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Manufacturing Innovations for Flexible Electronics

  • ID: 4225622
  • Report
  • April 2017
  • Region: Global
  • 58 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
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Innovation Landscape Across the Globe Accelerating Developments in Manufacturing Flexible Electronics Cost Effectively


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  • Polyera
  • University of Minnesota
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The flexible electronics (FE) industry is witnessing enthusiastic participation from various stakeholders who are introducing diverse enabling technologies which in turn are propelling the growth of FE industry. With the convergence of such enabling technologies, FE is expected to grow into a key technology sector with immense potential. The next-generation semiconductor technology, which is currently in its infancy, is expected to find applications in major industries, such as consumer electronics, healthcare, and photovoltaics. With its potential to be integrated with many industries, manufacturing FE is expected to be the next major job creating technology thus harnessing immense interest from government and legislative bodies.

Key factors that are decreasing the potential for FE are advancement in material sciences and manufacturing processes that are unable to meet cost-performance demand. Constraints in development in this sector are mainly due to lack of standardized tools, an industry-accepted manufacturing technique, integration, and maintenance standards.

Manufacturing techniques for FE need standardization and further capital intensive research initiatives to accelerate the market adoption of FE products. This requires developing a scalable manufacturing process that focuses more on process control which reduces production cost and enables product variability.

Major stakeholders involved in the FE industry are actively encouraged by government bodies, thus making the innovation landscape highly effective. APAC and North America (NA) are witnessing an active innovation scenario focusing on niche areas in the FE industry while the European Union (EU) has a broader focus ranging from manufacturing to differentiated product developments.

This technology report captures manufacturing innovations that enables production of cost-effective flexible electronics products.

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1. Executive Summary
1.1 Research Scope
1.2 Research Methodology
1.2.1 Research Methodology Explained
1.3 Key Findings - Significance, R&D Focus Areas, and Applications
1.4 Key Findings - Global Challenges and Scenario, Industry Initiatives

2. Introduction to Flexible Electronics
2.1 What is Flexible Electronics?

3. Industry Trends
3.1 Introduction to Industry Trend Analysis
3.2 Advanced Material Development Enabling Flexible Electronics Manufacturing
3.3 Additive Printing Technology As a Preferred Manufacturing Technique
3.4 APAC and NA are Actively Patenting the Results of Their Research
3.5 Government and Regulatory Bodies Major Source of Funding across the Globe
3.6 Macro Environment Perspective - PESTLE Analysis for Flexible Electronics Technology

4. Assessing the Potential for Flexible Electronics
4.1 Functionality and Potentially Efficient Manufacturing Process - Key Advantages
4.2 Displays, Photovoltaics and Sensors are Major Products
4.3 Consumer Electronics and Energy are Primary Industries with High Impact Due to Flexible Electronics
4.4 Technological Challenges and Market Uncertainty undermining Potential of Flexible Electronics

5. Innovation and Competitive Landscape
5.1 Innovation Landscape - APAC
5.2 Innovation Landscape - EU
5.3 Innovation Landscape - NA
5.4 Evolving Innovation Landscape Focuses on Manufacturing Innovation
5.5 Regions Focusing on Niche Space to Ensure Competitive Advantage
5.6 Key Innovation Profile - Polyera
5.7 Key Innovation Profile - FlexEnable
5.8 Key Innovation Profile - University of Minnesota

6. Drivers and Restraints
6.1 Increased Adoption of Consumer Wearables and Increased Capital Investment Driving Manufacturing Innovations in Flexible Electronics
6.2 Key Drivers Explained
6.3 Rapid Product Replacement and Stiff Competition from Existing Technology prime restraints
6.4 Key Restraints Explained

7. Strategic Analysis
7.1 Product - Application Impact Matrix
7.1.1 Impact of Products on Application Areas Explained
7.2 Innovation Ecosystem Assessment
7.3 Key Questions Strategic Questions

8. Key Patents
8.1 Key Patents - Transparent Electronics

9. Key Industry Contacts
9.1 Industry Contacts
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