Polymers and Advanced Materials
Robust demand for home appliances to fuel PET film coated steel coil market size
Global PET film coated steel coil market forecast will be largely propelled by robust demand for home appliances. Laminated steel sheets are widely used in manufacturing electrical and electronics home electronics. Evolving living standards coupled with growing demand for comfort while performing household chores and activities will augment the business growth.
Coated steel coils offer excellent advantages such as high strength, robust durability and superior corrosion resistance which makes it suitable for the production of various home appliances. The product is ecofriendly in nature and eliminates the paint baking process during appliance manufacturing. Emergence of small local as well as presence of prominent home appliance manufacturers will propel PET film coated steel coil industry outlook in the coming years.
Refrigerators and freezers segment held 36% of total PET film coated steel coil industry share from home appliances during 2018. Growing depletion of fossil fuels along with rising pollution has resulted in increased environmental concerns. This has led an increasing number of consumers to opt for single door refrigerators, thereby fostering the adoption of PET film coated coils.
Uncertainty in the trade environment such as the ongoing US-China trade war are rendering negative impact on the industry growth. Unpredictable fluctuations in financial markets are impacting the overall supply chain dynamics worldwide. However, the adoption of latest and advanced technologies for product manufacturing will offer ample opportunities for manufacturers, fostering PET film coated steel coil market trends over the forecast timeline.
Strict regulations and guidelines set forth by regulatory bodies related with respect to the release of harmful gases into the environment is expected to hamper the business growth up to certain extent. For instance, the U.S. government has enforced national emission standards over release of harmful gases and air pollutants used for metal surface coating into the atmosphere.
Rapidly shifting consumer needs and preferences towards adoption of smart home appliances are significantly driving the product innovations. Advanced technologies such as microstructure control are being used to achieve additional strength, magnetic shielding and formability required by electrical and electronic home appliances.
Busy and evolving consumer lifestyles have subsequently fueled the demand for convenience and ready-to-eat foods. This in turn has accelerated the demand for highly energy-efficient refrigerators which offer a safe, easy and convenient option for food preservation. Advancements in technology such as pairing of smartphones with refrigerators through IoT and installation of cold-water taps on the door will expand the product scope in smart kitchen applications.
Asia Pacific PET film coated steel coil industry size is estimated to record a prominent CAGR of over 7.5% over 2019-2025. This growth will be prominently led by India which is one of the largest markets for electrical and electronics home appliances. Favorable initiatives by the Indian government such as “Start-up India” and “Make in India” coupled with rising affordability and easy availability of credits will complement the regional industrial outlook.
In addition, 100% FDI for electrical and electronics hardware manufacturing in India will drive manufacturing sector. Presence of prominent manufacturers in regions including Japan, China and South Korea is anticipated to boost the demand for laminated steel sheets and coated steel coils.
China consumes over 48% of the total finished steel products. Emergence of smart and efficient online distribution channel and increasing number of logistics startups will accelerate the business growth across the region.
Author Name : Hrishikesh Kadam
Rising oil & gas exploration activities to bolster microporous insulation market trends
Global microporous insulation market forecast will pe primarily driven by positive application outlook in automotive, transportation and aerospace industries. Microporous insulation materials are majorly employed in a range of different automotive and aerospace components such as voyage data recorders (VDR), auxiliary power units, exhaust systems and black boxes.
The world population has witnessed a rapid upsurge in the past few decades which has consequently fueled the global power demand. Excellent characteristics of microporous insulation materials such as superior resistance to thermal shocks, low shrinkage and low thermal conductivity makes them suitable for a range of applications in nuclear power stations, consolidated solar plants, conventional thermal plants and fuel cells.
High operational and manufacturing costs associated with microporous insulation products might impede the business growth up to certain extent. However, growing product demand for use in the manufacture of glass, domestic ovens and storage heating applications will positively contribute towards microporous insulation industry growth.
Microporous insulation materials are extremely lightweight and can significantly increase the load-carrying capacity in vehicles, making them best-suited for application in the transportation sector. Rapid urbanization and growing industrialization activities in regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America will further propel microporous insulation market forecast in the coming years.
Based on material, global microporous insulation market share is classified into alumina silica and calcium magnesium silicate. Alumina silicate-based microporous insulation products can withstand temperatures of 1000°C and above which makes them suitable for application in various end-use sectors. Alumina silica microporous insulation industry size is projected to register a robust 11% CAGR over 2019-2025.
Global microporous insulation market share can be segmented into rigid boards & panels, flexible boards, and others in terms of products. Rigid microporous insulation panels and boards are largely used in energy & power and metal works industries. Rigid boards & panels product segment in microporous insulation industry was valued at around USD 130 million in terms of revenue during 2018.
Based on end-user, global microporous market share is segmented into oil & gas, energy & power, transportation, metal works, and others. Robust demand from automotive, transportation and aerospace industries will favor the industry growth over the coming years. Oil & gas end-use segment in microporous insulation industry is estimated to generate revenues in excess of USD 250 million by the end of the forecast timeframe.
Growing number of developing regions around the world are undertaking oil & gas exploration activities in order to address the burgeoning demand. For instance, China has planned to invest more than USD 280 billion in Iran’s oil & gas and petrochemical sectors. The country also plans to invest close to USD 120 billion to upgrade its existing transportation and manufacturing infrastructure, presenting favorable opportunities for small as well as prominent microporous insulation manufacturers in the region.
North America microporous insulation industry size is projected to surpass USD 400 million by 2025. This can be mainly attributed to proliferation of automotive, aerospace and transportation sectors in the region. Growing implementation of emerging and advanced technologies in these end-use industries is driving the regional demand. In addition, surging demand for energy-efficient power supply will further complement the business outlook.
Author Name : Hrishikesh Kadam
3 major trends witnessed in ceramic inks market that will influence future growth
Growing demand for decorative flooring and aesthetically appealing wall tiles and other glass based applications will propel ceramic inks market over 2019-2025. Expansive construction activities in emerging economies will therefore positively impact the ceramic inks industry. Moreover, as the demand for residential places swells in rapidly urbanized regions of the world, greater scope will be created for ceramic inks industry.
U.S. Ceramic Inks Market Size, by End-use, 2014 – 2025 (USD Million)
Ceramic inks are made up of finely ground glass particles and metal oxide pigments that completely fuse with the surface of the glass or ceramic when exposed to the high-temperature curing process, which requires ovens that are capable of raising the surface temperature of the glass to over 1,000°F. This energy-intensive process results in a printed image that is nearly as durable as the glass itself. However, as manufacturers improve the adhesion of UV-curable organic ink, demand for these environmentally friendly ink alternatives will get much stronger.
The introduction of ceramic inks has resulted in a shift in commercial glass decoration methods.
Increased utilization of decorated glass in interior designing is also resulting in growth of the ceramic inks industry, worldwide.
Given below are a list of factors that will positively impact ceramic inks market over 2019-2025:
Growing investment in construction industry to influence ceramic inks market
Rise in investment in the construction industry will boost the global ceramic inks market over the coming years. Ceramic inks has witnessed a rising appeal from the construction industry due to their high resistance to weather, water and various other liquids. These interesting properties of ceramic ink makes it the perfect choice for printing design on decorative glass as well as ceramic products like ceramic tiles and tableware.
Increasing investments by private & government sectors in the construction industry of the APAC region is generating demand for ceramic tiles, thereby fueling the growth of the ceramic inks market. Moreover, China, India, and the U.S. together are expected to account for 60% of all global construction growth, propelling ceramic inks market with growing construction projects in the countries.
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Growing application of ceramic inks in the automotive sector
Ceramic inks provide long-lasting UV resistance, which makes them ideal for all types of automotive glass, aerospace glass, marine glass, and many other types of transportation glass that are exposed to the elements.
Anti-stick ceramic inks market is also gaining traction as digital printing on automotive glass is becoming more common. Anti-stick ceramic inks are being designed to fit the automotive industry standards that demand weathering resistance, scratch resistance, acid resistance, stain resistance and high durability. Anti-stick ceramic inks that are designed to be applied in a way that the glass could to be bent during the thermal process.
The automotive industry had taken a hit during the crisis years of 2008-2009 but has been recovering rapidly in recent years. In 2018 automotive production has been estimated to be back to pre-2008 levels, not only due to the demand from developed nations where the economy is rapidly recovering but also due to exponential demand recoded in the emerging economies of Asia.
In 2018 an estimated 70.5 million passenger cars had been produced by the international automotive industry and this figures is anticipated to surpass 80 million units in 2019. With the rising vehicle production rate, it is predicable that ceramic inks market will garner greater profits due to increasing utilization of the product in automotive glass.
Extensive usage of ceramic inks in glass printing in cosmetics industry
One sector that ceramic inks have witnessed extensive application is glass printing. An instance to demonstrate the increasing demand of glass as well as ceramic inks that perform well on glass can be sited through the continually expanding cosmetics industry and its usage of glass packaging.
Spending on cosmetics has been on the rise every year. According to L’Oréal, the cosmetics giant, in 2016, global transactions of cosmetic goods was 4% higher than in 2015, amounting to an estimated €205 billion. However in the cosmetic industry, product packaging plays a significant role not only in maintaining the delicate composition of cosmetics but also in increasing their appeal to consumers and keeping the products competitive.
Brand design is of considerable importance in the highly competitive cosmetics market and special finishes that turn simple packaging into a real brand experience are in high demand. In perfumery & personal care markets therefore there is a healthy demand for ceramic printing inks.
Ceramic prints on glass containers have the advantage of being abrasion resistant. By substance, glass printing nearly accounts for half of the ceramic inks market size and is likely to grow significantly in coming years. The increased use of glass containers in also a notable trend in the cosmetics industry that will ass impetus to ceramic inks market as cosmetics industry is facing greater consumer demand to shift away from the use of plastic packaging and use more ecofriendly options.
Increasing disposable income and spending power of consumers for decorative flooring, wall tiles infrastructures along with extensive application in automotive, packaging, printing and other sectors, is estimated to fuel the ceramic inks market. As per Global Market Insights estimates, global ceramic inks market size would worth around $2.8 billion by 2025.
Author Name : Aakriti Kakkar
Food and beverages sector to strengthen North America insulated packaging market outlook
Driven by the expansion of food & beverages sector and the lucrative nature of the cosmetics industry, the North America insulated packaging market size is expected to increase commendably in the forthcoming years.
U.S. Insulated Packaging Market Size, By Material, 2018 & 2025, (Kilo Tons)
Designed to prevent damage to temperature-sensitive products like pharmaceuticals, foods, and cosmetics, insulated packaging commands a noticeable presence in several high-growth industries. The packaging materials’ ability to maintain an ideal storage environment for shipping or containing a variety of goods would be driving North America insulating packaging industry outlook in coming years.
According to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), the U.S. food packaging sector is forecast to witness a steady pace of growth over the forthcoming years. The country’s food-contact packaging sector is highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With food being one of the most sensitive products to transfer and store, the regulations are expected to promote adoption of insulated packaging such as insulated food bags considerably.
PMMI anticipates that meat, meat-related products, processed snack foods, pet food, and food & vegetables would be the most innovative food & beverages industry segments in coming years. Among the aforementioned segments, snack foods, meat, and meat related products are anticipated to outperform others. This growth is being attributed to increasing consumer demand with respect to convenience options and portion control. In industry segments where food products need to be effectively packaged over long periods, these growing demands would open up new opportunities for North America insulated packaging industry players.
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Owing to environmental concerns, pet food and snack foods segments, which use conventional plastic packaging, are seeking new packaging solutions that are biodegradable and recyclable. The necessity for a recyclable, biodegradable, printable, and food-safe material could lead these segments to flexible insulated packaging for a solution, boosting insulated packaging market share further.
Meanwhile, North America insulated packaging market outlook is expected to become more favorable owing to the growth of the cosmetics industry. According to Forbes, today consumers, particularly women, are actively exploring and adopting new beauty trends. This is a part of a bigger generational transformation; wherein younger consumers are more willing to change their preferences.
Changing preferences are giving rise to the adoption of locally-produced, organic, natural or artisanal products, transforming product segments such as skincare. To keep up with this shift, popular beauty and skincare products no longer depend on synthetic ingredients.
In the category of clean, natural, and even food-standard beauty & skincare products, industry players are seeking out alternate means to extend the shelf-life of their products. The insulated packaging industry is expected to leverage its capabilities to address these cosmetics industry demands.
According to the L’Oréal 2018 annual report, skincare accounts for 39% of the cosmetics market in terms of product category. The global cosmetics industry recorded estimated sales of approximately €200 billion in 2018 with North America accounting for 25% of the industry by geographic zone.
North America’s integral contribution towards the growth of the cosmetics industry presents a lucrative growth opportunity to the insulated packaging industry. With cosmetics industry demands projected to grow steadily through non-synthetic products, the North America insulated packaging market share is slated record remarkable growth over forecast timeframe.
Overall, attributing to changing packaging demands in the food & beverages industry along with shifting consumer preferences toward cosmetics products, insulated packaging adoption is slated to experience a sizable boost in coming years. A research report by Global Market Insights, Inc., estimates that the North America insulated packaging market valuation would surpass a valuation of $3 billion by 2025.
Author Name : Akshay Kedari
Evolving automotive sector to impact hybrid fabrics market forecast over 2019-2025
Global hybrid fabrics market share is witnessing a positive growth momentum owing to increased consumer proclivity towards light-weight and environment-friendly automotive components. The automotive manufacturing sector is growing rapidly towards making cars more intelligent with a viable option of fiber optic technology which is becoming a preferred choice for a variety of automotive application. With its distinct features, fibers have become a natural choice for various functional and aesthetic components in all types of vehicles, outlining hybrid fabrics industry trends.
U.S. hybrid fabrics market size, by end-user, 2014 – 2025 (USD Million)
Automobile companies are constantly pushing themselves to manufacture the lightest cars possible to augment the speed and efficiency. As industries demand materials with a higher strength to weight ratios, corrosion resistance, and efficient workability, the carbon fiber is presently the most discussed lightweight material because of its high potential for weight reduction in automobiles, but the high cost involved in producing its will leading manufacturers to opt for carbon-glass hybrids, which also provide favorable properties.
U.S. sales of hybrid electric vehicles represented around 36% of more than 11 million hybrids sold globally through April 2016. With the government’s focus on renewable energy, the automobile companies are emphasizing more on manufacturing hybrid and electric vehicles along with ensuring growing awareness among customers. As these vehicles require reliable, robust and lightweight components to help improve overall efficiency, increased sales of hybrids and full-electric cars will considerably bolster hybrid fabrics market outlook in the forthcoming years.
Technological developments and emerging policy actions could further enhance the value proposition for prospective electric vehicle buyers. Leading metropolitan EV markets tend to have public charging infrastructure, consumer subventions, and other incentives that would propel the need for electric vehicle manufacturing, further stimulating the expansion of hybrid fabrics industry over the projected timeframe. Reportedly, the highest selling hybrid electric vehicle in the U.S. was Toyota Prius, which had sold approximately 1,643,000 units since year 2000 through April 2016.
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Electric vehicles offer the potential to save significant costs and time. Lightweight fabrics have become the material of choice owing to their functionality and flexibility and have opened up several new spots for lightweight automotive manufacturing. They also allow for lower maintenance and repair costs, since carbon/glass hybrid fabric could be inexpensive as compared to carbon alone. The combination will also witness substantial demand for other applications and it was reported that the carbon/glass segment contributed nearly 30% of global hybrid fabrics market size in 2018.
With the rapid upsurge in the automobile technology, the hybrid fabrics are created from a broad variety of different fibers including combinations of carbon fiber and aramid fiber. Aramid fibers are used extensively, from passenger cars and light trucks to professional racing cars and also known for their high tensile strength. Apart from their resistance to abrasion and piercing, they also comprise high resistance to organic solvents and fire. The cost component of using aramid alone has advocated the need for hybrid materials that also helps to improve performance, safety, and durability of a broad range of automotive components.
Lately, various industry players like Solvay, Gurit, Hexcel Corporation, and BGF Industries Inc. are capitalizing on their R&D finesse to develop pioneering and innovative products, which can provide them an edge over the competition and also fetch lucrative profits. They are also looking to expand their presence through mergers and acquisitions. For instance, in 2016 the parent company of BGF Industries, Porcher Industries had announced the acquisition of Cordtech International which is specialized in the treatment and processing of industrial fibres for the car market.
Expanding production capabilities to meet the burgeoning demand for auto components is poised to boost hybrid fabrics industry trends over the coming years. The development of groundbreaking production technologies will undeniably create lucrative growth prospects for various hybrid fabric manufacturers. Reports suggest that owing to a wide application scope, which includes aerospace, energy, sports and defense sectors, global hybrid fabrics market is anticipated to surpass a valuation of USD 400 million by 2025.
Author Name : Deeksha Pant
Strict food safety regulations to outline global low migration inks market trends
Global low migration inks market trends are poised to witness considerable expansion due to changing consumer lifestyle and increase in working women population, which has led to higher consumption of packaged food and beverage products. Rising disposable income globally has fueled the demand for processed food and personal care products, positively influencing the growth of packaging sector worldwide. Safe packaging has become a prime focus of many health and safety agencies, impacting the development of inks meeting high safety standards.
U.S. Low Migration Inks Market size, By End-user Industry, 2014 – 2025 (USD Million)
Developing nations like China and India have witnessed a substantial growth in demand for packaged and on-the-go food products owing to the increase in industrial set up and a rise in employment. Heavy molecular weighted inks are used for packaging and labelling for several end-use industries such as F&B, personal care items, pharmaceuticals, tobacco and alcohol due to their properties to restrain the undesired ink from affecting the eatables. Some regulations define the use of ink such that there is no transfer of ink from the packaging onto the food, deteriorating the properties of packaged food and change the products’ composition.
Regulatory authorities have levied several restrictions on the usage of ink across the food and beverage sector, which is projected to reinforce low migration inks market share globally. For instance, FDA allows inks to be marketed based on certain functional barriers in order to prevent migration of ink components to food. Additionally, EU requires printing inks used in the food industry to comply with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Framework regulations in order to safeguard health of consumers.
Low migration inks in digital printing processes are used when complex and highly efficient printing is required on food packages and labels. Digital printing facilitates printing on varied range of substrates that enhance versatility over alternate printing methods. Additionally, digital printing reduces environmental footprint by eliminating substrate waste and works without VOC and pre – coats using UV inks. Digitally printed labels for alcohol bottles are widely used due to complex image printing needed on them. The digital printing process segment in low migration inks industry is expected to witness a robust CAGR of over 6.5% over the forecast period.
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Global revenue generated by pharmaceutical sector in 2018 accounted for more than USD 1204.8 billion. Printing inks in pharmaceutical applications must ensure drug safety and eliminate the potential risk of contamination of tablets or other solid dosage forms through direct or indirect contact with ink.
Additionally, to protect the labels used on medicines from being counterfeited, pharma industry needs to invest in brand protection measures such as raised images and micro texts, creating a need for advanced low migration inks. In terms of end-users, pharmaceutical sector is expected to comprise of 25% of the total low migration inks market share by 2025.
According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, about 48 million people in the country are affected by foodborne diseases, some of which are caused due to the mixing of ink substance with the edibles. Regulatory authorities have laid down strict laws with respect to ink usage in order to facilitate human health and safety. Reportedly, the US F&B sector is expected to generate over USD 18.34 billion in 2019, with constant innovations being in food packaging. The growing F&B sector coupled with rising safety concerns is amplifying North America low migration inks industry outlook.
Owing to increased adoption across the packaging applications on the account of obstructing undesirable transfer of ink onto the packaged items, which affects taste and raises safety concerns, low migration inks are becoming a common trend worldwide. Key players comprising the industry’s competitive dynamics include Toyo Inks, Flint Group, Sun Chemical Corporation and Huber Group among others. According to a report by Global Market Insights Inc., the low migration inks market size is projected to surpass USD 480 million by 2025.
Author Name : Shreshtha Dhatrak
China to emerge as a major regional ground for containerboard market
Demand for high performance, strength and environment friendly packaging is anticipated to help expand the containerboard market share. Containerboards are made out of recycled fiber which means that they have reduced carbon footprint. Using recycled fiber with virgin fiber for production reduces water use and effluent flow in mills.
U.S. Containerboard Market, By FMCG Application, 2018 & 2025, (Kilo Tons)
Besides being ecofriendly, containerboards are feather light which reduces shipping costs for ecommerce companies. Containerboards are used for their robustness, lightweight and mechanical stability, factors attracting attention from ecommerce industry. Increasing demand of ecofriendly, light and strong packaging material is expected to assist the transformation of the global containerboard market outlook. Estimates claim containerboard industry size to surpass USD 250 billion by 2025.
Ecofriendly characteristic of containerboards is anticipated to fuel containerboard market trends. Many countries are taking significant to reduce carbon footprint by promoting the use of ecofriendly materials. Countries like China are striving to maintain environmental balance by increasing the use of containerboards mainly made up of recycled fiber.
In the year 2017, Chinese containerboard production reached 45 million tons, almost all of which was made out of recycled fiber. Nearly 15 million tons of old corrugated containerboard was imported which accounted for one-third of the 45 million tons of final production.
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Between 2019 and 2021, China plans to build a new capacity of approximately 10 million tons, all intending to use recycled fiber as furnish. Furthermore, there are projects which may exceed capacity of 8 million tons. These projects are planned but not confirmed yet. One supposition is that China, if all projects are accomplished, strives to largely remain self-sufficient in the supply of containerboard. Like China, the U.S., India, Vietnam and many other countries are also focusing on ideal materials for packaging and will contribute to increase growth rate of containerboard industry.
Seemingly, there is a significant cooperation from the Chinese companies to achieve aforesaid targets and expand their market share. For instance, a Chinese containerboard manufacturing company Nine Dragon Paper Holdings Limited has signed a MoU with the Indian state of Maharashtra to provide around $630 million to establish a paper- and board-producing mill in the state.
This is an initial step by the company to expand its footprint in India. Nine Dragon will reportedly invest up to INR 45 billion ($634 million) to build the facility. India containerboard market is indicating expansion in market share and is projected to reach 3 billion square meters from agricultural application as containers for vegetable and fruit packaging require anti-bacterial qualities.
Nine Dragon currently has more than 15 million metric tons of paper- and board-making capacity focusing on containerboard and other packaging grade. The strategic expansions of containerboard companies will help to drive the growth graph of containerboard industry.
Worldwide containerboard demand is expected to surge continuously as a result of economic expansion and e-commerce trade growth. Apart from China, Vietnam is yet another APAC country that will help boost the containerboard market growth.
The demand of containerboard in Vietnam is increasing at a steady pace and surpasses that of Indonesia, Thailand and other countries. It is further anticipated that in the first half of the 2020, Vietnam will be the leading ASEAN countries in terms of containerboard utilization propelling steady growth of the containerboard market over the forecast period.
A Japanese company recently announced the establishment of a containerboard manufacturing and packaging material sales business in Vietnam. The company has gained overseas containerboard market knowledge from its businesses in Japan and now has plans to expand its footprint in rapidly growing market of Vietnam. It will support industrial development in Vietnam by manufacturing containerboard with resource saving operations and energy saving technology acquired in Japan.
Companies toiling to expand their businesses overseas is one of the major reasons that will significantly impact containerboard market growth globally. A huge range of applications of containerboards in FMCG, pharmaceuticals, ecommerce, industries, agriculture, etc., is attracting containerboard industry players to invest consistently in new product development. Government mandates for environmental conservation will also act as a major driver propelling the expansion of containerboard market size over 2019-2025.
Author Name : Anchal Solanki
Growing demand for solar cells to fuel conductive polymers market size
Rise in the demand for electronic equipment will drive conductive polymers market share with the need for suitable coating and safe packaging materials that can address electrostatic damages. An electronic device emits electromagnetic frequencies that disturb the frequencies of other devices which can affect their performance and cause damages, resulting in lowering of their lifespan.
U.S. Conductive Polymers Industry Size, By Application, 2014 – 2025 (USD Billion)
Electroactive polymers are used as anti-static packaging material in order to protect devices against such disturbances. Continuously rising sales of consumer electronics and small electronic components will boost the demand for anti-static packaging.
Increasing consumption of conductive polymers can be attributed to cost effective and easily processable nature that will help thrust their application scope. These types of polymers have attracted significant interest for their environmental stabilities, electrical properties and several practical applications.
New innovations will lift the utilization of polymers considerably, for instance, a team at the University of California that is looking to use polymer films to reduce the defects in light observing perovskite cells, promising a lucrative avenue to foster conductive polymers industry share from the solar cells segment.
Growing prevalence of various health conditions that require surgical treatment have paved the way for conductive polymers to be used in the medical device sector. The materials have major applications in the field of neuroprosthetic devices, cardiovascular devices and bioactuators. They have garnered a lot of attention as appropriate matrices of biomolecules that can be used to enhance speed, sensitivity and stability of several biomedical devices. Their ability to induce several cellular mechanisms as well as lower costs will certainly help expand global conductive polymers market size in the coming years.
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Metal electrode materials that are used in implantable devices have been known for bad recording performance and long-term stimulation, requiring modifications and coating with conductive polymers that will improve the tissue-electrode interface and increase the lifespan of the implants. This will increase the demand for those implants and in turn augment conductive polymers industry trends over the forecast lifespan.
Unprecedented consumption of electronic devices around the world will contribute to conductive polymers industry expansion significantly over the projected period. Computer screens and TVs use conductive polymers that help produce flexible and flat plastic screens for through polyphenylene vinylene which emits light when put between charged electrodes, enabling flat-panel display designs to be created. Demand for high quality screens will notably bolster the development of suitable polymers to meet a growing consumer base.
The Purdue University has developed a glass-like polymer that conducts electricity for flexible and transparent electronics. The polymer film can apparently be produced on a large scale, both sustainably and inexpensively. Purdue University is also involved in the development of new polymer film that creates tailor-made sensors which would help monitor heart rates, glucose levels or other biomedical metrics.
Major investments for the research and development of conductive polymers and exploring their applications have considerably advanced the field of polymers. This has resulted in the innovation of modified versions of these polymers. For instance, over the duration of last few years, researchers delved into other fields while looking into creating new conductive polymers through machine learning. Researchers have apparently discovered a new type of polymer that provides high thermal conductivity and can easily benefit 5G mobile communication technologies.
The rapid development of automotive industry is expected to grow further owing to the increase in the production of automobiles around the world that are equipped with technologies like self-driving systems and artificial intelligence. These will gradually drive the demand for actuators and sensors that use conductive polymer-type materials.
Rising demand for advanced automobiles in the developing nations will augment the consumption of sensors, reinforcing conductive polymers market outlook. Additionally, there are increasing opportunities from solar applications wherein the product is used to deposit materials to enhance the conduction of electricity.
North America is slated to account for a significant chuck of conducting polymer market share by the year 2025. Consistent R&D efforts, innovations, miniaturization of electronic parts and equipment manufacturing will help fuel demand in this region. The booming electronics and semiconductor manufacturing sector will present a large customer base for conductive polymer suppliers like Lubrizol Corporation, RTP Company, 3M Company.
Author Name : Riya Yadav
Increasing deployment of solar cells to fuel silver nanowires market size
Global silver nanowires market is anticipated to witness escalating demand from the healthcare sector for molecular diagnostics on account of its anti-microbial characteristics. These properties can be attributed to its robust optical transmittance and conductivity, which will boost product utilization in medical applications, like imaging, over the forecast timeframe. Growing end-user preference towards silver nanowire-based transparent conductive electrodes (TECs) for next generation semiconductor devices, owing to low manufacturing cost and excellent flexibility, will considerably transform the industry trends.
US Silver Nanowire Market Share, By Optical Application, 2018 & 2025, (Kilo Tons)
Increasing deployment of silver nanowires in carbon-based solar cells as well as modern LEDs due to agility and a sturdy mechanical hold will propel product consumption across the globe. These products can be effectively used as a substitute for indium tin oxide used in transparent conductive layers on account of strong electrical conductivity, high aspect ratio and wide surface. However, lack of suitable infrastructure for product manufacturing combined with high investment costs may slightly impede silver nanowires industry growth. However, strong demand for efficient devices in the future will ensure consistent usage of the material.
Indium is routinely integrated into modern consumer electronics and green technologies. The metal, when exposed to tin and oxygen forms indium tin oxide (ITO), which is used for conductive purposes like LCD displays. ITO is a transparent conductive electrode, which makes it suitable for touch screen technologies. Moreover, the product is widely deployed in the solar cell industry. Hiking ITO prices caused by increasing scarcity of Indium will result in surging demand for silver nanowire-based conductive electrode, thereby stimulating product adoption. Depletion of Indium metal sources worldwide is likely to foster silver nanowires market size over the projected timeframe.
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Deployment of solar energy technology across the world has accelerated and over the last decade, the U.S. solar sector has exhibited an average annual growth of about 50%. Moreover, installation cost for solar-based equipment has dropped by over 70% in same period. Growing awareness among the global population and various government initiatives towards the adoption of natural and renewable sources of energy has spiked the demand for solar cells. Silver nanowire is used in designing solar equipment owing to transparent and conductive characteristics, which will generate added revenues for silver nanowires industry.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have become one of the most rapidly advancing lighting technologies on account of superior energy-efficiency. In fact, quality LED bulbs are more durable, last much longer, provide better luminance quality compared to others. In 2018, global residential LED shares accounted for a record 40% of all house lighting sales. Deployment of LEDs in the commercial as well as outdoor applications is also rising, especially for linear LEDs. Extensive use of silver nanowires in fabricating LED devices is set to positively drive silver nanowires market outlook.
Fueled by recent advances in technology and R&D, several silver nanowire-based products have already been unveiled for research and through prototype ideas. One of the most innovative applications is in the wearable electronics segment on account of excellent optical, mechanical an electrical characteristics. Wearable electronics worldwide are facing surging demand and estimates suggest that wrist wearables alone will register 100 million sold units by the end of 2019, while all other wearable electronics will touch 7.3 million units. Growing popularity of wearable electronics will rapidly increase demand for the material, in turn propelling silver nanowires industry share.
Owing to extensive applications in optic and electronics sector in relation to anti-microbial nature, efficiency and low toxicity, silver nanowires industry is poised to accrue remarkable gains. Increased utilization in chemical, photovoltaic and biotech sensors on account of exceptional optical, thermal and electric characteristics will bolster the product penetration. Global Market Insights, Inc. estimates that silver nanowires market size will exceed the USD 1.5 billion mark by 2025.
Author Name : Hrishikesh Kadam
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