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Opportunities for Silver Inks, Pastes and Coatings: 2016 to 2025

  • ID: 3834487
  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • n-tech Research
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This is the latest in a series of industry analysis reports on functional silver inks pastes and coatings. This report identifies the latest opportunities for these materials and the product/marketing strategies that are being deployed by the leading players in this space.

Silver inks and coatings suppliers have been quite lucky in the past.  They were able to ride the consumer electronics boom in the 1960s supply the contact material and then grew through digital era supplying conductive material for the PCBs used in personal computers and then cell phones.  When this opportunity began to fade, silver inks and coatings were able generate large amounts of revenues from the solar panel industry.  However, when the solar panel business crashed a few years back, the luck of the silver inks and coatings sector seemed to have run out.  Things weren’t helped by the virtual disappearance of the plasma TV, another product that used a lot of silver paste.

In the past couple of years, it is believed that the silver inks and coatings sector has been out seeking a new host industry like the ones it could count on in the past. This report provides a guide to where these new and revived markets will be found and where the silver inks and coatings market should look for new business revenue generation in the past:

One area where the report projects a renewed interest in silver pastes and inks is the solar panel industry, which is reviving after the great solar crash and is much more oriented toward crystalline silicon (c-Si) panels than before the solar crash.  This is good news for the silver pastes business, because c-Si panels are major consumes of silver.

The report also examines what the opportunities for silver inks and pastes will be in the light of the rise of the Internet-of-Things and wearables.  Will these markets take over as growth sectors for silver, as traditional PCB markets begin to fade?

Yet, another area that we analyze in this report is the antimicrobial sector.  Silver has long been recognized as a good microbial and the market for silver antimicrobial coatings is being boosted by concerns about hospital acquired infections and resistant microbes.  Silver can be very effective, but in this report we also consider the impact of the new breed of smart antimicrobials (using, for example, peptides) and how silver will both compete with smart antimicrobials and be used as a constituent of such antimicrobials

Finally, the report takes one more look to see if nanosilver inks will ever make it out of the “research material” category.  Over the decade that the publisher has provided coverage of the silver market we have heard many speculations about large emergent markets for nanosilver, but none has emerged.  Do any of these speculations still ring true?

In this evolving market environment, this report identifies which market opportunities for silver inks and pastes are likely to be the most important over the next decade.  And as with other reports, it also includes a detailed eight-year forecasts in both volume and value terms, with breakouts by application, type of material and type of printing process used.  The report also contains an assessment of the product/market strategies of leading silver inks and pastes firms.
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Executive Summary
E.1 Silver-based opportunities in the rapidly growing antimicrobial coatings market
E.2 New directions for silver inks in electronics and sensors: printed electronics to wearables
E.3 Silver inks and paste opportunities in today’s solar panel market
E.4 Are there any opportunities left in traditional thick film markets?
E.5 Innovations in silver printing and coating
E.6 Competition in the silver inks and coatings market
E.6.1 Traditional suppliers
E.6.2 Start ups and new entrants
E.6.3 Six companies to watch in the silver inks and coatings market
E.7 Summary of Ten-Year Market Forecasts for Functional Silver Inks and Coatings
E.7.1 Breakout by application
E.7.2 Breakout by material type

Chapter One  Introduction
1.1 Background to this report
1.1.1 Changes since the last report
1.1.2 Future prospects for silver inks and coatings
1.2 Objectives and scope of this report
1.3 Methodology of this report
1.3.1 Data sources
1.3.2 Forecasting methodology
1.3.3 Pricing assumptions and pricing trends
1.3.4 General economic and policy assumptions
1.4 Plan of this report

Chapter Two: Silver Inks and Coatings - Materials, Processes and Suppliers
2.1 Functional silver: Types and trends
2.1.1 Legacy materials: Thick-film pastes and thin-film inks
2.1.2 Trends in functional silver coatings
2.1.3 Opportunities for nanosilver beyond R&D
2.1.4 Antimicrobial silver coatings
2.2 Competitive inks, pastes and coatings
2.2.1 Copper
2.2.2 Carbon and nanocarbon
2.3 New directions in processing and printing methods
2.3.1 Screen printing broadens its reach
2.3.2 Functional silver and the latest development in coatings
2.3.3 3D printing of functional silver
2.4 Key suppliers of functional silver coatings and inks
2.4.1 Traditional suppliers
2.4.2 Silver and the nanomaterials business
2.4.3 Emerging competition from China and India
2.5 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Three: Opportunities and Challenges for Silver Inks and Coatings
3.1 Photovoltaics
3.1.1 The revival of crystalline silicon: Good news for silver
3.1.2 Flexible PV:  A future opportunity for silver
3.1.3 Efforts to reduce the amount of silver in conventional solar panels
3.1.4 Ten-year forecast of silver inks and pastes for PV - by material type/printing process
3.2 Silver inks and coatings in electronics and related applications
3.2.1 IoT and wearables:  An opportunity for silver?
3.2.2 Other sensor related opportunities for silver
3.2.2 Silver in displays and lighting:  Niche possibilities
3.2.3 Continuing opportunities for silver in traditional electronics:  PCBs, membrane switches, etc.
3.2.4 Ten-year forecast of silver inks and pastes in electronics - by material type/ printing process
3.3 Silver coatings for antimicrobial markets
3.3.1 Hospital acquired infections and resistant microbe strains as a market driver
3.3.2 Silver antimicrobials: Technology directions
3.3.3 Silver and smart antimicrobials:  Threats and opportunities
3.3.4 Health care and non-healthcare markets for silver antimicrobials
3.4 Regulation of silver and nanosilver:  Key trends
3.4.1 Impact on the silver inks and coatings market
3.5 Key points from this chapter

Chapter Four Firms Shaping the Silver Coatings and Inks Market:  Product and Market Strategies
4.1 ANP
4.2 BASF and AkzoNobel
4.3 Clariant
4.4 Creative Materials
4.5 Dow and DuPont
4.6 Henkel
4.7 Heraeus
4.8 InkTec
4.9 Methode
4.10 Microban
4.11 Nolla
4.12 Sun Chemical
4.13 Taiyo Holdings

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