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Transparent Conductors

Transparent Conductors

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Transparent Conductor Markets 2010:ITO and the Alternatives
Published June 2010 © NanoMarkets, LC 
NanoMarkets, LCPO Box 3840Glen Allen, VA 23058Tel: 804-360-2967Web: www.nanomarkets.net
NanoMarkets, LC |PO Box 3840 |Glen Allen, VA 23058 |TEL: 804-360-2967|FAX: 804-270-7017
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The past year has seen important developments in the transparent conductors arena. While2009 was a year of risk aversion for the users of ITO and one of delay and reassessment forthe makers of alternative transparent conductors, in 2010 the specter of rising indium priceshas given the makers of alternative transparent conductors a more focused target onindustries that are both in the early stages of emergence and preparing to face performanceand cost pressures in the near future. This report thoroughly analyzes the opportunities forthese alternative transparent conductors as well as those for ITO to retain and even grow itsshare in some segments. In particular, we look at the future for ITO in the many applicationsin which final product prices are expected to decline, while ITO costs are expected to increase.How big a share of the BOM can ITO eat , before OEMs start turning to alternatives.Newer, emerging technologies like OLED lighting and OPV are recognizing that they mustadopt new transparent conducting materials
and soon
not only to keep costs in control butalso to boost performance and to enhance the flexibility that sets these technologies apartfrom those they compete with. In addition, the long-standing dissatisfaction of the touch-screen industry with ITO is again taking center stage as touch-screen technologies diverge intohigh-end and low-end varieties. The low-end touch-screens
mainly analog-resistive ones
continue to face durability issues with the repeated flexing of brittle ITO while cost issues areescalating as ITO returns to higher price points. Meanwhile, at the high-end of the touch-screen market the focus is turning toward improving optical and electrical performance,especially if doing so can provide pathways to lower cost as well. And newer transparentconductors are not limited to the electrodes in displays and touch-screens; they are alsobeginning to displace other materials for electromagnetic shielding and electrostatic chargedissipation.This is not to say that ITO is on the way out everywhere. I
ndeed, in ITO’s largest market by
conventional flat-panel displays, especially LCDs
process conservatism andperformance sensitivity will cause ITO to remain the dominant transparent conductor in thishuge market, and in the overall transparent conductor market, throughout the eight-yearscope of this report.With these considerations in mind, this report provides a new opportunity analysis against thebackdrop of the transparent conductor market landscape: ITO, the clear leader in both thelargest market
and in applications that are not yet commercial; other transparentconducting oxides (TCOs) that provide cost relief but little else; transparent organic
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conductors that are having a heyday in antistatic and other lower-performance applications;and the expanding field of nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes, graphene, metalnanowires and nanoparticles, and composite materials combining one or more of thesematerials, sometimes with others like ITO or organics. The report also explores the alternativeapproaches to ITO deposition, mainly the on-again, off-again efforts toward commercializingITO inks.This report is required reading for all suppliers of ITO and alternative transparent conductorsas well as for firms using transparent conductors
especially if considering a change to adifferent material or process
and investors in the transparent conductor companies,materials, and technologies. We discuss strategic marketing issues and provide forecasts othe market penetration of each of the transparent conductor classes, as well as discussing thelatest activities of the leading and most promising companies working in this field.

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