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NanoMarkets has been tracking the silver inks and pastes market for five years and is considered the premier supplier of business information to this sector of the printed electronics business. This report provides an entirely new look at the state of the silver inks and pastes industry in which we consider the impact of the ongoing worldwide economic problems and changing silver prices, along with the latest trends in the various applications sectors into which silver inks and pastes are sold. We have also expanded coverage from last year in a number of ways including more about both silver ink applications and the companies that produce them.
With all this in mind we take an entirely fresh look in this report at what the suppliers of silver inks are doing both in terms of how they are adapting their product ranges to the current market environment and the market strategies that they plan to employ in the future. One particular area of focus for us here is the future of nanosilver and other high-value inks. These products have now been available for several years and their theoretical advantages are well understood. Yet the market for such products has never seemed to take off in the way that some advocates of these inks hoped they might. Is this because of inadequate formulations? Or immature applications? Are nanosilver inks a product with a commercial future?
In this report, we also take a much closer look than ever before at the applications for silver inks and pastes. In particular, we examine the latest developments in the display and lighting space and how they are growing the opportunities for silver ink/paste makers. In addition, we have also added considerably on our analysis of the opportunities in the sensor and thick film applications sectors for silver formulations.
In this year's report we have provided additional coverage of the silver/ink and paste companies with an entirely new section on the small Asian companies that continue to be players in this space. As usual we have included a granular eight-year market forecast for silver inks and pastes that reflect today's market environment and price points.
E.1 Silver Inks and Pastes: Opportunities Despite the Recession
E.2 Silver Prices: A Great Opportunity for Specialist Inks?
E.3 One Last Chance for Nanosilver Inks?
E.4 Photovoltaics, Thick-Film, Plasma Displays and Lighting: The Applications That Matter
E.4.1 Growth Opportunities for Thick-Film Silver: Are There Any?
E.4.2 Photovoltaics: A Market in Decline?
E.4.3 Opportunities for Silver Inks/Pastes in Lighting and Displays
E.4.4 Other Opportunities: Sensors, RFID and Transparent Coatings
E.5 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Ink Markets
Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to this Report
1.1.1 Nanosilver: The Answer to High Silver Prices? Or Still an Academic Effort?
1.1.2 Applications for Silver Inks and Pastes: Where is the Growth?
1.1.3 The Silver Market
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 and Product Developments
2.1 Thick-Film Silver Pastes: Four Ways to Make Money in an Era of Rising Silver Prices
2.2 The Low-Cost Supplier Option: Easier Said Than Done
2.3 Could Silver Pastes Have a Rival?
2.3.1 Etched Copper vs. Printed Silver: Old Technology Could Become New Again
2.3.2 Copper Inks: Once and Future Products?
2.3.3 Will High Silver Prices Bring a Carbon Age: Prospects for Carbon Inks
2.3.4 Prospects for Carbon/Silver Hybrids
2.3.5 More on Silver Hybrid Inks and Paste Markets
2.4 Silver of Another Kind: Flakes and Nanoparticles
2.4.1 A Role for Nanosilver Pastes?
2.5 Wither Nanosilver Inks?
2.5.1 Nanosilver, Inkjet and the Future
2.5.2 How Do Nanosilver Inks Compete with Traditional Pastes?
2.5.3 Pricing of Nanosilver Inks
2.6 Prospects for Silver in Transparent Conductors
2.7 Environmental, Health, and Safety Concerns with Silver Inks
2.7.1 Concerns about Nanosilver
2.7.2 Future Regulation of Nanosilver?
2.7.3 Lead in Silver Inks
2.8 Significant Innovations in Ink and Paste Manufacturing
2.9 Key Points Made In This Chapter
Chapter Three: Applications and Markets for Silver Inks
3.1 Silver and Crystalline Silicon PV
3.1.1 Prospects for Silver in the Crystalline Silicon
3.1.2 Are There Substitutes for Silver in c-Si PV?
3.1.3 The Silver Lining in c-Si PV Front Electrodes
3.1.4 A Role for Nanosilver in c-Si?
3.1.5 Is There an Opportunity for Copper in c-Si?
3.2 TFPV and OPV: Silver's Future in Low-Cost PV
3.2.1 Silver Grids for TFPV
3.2.2 Silver in Back Electrodes for TFPV
3.2.3 Silver in Thin-Film Silicon PV
3.2.4 Silver in CdTe PV
3.2.5 Silver in CIGS PV
3.2.6 Silver in Organic and Dye-Sensitized Cell PV
3.3 Displays: Plasma's Appetite for Silver
3.3.1 Silver in Plasma
3.3.2 Silver in LCD and Other Types of Display Front Planes
3.3.3 Silver in Display Backplanes
3.3.4 Silver and Transparent Electrodes
3.4 OLED and EL Lighting: Printed Lights and Silver
3.4.1 OLEDs, Lighting and Silver
3.4.2 Bus Bars, OLED lighting and Silver
3.4.3 Transparent Electrodes in OLED Lighting
3.4.4 Silver in EL Lighting?
3.5 RFIDs and Silver
3.5.1 Silver for RFID Antennas and Interconnects
3.5.2 Is Silver Too Expensive for RFID?
3.6 Sensors and Silver
3.6.1 Uses of Printed Silver in Sensors
3.6.2 Sensors and Nanosilver Inks
3.6.3 Where are the Sweet Spots for Silver Ink/Paste Makers?
3.7 Remaining Opportunities in Traditional Thick-Film Applications for Printed Silver
3.7.1 Membrane Switches
3.7.3 Capacitors and Supercapacitors
3.7.4 Automotive Windshield and Mirror Heaters
3.8 Key Points Made in this Chapter
Chapter Four: Silver Ink Suppliers: Analysis of Strategies and Recent Developments
4.1 Advanced Nano Products (ANP) (Korea)
4.1.1 Silver Nanopastes
4.1.2 Nanosilver Ink for Inkjet
4.1.3 Ag/Pd Sol, Ag Paste
4.1.4 Our Take on ANP
4.2 Bayer MaterialScience (Germany)
4.2.1 Our Take on BayInk
4.3 Cambrios (U.S.)
4.3.1 Our Take on Cambrios
4.4 Cima NanoTech (U.S.)
4.4.1 Plasma Displays
4.4.2 Relationship with Toda Kogyo
4.4.3 Collaboration with Xaar and iTi
4.4.4 Our Take on CIMA NanoTech
4.5 Creative Materials (U.S.)
4.5.1 Our Take on Creative Materials
4.6 DuPont (U.S.)
4.6.1 Silver Bearing Conductors
4.6.2 Plasma TV Business
4.6.3 RF Devices
4.6.5 Other Applications
4.6.6 Our Take on DuPont
4.7 Ercon (U.S.)
4.7.1 Our Take on Ercon
4.8 ESL Electroscience (U.S.)
4.9 Ferro (U.S.)
4.9.1 Our Take on Ferro
4.10 Five Star Technologies (U.S.)
4.10.1 Our Take on Five Star
4.11 Harima Chemical (Japan)
4.11.1 Our Take on Harima
4.12 Henkel Electronics (Germany)
4.12.1 Our Take on Henkel
4.13 Heraeus (Germany)
4.13.1 Our Take on Heraeus
4.14 InkTec (Korea)
4.14.1 Our Take on InkTec
4.15 Methode Development Company (U.S.)
4.15.1 Our Take on Methode
4.16 NanoMas (U.S.)
4.16.1 Our Take on NanoMas
4.17 NovaCentrix (U.S.)
4.17.1 Photonic Curing
4.17.2 Our Take on NovaCentrix
4.18 PChem Associates (U.S.)
4.18.1 Our Take on PChem
4.19 Sun Chemical (U.S./Netherlands)
4.19.1 Our Take on Sun Chemical
4.20 Xerox (U.S.)
4.20.1 Our Take on Xerox
Chapter Five: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes Markets
5.1 Forecasting Methodology
5.1.1 Data Sources
5.1.2 Scope of Forecast
5.1.3 Alternative Scenarios
5.1.4 Pricing of Silver and Silver Inks
5.2 Forecasts of Silver Ink and Paste Markets by Application
5.2.3 Solid-State Lighting
5.2.6 Traditional Thick-Film Applications
5.3 Forecasts of Silver Ink Markets by Ink Type
5.3.1 Screen Printing with Conventional and Nanosilver Pastes
5.3.2 Jetted Inks: Nanosilver and Conventional
5.3.3 Inks for Flexo and Gravure: Conventional and Nano
5.3.4 Inks for Transparent Conductive Coatings
5.4 Summary of Market Forecasts
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used in this Report
About the Author
List of Exhibits
Exhibit E-1: Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes ($ Millions)
Exhibit 3-2: Specs for Nanosilver Inks in "All-Printed RFID
Exhibit 4-1: ANP Nanosilver Inks for Inkjet
Exhibit 4-2: Creative Materials: Silver Ink Product Range
Exhibit 4-3: DuPont's Technology Roadmap
Exhibit 4-4: Five Star Technologies: ElectroSperse Product Line
Exhibit 4-5: Henkel Electronics: Acheson Silver Inks
Exhibit 4-6: InkTec Silver Conductive Inks
Exhibit 4-7: Methode Silver Ink Conductive Ink Products
Exhibit 4-8: Specifications of NanoMas' Nanosilver Ink
Exhibit 4-9: NovaCentrix: Metalon Inks
Exhibit 5-1: Silver Consumption in Crystalline Silicon PV Cells
Exhibit 5-2: Silver Consumption in Thin-Film, Organic, and DSC PV Cells
Exhibit 5-3: Silver Consumption in PV by Printing Method ($ Millions)
Exhibit 5-4: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Ink Market: Plasma Displays
Exhibit 5-5: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Ink Market: Solid-State Lighting Applications
Exhibit 5-6: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Ink Market: RFID Applications
Exhibit 5-7: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Ink Market: Sensor Applications
Exhibit 5-8: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Ink Market: Traditional Applications
Exhibit 5-9: Eight-Year Forecasts of Conventional and Nanosilver Pastes for Screen Printing ($ Millions)
Exhibit 5-10: Eight-Year Forecasts of Jetted Silver Inks ($ Millions)
Exhibit 5-11: Eight-Year Forecasts of Conventional and Nanosilver Inks for Flexo, Gravure, and Other Printing ($ Millions)
Exhibit 5-12: Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks for Transparent Conductive Films ($ Millions)
Exhibit 5-13: Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Silver Inks and Pastes ($ Millions)
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