• NanoMarkets预测大型专业化工和材料公司将更多的投资于小型材料和油墨制造商，期望通过与这些小型制造商合作或可控IP进入该领域。它举例指出这类投资公司如最近的National Starch, Air Products and ChevronTexaco，并表示近期很有可能出现公司间的并购。
NanoMarkets公司的新报告： 用于可印刷电子的银粉和银墨：2007-2014，预测了在新型应用中，如显示器，底板，RFID，光电，照明，一次性电子产品，内存传感器及传统厚膜应用中银质导电油墨的主要市场。该报告讨论了领先供货商和技术开发商的策略，包括Advanced Nano Products, Cabot, Cima NanoTech, Creative Materials, DuPont, Ferro, Five Star Technologies, Harima Chemical, NanoDynamics, NanoGram NanoMas, National Starch （Acheson和Xink）, NovaCentrix, Parelec, PChem以及Sun Chemical。
[COLOR=#708090]SILVER CONDUCTIVE INKS FOR PRINTABLE ELECTRONICS MARKET TO GROW TO $1.2 BILLION BY 2014
May 29, 2007
Glen Allen, Virginia: According to a new report from NanoMarkets, a leading industry analyst firm based here, the market for silver conductive inks is expected to reach $1.2 billion （$US） by 2014, compared with $176 million in 2007. Details about the firm’s latest report are available at www.nanomarkets.net. Members of the press may request an executive summary by emailing email@example.com. The firm will be hosting a teleconference on Wednesday, June 13th to present findings from the new report.
Key findings from the report include
• Nanoparticulate silver inks promise to lower the costs of printed electronics by reducing the need for high-temperature processing and enabling less material to be used. Because lower temperatures are needed to cure nanoinks they are also more suitable for use on flexible substrates that typically use thermally sensitive plastics. According to NanoMarkets, the market for silver “nanoinks” is expected to reach $844 million by 2014.
• At present 95 percent of the silver conductive ink market is represented by traditional “thick-film” applications in which screen printing is used in the creation of PCBs, automobile heaters, EMI shielding and membrane switches. By 2014, such applications will have fallen to just over 20 percent of the silver ink market with the now-negligible RFID sector accounting for more than 30 percent of the market. Silver is the material of choice for RFID antennas and printing RFID tags is seen as the most likely way to reduce their costs to a point where such tags can be widely used on cost sensitive items such as food packages.
• In the past, silver conductive inks have been strongly associated with screen printing, but because ink-jet printing offers lower material wastage and creates finer features, it is likely to be used more with silver inks in the future. This will create an opportunity for ink makers to design new silver inks that are viscous enough to create individual droplets but also able to flow through the print head. By 2014, ink-jet silver inks are expected to reach $404 million. And, as volumes in the printable electronics market ramp up there will also be a need for more use of flexo and gravure inks, which are expected to reach $398 million by 2014.
• NanoMarkets predicts that there will be more investments in smaller materials and ink manufacturers by larger specialty chemical and materials companies looking to enter the business through partnerships or controllable IP. The firm points to investments by companies such as National Starch, Air Products and ChevronTexaco as recent examples and goes on to say acquisitions will likely be seen in the near term future as well.
About the Report
The new NanoMarkets report, Silver powders and Inks for Printable Electronics: 2007-2014 forecasts major markets for conductive silver inks in emerging applications such as displays, backplanes, RFID, photovoltaics, lighting, disposable electronics, memory sensors and traditional thick film applications. The report discusses the strategies of leading suppliers and technology developers including Advanced Nano Products, Cabot, Cima NanoTech, Creative Materials, DuPont, Ferro, Five Star Technologies, Harima Chemical, NanoDynamics, NanoGram NanoMas, National Starch （Acheson and Xink）, NovaCentrix, Parelec, PChem and Sun Chemical. This report builds upon the firm’s ongoing coverage of the printable electronics applications and materials.
NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities created by developments in advanced materials. The firm has published numerous reports related to organic, thin film and printable electronics materials and applications. The firm also publishes a blog found at www.nanotopblog.com.[/COLOR]