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Transparent Ceramics - Global Market Trajectory & Analytics

  • ID: 4806325
  • Report
  • January 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 272 Pages
  • Global Industry Analysts, Inc

Attractive New Opportunities for Optics, Sensors, Instrumentation, & Laser Technologies to Support a US$849.9 Million Market for Transparent Ceramics.

The global market for Transparent Ceramics is projected to reach US$849.9 million by the year 2027, trailing a post COVID-19 CAGR of 16.4%, over the analysis period 2020 through 2027. Transparent ceramics are inorganic, non-metallic solid materials, which allow desired wavelengths to be transmitted through them. Derived from silica based via a crystalline process, the crystalline and glassy transparent ceramics find use as optically transparent materials in varied forms including coatings, thin films and fibers. They are increasingly emerging as substitutes to conventional glass technologies as well as single crystal technologies in applications such as infrared domes, lasers, armors, optical fibers and high energy radiation detection. Transparent ceramics can be broadly categorized into - monocrystalline transparent ceramics and polycrystalline transparent ceramics. Monocrystalline transparent ceramics refer to single crystal ceramics, which exhibit properties such as homogeneity, uniformity and high doping concentration. Due to its excellent melt growth feature, monocrystalline transparent ceramics overcomes all vulnerabilities pertaining to formation of voids in internal structure during the ceramic making process, thus offering a uniform crystal look with improved transparency. Coupled with additional mechanical stability and transparency, monocrystalline transparent ceramics act as alternative to conventional glass. On the other hand, polycrystalline transparent ceramics are opaque matter with the ability to absorb or scatter visible light. 

The ceramics' mechanical and optical attributes are controlled by numerous microstructural features including porosity, grain size and presence of second phases. For polycrystalline ceramics to attain transparency, it is vital to create microstructure comprising minimal fraction of scattering centers. Polycrystalline transparent ceramics, due to their mechanical and optical properties find use in laser and armor applications. Some of the applications of transparent ceramics include high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting, semiconductor processing, transparent armor, jewelry and design, inspection window, wear-resistant windows, ballistic vehicle protection, among others. With increased use of transparent ceramics in wide range of applications, including night vision devices (NVD), transparent armor windows, nose cones, and cutting and laser tools, the popularity of transparent ceramics has been on the rise. The infrared (IR) transparent materials strike a balance in between mechanical strength and optical performance. For instance, though sapphire exhibits strength, there is lack of transparency during the entire 3 to 5 micrometer mid IR range. Similarly, though Yttria exhibits transparency from 3 to 5 micrometers, it lacks sufficient thermal shock resistance, hardness, and strength during higher-performing aerospace applications. However, the combination of these materials that is available as yttria-alumina garnet (YAG) has been ranked as the top performing material. 

Among the attractive application areas is the exciting world of LiDAR. In Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), transparent ceramics are increasingly replacing single crystals for the laser media due to several benefits offered, the chief being easy fabrication of composite structures with different doping content. A growing market for LiDAR supported by expanding applications in aerial surveying, GIS services, corridor mapping, environment, engineering, ADAS & driverless cars, therefore bodes well for transparent ceramics. Several companies have been launching their own commercial autonomous ride hailing services in the recent years. During the COVID-19 crisis, the potential role of self-driving vehicles has strengthened owing to the reasons such as delivering essentials to people at home quarantines. Advancements in technology, particularly improvement in LiDAR (Light Imaging, Detection and Ranging) systems, are essential for making self-driving vehicles a common reality. The integrated system LiDAR is used to measure the distance at which a target is located by illuminating it with laser light. The data from the LiDAR system is used in building a 3D model of the vehicle surroundings. LiDAR is considered to be an essential part of sensor suite in autonomous vehicles. In addition to self-driving vehicles, various other latest applications such as robotics, security, high-resolution mapping, laser guidance, physics, astronomy, conservation and biology use LiDAR systems. Laser light source is the important component of a LiDAR system. It is essential to use high powered mid-infrared lasers to develop high-performance LiDAR systems. The unique advantages of transparent ceramics such as homogenous and heavy doping of rare earth ions, easy fabrication of huge components, and fabricating composite structures with various doping contents make them preferable over crystal materials. Researchers have identified that the transparent ceramic fabrication method using co precipitation of iron-doped zinc selenide (Fe:ZnSe) is an alternative for preparing Fe:ZnSe mid-infrared materials. In order to improve the output efficiency, post-sintering process and purification of synthesized powders are done. 

Select Competitors (Total 26 Featured):

  • CeramTec GmbH
  • CeraNova Corporation
  • CoorsTek, Inc.
  • II-VI Optical Systems
  • Konoshima Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Kyocera Corporation
  • Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc
  • Surmet Corporation

The global analysis and forecast periods covered within the report are 2020-2027 (Current & Future Analysis) and 2012-2019 (Historic Review). Research estimates are provided for 2020, while research projections cover the period 2021-2027.
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  • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and Looming Global Recession
  • Pandemic Crisis Weakens Economic Environment, Triggering Negative Tide in GDP
  • EXHIBIT 1: World Economic Growth Projections (Real GDP, Annual % Change) for 2019, 2020 & 2021
  • An Introduction to Transparent Ceramics
  • EXHIBIT 2: Thermal Conductivity of Select Optical Materials (In W/mK)
  • Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Transparent Ceramics
  • Select Materials Used in Transparent Ceramics
  • Applications of Transparent Ceramics
  • Global Market Prospects & Outlook
  • Asian Economies at the Forefront of Growth in the Transparent Ceramics Market
  • Competition
  • EXHIBIT 3: Transparent Ceramics Competitor Market Share Scenario Worldwide (in %) for 2019
  • EXHIBIT 4: Polycrystalline Transparent Ceramics Market Share Breakdown of Key Players for 2019
  • World Brands
  • Recent Market Activity

  • New Opportunities Emerge for Transparent Ceramics in Aerospace & Defense Sector
  • With Defense Budgets Coming Under Pressure, Transparent Ceramics Market Faces Challenging Times
  • EXHIBIT 5: Adapting to Changing Battlefield Opens Opportunities for Transparent Ceramics in Transparent Ballistic Glass & Armored Land/Air Tactical Platforms: Defense Expenditure Worldwide in US$ Billion for the Years 2001 through 2019
  • EXHIBIT 6: Leading Countries Ranked by Defense Budgets in US$ Billion for 2019
  • Reprioritizing of Budgets Impacts Defense Spending, Affecting Market Prospects
  • EXHIBIT 7: Japan Defense Budget: A Pre & Post COVID-19 Comparison (In US$ Billion) for 2021-2023
  • EXHIBIT 8: UK Defense Budget: A Pre & Post COVID-19 Comparison (In US$ Billion) for 2021-2023
  • Optics & Optoelectronics: The Major End-Use Market for Transparent Ceramics
  • EXHIBIT 9: Global Optoelectronics Market Revenues in US$ Billion for 2019, 2021, 2023 and 2025
  • EXHIBIT 10: Growing Number of Consumer Electronics Users (in Million) Bodes Well for Future Market Prospects: 2019-2027
  • Transparent Ceramics: Facilitating Creation of Durable and Multifunctional Optics
  • Rising Demand for Sensors and Instrumentation Augurs Well for Transparent Ceramics Market
  • EXHIBIT 11: Explosion of IoT Connected Devices Sustains Demand for Sensors, Expanding Opportunities for Transparent Ceramics: Global Number of IoT Connected Devices (In Billion) for the Years 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022 & 2025
  • Transparent Ceramics Hold Potential for Manufacture of Super-hard Windows
  • Optical Ceramics Market: Growing Demand from Aerospace, Defense & Security Sectors Supports Growth
  • Transparent Ceramic Materials Hold Potential for Use in Night Vision Devices
  • Rising Importance of Transparent Ceramics in Cutting Tools
  • Rising Use of Transparent Ceramics in Medical Sector
  • EXHIBIT 12: Healthcare Sector Offers Opportunity for Transparent Ceramics: Global Medical X-Ray Imaging Market (In US$ Billion) for the Years 2019, 2021, 2023, 2025 & 2028
  • Sustained Advances in Nanotechnology Augur Well for Transparent Ceramics Market
  • Growing Prominence of Transparent Ceramics as Substitute Material for Plastics, Glass & Metal
  • Transparent Ceramics: Enabling Creation of Faster & Safer Self-Driving Vehicles
  • Sapphire Emerges as a Preferred Material for Transparent Ceramics
  • Transparent Aluminum: A Unique Transparent Advanced Ceramic
  • Beneficial Attributes Expand Applications of Spinel and ALON
  • Monocrystalline Transparent Ceramics: Promising Growth Ahead
  • Novel Application Areas Drive Growth in Transparent Polycrystalline Ceramics Market
  • Sialon Ceramics Vs Transparent Ceramics
  • Processing Developments Facilitate Use of Polycrystalline Ceramics as Laser Materials
  • Types of Ceramic Laser Materials
  • 3D Printing of Transparent Ceramic Structures: A Brief Review
  • Innovations & Advancements
  • Researchers Develop Ultrafast High-Temperature Ceramic Sintering Method
  • Researchers Develop Er3+-doped CaF2 Transparent Ceramics
  • Addition of Magnesium Impacts Transparent Ceramics’ Optical Properties and Structure
  • NRL Develops Improved Processes
  • UCLA-Led Research Team Develops Technically Advanced Ceramic Aerogels
  • German-Japanese Research Team Utilize Transparent Silicon Nitride to Produce Ultra-Hard Disc
  • Researchers at Jülich IEK Develop Yttria-Coated Transparent Zirconia Ceramics
  • FEFU Research Team Seeks to Further Improve Understanding about Reactive Sintering of Transparent Ceramics
  • Advanced Research Brings Forward Sol-Gel Method as Viable Approach for Producing Transparent Glass-Ceramics
  • CeramTec and DESKO Develop High-Speed, Rugged Scanner Glass Using Transparent Ceramics
  • Murata Manufacturing Develops Ba(Mg,Ta)O3-Based Transparent Ceramics
  • Surmet Intends to Further Improve ALON Project
  • MagSpin Develops Mg­spinel Hi-Tech Transparent Ceramic Glass for Smart Devices

  • Total Companies Profiled: 83
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