of Copper, 2011-2012
Table 18 Country-Wise Production & Reserve Of Indium, 2011–2012
Table 19 Average Prices Of Thin Film Materials, 2007-2018 ($/Watt)
Table 20 A-Si: Market Share, By Company, 2012
Table 21 Cdte: Market Share, By Company, 2012
Table 22 Cigs: Market Share, By Company, 2012
Table 23 Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Technology Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 24 Thin Film Materials Cdte Technology Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Miilion)
Table 25 Companies Offering Cigs Technology
Table 26 Thin Film Materials Cigs Technology Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Miilion)
Table 27 Thin Film Materials A-Si Technology Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 28 Thin Film Materials Other Technologies Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Miilion)
Table 29 Thin Film Market Materials Value, By End User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 30 Companies Offering Thin Film Photovoltaic Solar Cell
Table 31 Thin Film Materials Photovoltaic Solar Cell Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 32 Thin Film Materials Mems Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 33 Thin Film Materials Semiconductor & Electrical Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Miilion)
Table 34 Thin Film Materials Optical Coating Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 35 Thin Film Materials Other Industries Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 36 Classification Of Thin Film Deposition Techniques
Table 37 Comparison Of Thin Film Deposition Process
Table 38 Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 39 Chemically Deposited Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 40 Physically Deposited Thin Film Material Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 41 Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 42 Major Companies In Europe
Table 43 Europe: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 44 Europe: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 45 Europe: Thin Film Materials Market, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 46 Europe: Thin Film Materials Market, By Country, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 47 Germany: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 48 Germany: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 49 Italy: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 50 Italy: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 51 France: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 52 France: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 53 U.K.: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 54 U.K.: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 55 Russia: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 56 Russia: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 57 Rest Of Europe: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 58 Rest Of Europe: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 59 Companies In North America
Table 60 North America: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 61 North America: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 62 North America: Thin Film Materials Market, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 63 North America: Thin Film Materials Market, By Country, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 64 U.S.: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 65 U.S.: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 66 Canada: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 67 Canada: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 68 Companies In Asia-Pacific
Table 69 Asia-Pacific: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 70 Asia-Pacific: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 71 Asia-Pacific: Thin Film Materials Market, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 72 Asia-Pacific: Thin Film Materials Market, By Country, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 73 China: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 74 China: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 75 Japan: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 76 Japan: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 77 India: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 78 India: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 79 Rest Of Asia-Pacific: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 80 Rest Of Asia-Pacific: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 81 The Middle East & Africa: Thin Film Materials Market, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 82 The Middle East & Africa: Thin Film Materials Market, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 83 The Middle East & Africa: Thin Film Materials Market, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 84 Latin America: Thin Film Materials Market Value, By End-User Industry, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 85 Latin America: Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Type, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 86 Latin America: Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Deposition Process, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 87 Company Analysis, By Type
Table 88 Company Analysis, By Application
Table 89 Company Analysis, By Region
Table 90 Acquisition, 2011-2013
Table 91 R&D Activity, 2012-2013
Table 92 Partnership/Collaboration, 2012-2013
Table 93 Capacity Expansion, 2010-2011
Table 94 Expansion, 2010-2013



List Of Figures

Figure 1 Thin Film Materials: Market Share, By Geography, End-User Industry, & Type, 2012
Figure 2 Thin Film Materials Market Segmentation
Figure 3 Thin Film Materials: Growth Matrix
Figure 4 Thin Film Materials Market Value Trend, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Figure 5 Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Geography & Type, 2012 ($Million)
Figure 6 Thin Film Materials Market Value By End User Industry, 2011-2018
Figure 7 Thin Film Materials Market Value, By Geography, 2012
Figure 8 Competitive Developments, By Type, 2010-2013
Figure 9 Growth Strategies Of Top Five Companies, 2010-2013
Figure 10 Life Cycle Of Thin Film Materials
Figure 11 Amorphous Silicon Cell Structure
Figure 12 Cdte Cell Structure
Figure 13 Cigs Cell Structure
Figure 14 Value Chain For Thin Film Materials Market
Figure 15 Impact Analysis – Drivers, 2013-2018
Figure 16 Energy Payback Time Of Different Thin Film Modules
Figure 17 Government Policies
Figure 18 Impact Analysis – Restraints, 2013-2018
Figure 19 Conversion Efficiency Of Thin Film Materials
Figure 20 Impact Analysis – Opportunities, 2013 2018
Figure 21 Market Share Analysis Of A-Si Thin Film Materials, By Company, 2012
Figure 22 Market Share Analysis Of Cdte Thin Film Materials, By Company, 2012
Figure 23 Market Share Analysis Of Cigs Thin Film Materials, By Company, 2012
Figure 24 Porter'S Five Forces Analysis
Figure 25 Thin Film Materials, By Technology Type
Figure 26 Thin Film Materials Market Value Share, By Technology Type, 2012
Figure 27 Thin Film Materials Market Valueshare, By Technologytype, 2018
Figure 28 Companies Offering A-Si Technology
Figure 29 Thin Film Materials, By End User Industry
Figure 30 Thin Film Materials Market Share, By End User Industry, 2012
Figure 31 Thin Film Materials Market Share, By End User Industry, 2018
Figure 32 Subtypes Of Chemical & Physical Deposition Process
Figure 33 Thin Film Materials Market Share, By Deposition Process, 2012
Figure 34 Thin Film Materials Market Share, By Deposition Process, 2018
Figure 35 Thin Film Materials Market, By Geography
Figure 36 Thin Film Materials Market Share, By Geography, 2012
Figure 37 Thin Film Materials Market Share, By Geography, 2018
Figure 38 Competitive Developments, By Growth Strategy, 2010-2013
Figure 39 Competitive Developments, By Year, 2010-2013
Figure 40 Competitive Developments, By Geography, 2010-2013
Figure 41 Competitive Developments, By Company, 2010-2013
Figure 42 Growth Strategies Of Top 5 Companies, 2010-2013
Figure 43 Acqusition, 2010-2013
Figure 44 R&D Activity, 2010-2013
Figure 45 Partnership/Collaboration, 2011-2013
Figure 46 Capacity Expansion, 2010-2011
Figure 47 Geographic Expansion, 2010-2013
Figure 48 First Solar: Swot Analysis
Figure 49 Moser Baer: Swot Analysis
Figure 50 First Solar: Swot Analysis

The thin film material market is anticipated to increase at a healthy rate annually, to reach $10,250 million, by 2018.

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Anwell Solar
  • Avancis Gmbh & Co Kg
  • Cicor Technologies Ltd.
  • Hanergy
  • Kaneka Solar Energy
  • Masdar Pv Gmbh
  • MORE

The thin film material market is witnessing high growth on account of rising demand from existing and new applications that would become significant in the future, especially in the European region. Europe holds major market share followed by North America and Asia-Pacific. In terms of individual countries, the market is dominated by U.S. due to the constant innovations of thin film materials that help in optimizing and enhancing the present material and processes.

Thin film materials are primarily used in photovoltaic solar cells, MEMS, electrical, semiconductor and optical coating. The photovoltaic solar cells industry is growing at a high rate, while the MEMS industry is experiencing steady growth. The report covers the global market and its trends that concern five regions, namely, Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, The Middle East & Africa, and Latin America; and the major countries in each region such as U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, India, and others.

The research and development cost involved in the thin film materials in terms of man hours, material, and technology is significant. There is a lot of R&D required at the micro level in thin film material to deliver a quality product. The growth in the global market requires constant innovation and the introduction of new and improved products and technologies that meet the requirements. This has contributed largely to an enhanced focus on R&D by the players to bring new products with better efficiency as well as to decrease the cost of production by implementation of new technologies.

The raw material used for thin film materials include cadmium, telluride, copper, indium, gallium, and selenide. Every thin film is unique and the manufacturers use their own set of raw material and ingredients to manufacture these material. Any change in the demand and supply of these raw material could have a impact on the thin film materials industry. The raw material such as copper are easy to source, but metals like cadmium are difficult to source because of their toxic nature. Cadmium was banned in the European Union, but recently the ban was partially revoked, and the usage of cadmium was restricted only to thin film photovoltaic cell. This was done to cash in on the better properties such as, higher efficiency and simple manufacturing method offered by Cdte as a thin film material.

The two kinds of deposition processes used in the manufacture of thin film materials are: chemical and physical. Chemical deposition process produces thin film materials at comparatively higher speed than its physical counterpart. Also it offers greater reproducibility, resulting in increased usage by the companies in this market. But, physical deposition process will grow at a faster pace in the future as it is a low-temperature process, and simpler process as compared to chemical deposition process.

The thin film material market is anticipated to increase at a healthy rate annually, to reach $10,250 million, by 2018.

- Anwell Solar
- Ascent Solar Technologies Inc.
- Avancis Gmbh & Co Kg
- Cicor Technologies Ltd.
- First Solar Inc. & Company
- Hanergy
- Kaneka Solar Energy
- Masdar Pv Gmbh
- Moser Baer India Ltd.
- Solar Frontier
- Suntech Power Holding Co. Ltd.
- Trony Solar Holding Co. Ltd.

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