Dallas, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/23/2012 -- The global market for thin film materials increased from $6.9 billion in 2009 to nearly $8.4 billion in 2010 and it is estimated to be valued at nearly $9.3 billion in 2011. BCC projects this market to reach nearly $14.9 billion by 2016 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10%.
Chemical processes (including chemical vapor deposition, liquid-phase deposition and plating-type deposition methods) accounted for 54.8% of all revenues in 2011 and was around $5.1 billion. This market is further expected to grow to $7.4 billion by 2016, a CAGR of 7.8%.
Physical processes (including evaporation, sputtering and ionic deposition) accounted for the remaining 45.2%, corresponding to total revenues of nearly $4.2 billion in 2011. This particular market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.3% to reach $7.5 billion by 2016.
Specifically, the major objectives of this study are-
- Provide an update on the most advanced processes employed for the fabrication of thin and ultrathin films.
- Provide an overview of the most common materials used for each thin film deposition process and identify new materials.
- Highlight new technological developments in the fabrication of thin films, while outlining technical issues.
- Review the several fields of application for thin film technologies and investigate emerging applications.
- Estimate current worldwide market for thin film materials, and forecast the growth for each market segment through 2016.
- Identify important technology and market trends within each market segment.
- Supply an updated review of current producers of thin film materials.
- Determine trends in U.S. patents and worldwide patents issued during the most recent years.
Reasons for doing the Study -
The global market for thin film technologies (including equipment, materials and services) is currently valued at more than $50 billion and continues to grow. On-going miniaturization in the semiconductor industry also impacts other sectors. As a result, there is a continuous effort to create components and products that are smaller, thinner, lighter and also, for certain applications, flexible. In addition, new developments in nanotechnology are also contributing to advances in materials and fabrication methods for producing very thin films, that is, those films below 30 nanometers or those with a thickness measured in atoms.
There are various types of thin film materials (e.g., metals, alloys, oxides, non-oxides, metalorganics and metal salts). These materials can be deposited by a variety of physical or chemical methods, and they find application in the fabrication process of numerous devices within several industrial sectors (including electronics, optoelectronics, mechanical/chemical, energy, optical coatings, life science and decorative coatings).
The principal reason for doing this study is to present a current assessment of the thin film material industry from both technological and market viewpoints and to outline future trends and key developments.
There is also a need to evaluate the current status and future trends of the thin film material industry from a global standpoint. As use of these materials expands and new fields of application emerge, information on regional production, sales and type of suppliers becomes more valuable.
An equally important reason for undertaking this study is to provide technical insights into thin film manufacturing by:
- Offering a review of material types, their applications and deposition methods.
- Providing an overview of the main global R&D activities, resulting in the issuance of patents, and related to thin film technology.
- Illustrating the latest technological developments.
This information can assist companies in identifying opportunities for process and productivity improvements, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.
This study will be of primary interest to all companies that
- Manufacture, sell and distribute materials for producing thin films.
- Fabricate thin film devices or coated products.
- Offer coating services to the thin film industry.
- Manufacture processing and characterization equipment (e.g., physical vapor deposition equipment, chemical vapor deposition equipment and analytical instruments) utilized by producers of thin films.
- Provide technical and/or marketing services for the thin film industry.
- Plan to enter the thin film industry as a supplier, manufacturer or end user.
This study applies to industry segments such as microelectronics, data storage media, advanced displays, mechanical/chemical, energy, optical coatings, life sciences and the general coating sector.
The study is directed mainly toward executives, directors, operations managers, sales and marketing managers and strategic planners working within the above industries. Universities and research facilities may also find this study to be a good source of technical information regarding thin film technology, materials and equipment, which can be used as a baseline for new or expanded R&D activities. Librarians of technical information and research centers can also use this report to provide critical data to product managers, market analysts, researchers and other professionals who need detailed and updated analysis of the thin film industry.
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