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REPORT # Nano-727 PUBLISHED June 23, 2014
Silver Inks and Pastes Markets: 2014-2021
CATEGORIES :
  • Advanced Materials
  • SUMMARY

    This is the latest in NanoMarkets’ ongoing series of industry analysis reports on silver inks and pastes.  In this report we analyze how the changes within the applications for silver inks and pastes have impacted the business and what this means over the coming years.

    On the positive side, the solar panel industry is reviving and is much more oriented toward crystalline silicon (c-Si) panels than before the great solar crash.  This is good news for the silver pastes business, because c-Si panels are major consumes of silver.  Silver inks and pastes suppliers also have some reason to be hopeful about the likelihood of large OLED lighting and displays panels finally being commercialized, since silver undoubtedly has a role to play in OLED electrodes.

    The negatives for the silver inks and pastes business include the fact that plasma televisions and membrane switches, both which have consumed a considerable amount of silver pastes are phasing out and printed electronics is gradually being abandoned as a viable application by many suppliers.

    This report also examines the commercial implications for silver inks and paste markets.  In this year’s report, we place a special emphasis on the replacement of silver by copper in critical applications such as solar panels. We also re-examine the future of silver inks and pastes in the light of the rising Internet-of-Things meme and address whether or not there will there be demand for printed silver used within all those sensors and smart objects.  Finally, we take one more look to see if nanosilver inks will ever make it out of the “research material” category.

    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 NanoMarkets reports, we also include 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 – both the traditional and the new suppliers that appearing from China and India.

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Executive Summary
    E.1 The Silver Inks and Pastes Market:  Luck Still Holding
    E.2 Thick Film: Signs of Life
    E.3 Solar Panel Prospects:  Silver Inks and Pastes Opportunities
    E.3.1 Using Less Silver per Panel
    E.3.2 Silver and the Future of Thin-Film PV
    E.4 Future Revenue Generation for Silver Inks/Pastes from Lighting, Displays, and Sensors
    E.5 Key Firms to Watch in the Silver Inks and Pastes Business
    E.5.1 Traditional Suppliers: DuPont, Henkel, and Heraeus
    E.5.2 Competition from Around the World
    E.6 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts for Silver Inks and Pastes
    E.6.1 Impact of Silver Prices

    Chapter One: Introduction
    1.1 Background to this Report
    1.1.1 Changes Since the Last Report
    1.1.2 Continuing Prospects for Silver Inks and Pastes
    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 for Silver Inks and Pastes
    1.3.4 General Economic and Policy Assumptions
    1.4 Plan of this Report

    Chapter Two: Silver Inks and Pastes – Materials, Processes and Suppliers
    2.1 Legacy Materials: Thick-Film Pastes and Thin-Film Inks
    2.2 Opportunities for Nanosilver Beyond R&D
    2.3 Competing Materials
    2.3.1 Copper as a Potential Threat
    2.3.2 Carbon-based Conductive Inks
    2.4 Shifts in Processing and Printing Methods to Meet the Demand of Different Applications
    2.4.1 Alternative Printing Methods Hold Onto Niches
    2.4.2 Screen Printing Broadens Its Reach
    2.5 Key Suppliers of Silver Inks and Pastes
    2.5.1 Traditional Silver Materials Suppliers Focus on PV
    2.5.2 Offerings from PCB Materials Suppliers
    2.5.3 Nanosilver Suppliers Address Challenges
    2.5.4 Competition from China and India
    2.6 How Changes in Silver Prices Affect the Market for Silver Inks and Pastes
    2.7 Key Points from This Chapter

    Chapter Three: Photovoltaic Panels: Opportunities and Challenges for Silver Inks and Pastes
    3.1 Growth in Crystalline Si Helps Silver Paste Market
    3.2 Efforts to Reduce the Amount of Silver in Panels
    3.3 How Efforts to Improve Solar Cell Efficiency Affect Silver Paste Suppliers
    3.3.1 Changes in Printing Methods
    3.3.2 New Solar Cell Designs
    3.4 Competing PV Technologies a Potential Threat
    3.5 Eight-Year Forecast of Silver Inks/Pastes for PV– by PV Type and Usage
    3.6 Eight-Year Forecast of Silver Inks/Pastes for PV – by Type of Materials and Type of Printing Process
    3.7 Key Points from this Chapter

    Chapter Four: Displays and Lighting as Markets for Silver Inks and Pastes
    4.1 Plasma TVs – a Dying Breed
    4.2 Opportunities for Silver in Growing Display Markets
    4.2.1 Liquid Crystal Displays
    4.2.2 Silver in Touch Displays
    4.2.3 What about OLED displays?
    4.3 Will OLED Lighting Provide a New Opportunity for Silver Inks and Pastes?
    4.4 Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks/ Pastes for Displays – by Display Type and Type of Ink/Paste
    4.5 Eight-Year Forecast of Silver Inks/Pastes for Displays – by Type of Printing Process
    4.6 Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks/ Pastes for OLED Lighting – by Type of Ink/Paste
    4.7 Eight-Year Forecast of Silver Inks/Pastes for OLED Lighting – by Type of Printing Process
    4.8 Key Points from this Chapter

    Chapter Five:  Opportunities for Silver Inks/Pastes in Sensors
    5.1 Will the IoT be Good for Silver?
    5.1.1 Printed Silver in Sensors
    5.1.2 Opportunities in RFIDs
    5.2 RFID and Sensor Antennas:  Eight-Year Forecast by Type of Ink/Paste
    5.3 RFID and Sensor Applications: Eight-Year Forecast by Type of Ink/Paste
    5.4 Silver Inks/Pastes for RFID and Sensors by Type of Printing Process
    5.5 Key Points from this Chapter

    Chapter Six:  Ongoing Opportunities for Silver Pastes in Thick-Film Electronics
    6.1 Thick-Film Opportunities:  Back to the Future
    6.2 Trends in Membrane Switches
    6.3 Trends in Silver for PCBs
    6.4 Other Thick-Film Applications
    6.5 Eight-Year Forecast of Silver Inks and Pastes Usage in Thick Film Applications
    6.6 Key Points from this Chapter
    Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report
    About the Author

    List of Exhibit

    Exhibit E-1: Silver Inks and Pastes:  Business Environment and Strategies    
    Exhibit E-2: Summary of the Market for Silver Inks and Pastes, by Application 2014-2021    
    Exhibit E-3: GRAND TOTAL Summary of the Market for Silver Inks and Pastes, by Ink/Paste Composition and Type 2014-2021    
    Exhibit E-4: Summary of the Market for Silver Inks and Pastes, by Printing Method 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 2-1: Use of High-Fire and Low-Temperature Silver Pastes, by Application    
    Exhibit 2-2: Advantages and Disadvantages of Nanosilver Compared to Conventional Printed Silver    
    Exhibit 2-3: Competing Materials to Silver, by Application    
    Exhibit 2-4: Silver Ink and Paste Suppliers and Target Applications    
    Exhibit 2-5: DuPont Strategy for PV Applications    
    Exhibit 3-1: Alternative Technologies to Reduce or Replace Silver in PV    
    Exhibit 3-2: Opportunities for Printed Silver in TFPV    
    Exhibit 3-3: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in Crystalline Silicon (c-Si) and Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin Layer (HIT) PV    
    Exhibit 3-4: Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in TFPV (all types) by PV Technology 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 3-5: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in TFPV (all types) 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 3-6: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in PV Applications by Printing Method 2014-2021
    Exhibit 3-7: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in PV Applications by Ink Type 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 4-1: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Displays, by Display Type (2014-2021)    
    Exhibit 4-2: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in Displays by Ink Type 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 4-3: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in Displays, by Ink/Paste Type and Printing Method (2014-2021)    
    Exhibit 4-4: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in OLED Lighting by Ink Type  2014-2021    
    Exhibit 4-5: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in OLED Lighting 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 5-1: Prospects for Printed Silver in Sensor/IoT Applications    
    Exhibit 5-2: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in RFID and Sensors 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 5-3: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in RFID Antennas by Ink Type  2014-2021    
    Exhibit 5-4: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in Sensors by Ink Type 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 5-5: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in RFID Antennas by Printing Method 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 5-6: Eight Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes for Sensor Applications 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 6-1: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes for Traditional Thick-Film Applications 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 6-2: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes for Traditional Thick-Film Applications by Printing Method 2014-2021    
    Exhibit 6-3: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes in Traditional Thick-Film Applications by Ink Type 2014-2021

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