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Flexible Electronics - Global Market Trajectory & Analytics

  • ID: 2228033
  • Report
  • January 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 235 Pages
  • Global Industry Analysts, Inc
Digitalization of Healthcare Catalyzed by COVID-19 & Led by Smart Wearables Comes as a Boon for Flexible Electronics. Market to Reach US$ 51.6 Billion

The global market for Flexible Electronics is projected to reach US$ 51.6 billion by the year 2027, trailing a post COVID-19 CAGR of 18.6% over the analysis period 2020 through 2027. Emerging as beneficiaries of the pandemic, health technologies have hit a goldmine of opportunities in a crisis. With COVID-19 underlining the importance of immunity in today's world, spending on health is no longer discretionary. With studies linking exercise to better immunity & low risk of developing COVID-19 complications, fitness routine of people has changed significantly. A key part of the ongoing at-home fitness trend is self-management of active lifestyle where wearables play a major role. Accelerated adoption of telemedicine & remote patient monitoring has additionally come as a double bonanza for wearable technology. Higher costs of treating the patient within the hospital are helping popularize solutions that target at-home and remote care for the patient. Healthcare variables provide a viable solution to keep track of patient vitals. Flexible electronics provide an alternative to beat the challenge of patient non-conformance. Flexible electronics allow the development of flexible components such as flexible displays and sensors which remove form factor and design constraints. The technology has become increasingly important to several end-use sectors such as consumer electronics, automotive, retail and healthcare. The flexible electronics industry is characterized by an intensifying demand for devices that are smaller, lighter and thinner. Recent years have seen industry-leading companies releasing products that incorporate flexible electronics that not only bend and fold to expand capabilities but are also ultra-thin. The ruggedness, portability, light-weight and low cost of production of flexible electronics, when compared to rigid substrates, facilitate its application in components that are integrated into modern smartphones, security tags, human and health performance tools, wearables, and agricultural and environmental sensors among others.

In addition to patient monitoring, flexible circuits are also finding application in multiple applications such as in blister packs and electromechanical test strips. Electromechanical test strips such as diabetic test strips are among the best-known applications of flexible electronics in healthcare sector. Even though the electromechanical test strip market is slowing down due to the advent of advanced continuous monitoring equipment, test strips still command a dominant share and the market is worth billions of dollars per year. E-textiles or smart clothing open up multiple application avenues, including healthcare monitoring. Embedded into textiles, flexible electronics can provide continuous monitoring of the patient. The electronics can be embedded into the clothes worn by the patient as well as into bedsheets and other furnishings with which the patient has frequent contact. Biometric monitoring can be used to segregate patient data from others. Implantable monitoring devices such as cardia monitoring devices are comparable to hospital-based devices in terms of their capabilities and reliability. However, they are expensive and do not have a favorable cost-to-benefit ratio. However, skin patches that can monitor cardiac rhythms are reliable and are also relatively inexpensive, making them ideal for cardiac monitoring. Moreover, such patches can also feature capabilities to monitor other diseases such as respiratory diseases among others. Skin patches are an emerging technology that enable continuous monitoring of patients. Skin patches are electronics that are embedded into the skin of the patients and transmit data continuously while the patients can carry out their regular activities. Even though rigid electronics can also be embedded as skin patches, flexible electronics provide a more comfortable option for patients. Flexible electronics against this backdrop is expected to witness revenues spike by 10.5% in the year 2020.

Flexible electronics have already permeated multiple supply chain and logistics solutions and have proven to be invaluable. However, the presence of flexible electronics in healthcare packaging is relatively low. When paired with healthcare packaging such as blister packaging, flexible electronics hold potential to improve the compliance of patients. Moreover, smart packaging also holds potential to check drug abuse. The present Covid-19 pandemic has increased the stress on telemedicine and remote monitoring of patients as healthcare infrastructure is being dedicated to treat patients afflicted by the virus. As such, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided an indirect boost for healthcare wearables and in turn for flexible electronics. Functional materials in flexible electronic devices are required to possess superior mechanical properties to withstand the strain and geometrical deformation in addition to capabilities such as energy generation, signal sensing, and energy storage. In applications such as wearable and skin?attachable electronics, high adhesion and water resistance are the desired attributes. An ideal substrate material for application in flexible electronics is expected to be less permeable to oxygen and water, dimensionally stable under thermal cycling, offer resistance to chemical attack, rollable, and flexible. Stainless steel, plastic, and glass are three of the most commonly used substrate materials in flexible electronics.

Select Competitors (Total 61 Featured):
  • 3M Company
  • Blue Spark Technologies
  • BrightVolt, Inc.
  • Cymbet Corporation
  • Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
  • E Ink Holdings, Inc.
  • Fujikura Ltd.
  • Japan Display Inc.
  • LG Electronics, Inc.
  • Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. (MFLEX)
  • Nippon Mektron, Ltd.
  • Nitto Denko Corporation
  • Plastic Logic Germany
  • Pragmatic Printing Ltd.
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
  • Thin Film Electronics ASA
  • Zhen Ding Technology Holding Limited (ZDT)
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  • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and Looming Global Recession
  • EXHIBIT 1: Percentage of Companies Impacted by Supply Chain Delays Due to COVID-19 Worldwide as of August 2020
  • Virus Led Economic Recession Impacts Prospects for Industrial Electronics
  • EXHIBIT 2: World Economic Growth Projections (Real GDP, annual % Change) for 2019, 2020 & 2021
  • Printed Electronics to Have Short-term Dip Owing to Covid-19
  • Flexible Electronics Open Up Innumerable Opportunities for Healthcare Wearables
  • Flexible Electronics: An Introductory Prelude
  • Substrate Materials Used in Flexible Electronics
  • Application Segments
  • End-Use Sectors
  • Recent Market Activity
  • Wide Addressable Market Sustains Growth Opportunities
  • Asia-Pacific: An Important Regional Market
  • Developed Regions to Remain Key Revenue Contributors

  • Stretchable Sensors and Electronics Grow in Prominence
  • Material and Design Advancements Enable Stretchable Interconnects in Flexible Circuits
  • New Stretchable Materials Expand Potential of Design Innovations
  • Smart Products Drive Growth of Flexible Hybrid Electronics
  • Flexible Inorganic Bioelectronics: A Rapidly Evolving Field
  • Production of Flexible and Stretchable Inorganic Devices
  • Emerging Innovative Applications in Bioelectronics
  • Growing Role of Electronics in Bioelectronic Medicine Presents New Opportunities
  • Advances in Organic Electronics and Flexible Sensors Extend Application of Flexible Electronics in Soft Robotics
  • Flexible Displays Drive Momentum in the Flexible Electronics Market
  • EXHIBIT 3: Global Displays Market by Type (2018 & 2024): Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Shipments for Conventional Displays and Flexible Displays
  • EXHIBIT 4: Global Flexible Displays Market by Application: 2019
  • OLEDs Emerge as a Key Segment
  • EXHIBIT 5: Global Flexible Display Market by Type: 2018 and 2025
  • E-paper Seeks Role in Flexible Displays Domain
  • Soaring Demand for Advanced Consumer Electronics Accelerates Market Growth
  • EXHIBIT 6: Growing Number of Consumer Electronics Users Bodes Well for Future Market Prospects
  • Smartphones: A Fast Growing Market for Flexible Electronics
  • EXHIBIT 7: Global Smartphone Shipments by Display Technology: 2019 and 2025
  • EXHIBIT 8: Global Smartphone Flexible Displays Market by Type (2022): Percentage Breakdown of Unit Shipments for Curved & Bendable and Foldable Displays
  • EXHIBIT 9: Global Smartphone Sales in Million Units: 2010-2021
  • Other Major Consumer Electronic Markets
  • EXHIBIT 10: Opportunity Indicator: Global PC Shipments (In Million Units) for the Years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 & 2023
  • Expanding Role of Electronics in the Healthcare Sector to Drive Demand
  • Digital Transformation Catalyzed by the Pandemic Provides the Perfect Platform for Growth in the Post COVID-19 Period.
  • EXHIBIT 11: Global Medical Devices Industry (In US$ Billion) for the Years 2000, 2023 & 2025
  • Robust Outlook for Wearables to Benefit Flex Circuit Demand
  • EXHIBIT 12: Global Wearables Shipments (in Million Units): 2014-2022
  • Vital Role of Flexible Sensors in Emerging IoT Applications
  • Exhibit 13: Global Number of IoT Connected Devices (In Billion) for the Years 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022 & 2025
  • Increased Investments on Smart Cities to Generate Opportunities
  • EXHIBIT 14: Global Smart Cities Market Revenues in US$ Billion for the Years 2019, 2021, 2023 and 2025
  • Rising Demand for Portable Devices Drives Flexible Batteries Market
  • Flexible Electronics Seek Role in Automotive Industry
  • EXHIBIT 15: World Automobile Production in Million Units: 2008-2022
  • Flexible PV Technologies Make a Cut
  • Growing Interest on Building Integrated Photovoltaics Augurs Well for Market Growth
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Solar Power Market
  • EXHIBIT 16: COVID-19 Impact on Solar Power Market: Solar PV Installed Capacity (in GW) in China for the Period Q1 2019 to Q1 2020
  • Roll-to-Roll (R2R) Emerges as Viable Processing Technology
  • Key Benefits Offered Drive Deployment of R2R Technology
  • Graphene: A Potent Material for Flexible, Foldable and Stretchable Electronic Devices

  • Market Overview
  • Advancements in Electronics Manufacturing Present Growth Opportunities
  • Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic, Flexible Electronics Set for Bigger Role in the Healthcare Sector
  • Defense Department Exhibits Growing Interest in Flexible Electronics
  • NASA Eyes Flexible Printed Circuits for Future Missions
  • Market Analytics
  • Market Overview
  • Market Analytics
  • Market Overview
  • Flexible Displays: The Dominant Market Segment
  • Rising Wearable Technology Adoption Pushes Demand for Flexible Electronics
  • Market Analytics
  • Market Overview
  • Market Analytics
  • Market Overview
  • Market Analytics
  • Market Overview
  • Established Electronics Sector Extends Opportunities
  • Market Analytics
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Market Analytics
  • Total Companies Profiled: 125
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