This latest report quantifies the market opportunities for silver inks and pastes in electronics applications over the next eight years. In the report, we consider how the industry’s latest commercial strategies and technical developments, as well as the persistent environment of high silver prices, which has been in effect for over 18 months now, have affected the market for printed silver in electronics. We identify the applications in which printed silver will generate revenue for the industry in the near- and mid-term, and we examine the key players in the silver inks/pastes markets. The report provides granular, eight-year volume and revenue forecasts for this business by application and by material.
Printed silver, with its superior conductivity, stability, and ease-of-use in printing applications, has long held a critical place in electronics applications, and suppliers of printable silver materials have enjoyed a fortunate history of new applications – home electronics, computers and displays, photovoltaics, etc. – for their materials. In the report, we consider the following, shifting, opportunities for silver inks and pastes:
• We examine the traditional electronics applications for printed silver – circuit boards, membrane switches, resistive heaters, keyboards, etc. – and look for opportunities for thick-film silver pastes to continue to make money.
• We review the changes in the photovoltaics industry and discuss how changes in the business environment are damaging the growth of printed silver in this sector.
• We look for rising applications – in OLEDs, in other new kinds of displays, and in sensors for pervasive electronics – that may be able to make up for losses elsewhere.
• Finally, we consider whether the nanosilver revolution will ever happen, or if it is time to give up on nanosilver-based electronics.
Applications for printed silver covered by this report include: thick-film electronics (printed circuit boards, membrane switches, keyboards, resistive heaters, discrete electronic components, and other printed circuitry applications), displays (plasma and other displays), OLEDs (both lighting and displays), PV, sensors, and RFIDs.
NanoMarkets has been covering this sector now for more than six years, and this is latest in our ongoing series of industry analysis on silver materials used in various applications.
E.1 Major Changes Since NanoMarkets' 2012 Report on Silver Inks and Pastes
E.1.1 Persistently High Silver Prices: The New Reality for Silver Inks and Pastes?
E.1.2 Other Major Changes
E.2 Where is the Money in Silver Inks and Pastes?
E.2.1 Finding Opportunities in Old Applications
E.2.2 Are There New Applications Markets to Be Had for Silver Inks and Pastes?
E.2.3 Is Nanosilver Over?
E.3 Key Firms to Watch in the Silver Inks and Pastes Industry
E.3.1 Companies to Watch
E.3.2 The Importance of China
E.4 Summary of the Eight-Year Forecasts for Silver Inks and Pastes
Chapter One: Introduction
1.1.1 The Silver Price Problem
1.1.2 Notable Recent Developments
1.1.3 Continuing Prospects for Silver in Established and New Markets
1.1.4 Will the Nanosilver Revolution Ever Happen?
1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report
1.3 Methodology of this Report
1.4 Plan of this Report
Chapter Two: Silver Inks and Pastes: Technology, Products and Key Suppliers
2.1 Are High Silver Prices Here to Stay?
2.2 The Future of Silver-Based Electronic Inks and Pastes
2.2.1 Screen-Printing Pastes for Thick-Film Applications
2.2.2 High-Fire vs. Low-Fire Pastes
2.2.3 Silver Inks
2.2.4 Will There Ever Be a Role for Nanosilver?
2.3 The Future of Competitive Materials
2.3.1 Carbon Inks/Pastes and Carbon-Silver Mixtures
2.3.2 Copper as Competition for Silver
2.3.3 Other Metals?
2.3.4 Carbon Nanomaterials, Conductive Polymers, and Other Emerging Threats to Printed Silver
2.4 Key Suppliers of Silver Inks and Pastes
2.4.1 Recent Developments in the Supply Chain
2.4.2 Overview of Notable Suppliers
2.4.3 Likely Future Competition from China
2.5 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Three: Applications for Silver Inks and Pastes
3.1 Thick Film Electronics and Printed Silver
3.1.1 Printed Circuit Boards
3.1.2 Membrane Switches
3.1.4 Resistive Heaters
3.1.5 Surface-Mounted Components
3.2 Photovoltaic Panels
3.2.1 The New Economic Reality in the PV Industry
3.2.2 Impact of the Declining Usage of Silver in PV on the Silver Inks and Pastes Industry
3.3 Printed Silver in Displays and Lighting
3.3.1 Plasma Displays: What Will the Decline of Plasma Mean for the Silver Inks and Pastes Market?
3.3.2 LCDs and Silver
3.3.3 E-Paper Displays and Silver
3.3.4 Silver and Touch Displays
3.3.5 Silver and the Rise of OLEDs
3.4 Other Likely Applications for Printed Silver
3.4.3 Role for Printed Silver in Ubiquitous Electronics
3.5 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Four: Eight-Year Forecasts for Silver Inks and Pastes
4.1 Forecasting Methodology
4.1.1 General Methodology
4.1.2 Scope of the Forecast
4.1.3 Data Sources
4.1.4 Pricing Assumptions
4.1.5 Other Assumptions and Changes from Previous NanoMarkets' Reports
4.1.6 Alternative Scenarios
4.2 Forecasts for Silver Inks and Pastes by Application
4.2.1 Thick-Film Electronics
4.2.2 PV Applications
4.2.3 Displays –PDPs, Touch, LCDs, e-Paper, and OLEDs
4.2.4 OLED Lighting
4.3 Eight-Year Forecasts for Silver Inks and Pastes by Material
4.3.1 Screen-Printing Pastes by Application
4.3.2 Nanosilver Inkjet Inks by Application
4.3.3 Flexographic, Gravure, and Other Inks by Application
4.4 Summaries of the Silver Inks and Pastes Forecasts
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used in This Report
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