New Smart Windows Market Report from n-tech Research Predicts $2.6 Billion in Revenues by 2026

Richmond, Virginia: Industry analyst firm n-tech Research has just issued its latest global smart windows market report.  In the report the firm notes that while the smart windows business has failed to achieve the revenues and market acceptance once predicted, the coming decade may finally produce what has eluded the space for so long.  The growing global focus on reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions and meeting net zero mandates will result in demand for a range of technologies such as electrochromics, solar, sensors and software for building controls.  Government mandates combined with incentives and development of advanced building materials and technologies will serve as powerful drivers which will, in turn, grow the smart windows market from around $300 million in 2021 to 2.6 billion in 2026.

Additional details about the new n-tech Research smart windows markets report are available at: https://www.ntechresearch.com/market-reports/smart-windows-market-opportunities/ 

Just over a decade ago, smart windows were seen as a viable technology and a market to invest in. But despite the messaging of improved energy efficiency and improvements to working conditions within offices, revenues and market acceptance failed to materialize.  The huge amounts of money raised by electrochromic window supplier, View, showed that the smart windows market was a story about dreams and possibilities versus actual product sales and market growth.

In addition to net zero mandates that make smart windows a consideration, trends in smart cities and smart buildings and developments in materials/coating technology that will lead to even further improved cost/performance ratios in smart windows may offer additional hope to the sector.  However, the report warns that if smart windows fail to take off in a smart windows/smart cities environment or are seen as less attractive than other carbon reduction technologies they will remain a niche business forever.

 

About the report:

This report analyzes and forecasts the worldwide smart windows market over the coming decade. The smart windows technologies that are covered include electrochromic glass, SPD (suspended particle device systems), PDLC and newer variants on liquid crystal; notably the new smart windows technology from Merck.  The dominant smart windows technology is electrochromic (EC) and includes product offerings from Brite Solar, EControl-X, ChromoGenics, Finnglass, Heliotrope Technologies, Kinestral Technologies, Miru Smart Technologies, SageGlass and View.  These and other prominent smart windows firms are profiled in the report.

This report goes further than other reports on smart windows opportunities by analyzing the specific opportunities for smart windows in office buildings, retail/stores, industrial buildings, multitenant buildings, single family homes, hotels and the hospitality sector, healthcare, airports (a particular favorite of the smart windows industry), educational institutions and greenhouses.  We also provide a review of the status of smart windows in cars and aircraft. And this new n-tech report also includes a granular ten-year forecast for the revenues and volumes from smart windows shipments likely. Break outs of these forecasts are provided for major applications and technologies. The report also discusses the costs trends for the smart windows markets.

From the report:

    • A strong driver for the renewed interest is that smart windows are being repositioned as part of an emerging smart building meme. This includes enabling integration with older building networking platforms such as Modbus, BACNet or (for more functionality) smart windows vendor proprietary networks. Taking this to the next stage smart windows will become part of edge networks in smart buildings or smart cities through the use of smart windows gateways.

 

    • Smart windows become smarter with the use of more sensors and then AI. The report suggests that sensors will find extensive use for real-time tint. Smart windows are now expected to change on a real-time basis in response to weather conditions and without human intervention and more importantly without delay. AI may also be employed to get smart windows to respond to changing human behaviors. Factors such as when people switch on lights, when they take a break, type of work they do at a particular time, etc. can be fed into advanced algorithms for real-time tint. SageGlass already has a model-based, predictive algorithm along with exterior sensors that dictate the tinting of glass.

 

    • We are seeing the beginnings of the next phase in the evolution of smart windows based on innovations in fabrication and materials technology. If these succeed, lower-cost EC glass will be established as an option in a broader range of buildings constructed without extravagant budgets.   Another aspect to this is the role that China or other lower cost manufacturing centers will play both in electronics and units much like it has done with the solar industry.

About n-tech Research:

Founded in 2003 as NanoMarkets, n-tech Research provides industry analysis and market forecasting of opportunities presented by advanced materials and their application in energy, electronics and other cutting edge market segments.  Leveraging the firm’s founders combined 70 years of experience, n-tech Research delivers carefully considered results to clients via its reports and services.

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Radiation Detection Materials and Equipment Markets To Reach $39.2 Billion Market in 2022

Glen Allen, VA: Industry analyst firm n-tech Research today announced its latest report titled “Radiation Detection Markets:  A Worldwide Forecast of Materials and Equipment – 2017 to 2026.”  This new study forecasts the market for radiation detection materials and equipment will reach $39.2 billion by 2026. The report is the latest in a series on radiation detection studies from n-tech that dates back to 2011.

For details on the report please visit, http://ntechresearch.com/product/radiation-detection-markets-a-worldwide-forecast-of-materials-and-equipment-2017-to-2026

About the Report:

This report provides n-tech’s latest forecasts and analysis of the radiation detection equipment and materials market. n-tech believes that this report will be a must-read for marketing, business development and product management executives at radiation detection business as within specialty chemical companies, electronics firms, medical systems suppliers and the energy industry.  The report:

Provides ten-year forecasts (in both volume and value terms) of both materials and equipment in key applications including medical, homeland security, military, R&D, oil and mining, nuclear power, scrap metal, food irradiation, etc.  The markets are also broken out by geography.

Offers insight into the status of a wide range of materials for detection of gamma rays, x-rays and neutrons. Materials that have been used for decades for gamma and x-ray detection are not going away, but replacement materials are on the horizon.  In the report we provide guidance on how regulatory changes and new materials development will provide major structural changes in the radiation detection materials market.

Includes coverage of a broad range of radiation detection equipment, from personal dosimeters and handheld devices to radiation detection portals, radiation detection networks and drone-mounted devices.  Special attention is given to emerging personal detection devices and the report also investigates, how new materials are being utilized to support the trend towards handheld detection

Identifies the product development strategies of leading equipment and materials suppliers The report also assess the commercial implications of how the latest radiation detection equipment  and materials are speeding up detection, reducing false alarms, and offering more accurate detection and data tracking.  The strategies of leading firms in the radiation detection market are also profiled.

From the Report:

Medical markets continue to dominate radiation detection.  In 2022, medical radiation equipment will account for 74 percent of the entire radiation detection market.  Factors supporting the market for radiation detection equipment include aging populations and regulations that increasingly limit the amount of radiation that patients can be exposed to and therefore require more detection equipment to support their enforcement

Viable substitutes for the standard radiation detection material, NaI, are generating rapidly growing revenues and will reach $2.4 billion by 2022.  These alternative materials now include CsI, CLYC, HPGe, boron, rare earths, silicates, tellurides and polymers.  The applications for all of these materials are extensively discussed the report.  The ultimate goal is a material with better resolution, faster decay time, better resistance to environment and radiation, while maintaining reasonable light yield and cost.  The LBNL scintillator website lists over 564 possible materials, but only a few of these are suitable for commercialization.
Portable radiation devices are becoming a hot item in almost every application, although the markets for these devices are often not huge by radiation detection equipment market standards. For example, about $100 million in revenues will be generated by personal radiation detectors (PRDs) in 2017 rising to $260 million in 2026.  However, Radio Isotope Identification Devices (RIIDs) are often handheld devices and by 2022 the market for RIIDs will exceed $800 million.

About n-tech Research

n-tech Research is the rebrand of industry analyst firm NanoMarkets.  The firm tracks and analyzes emerging markets in energy, electronics and other area created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts of the radiation detection market.

Contact:

Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030
rob@ntechresearch.com

Silver-based Inks, Pastes and Antimicrobial Coatings to Reach $7.5 billion by 2021

GLEN ALLEN, Virginia:  n-tech Research has announced the release of a new report titled, “Opportunities for Silver Inks, Pastes and Coatings: 2016 to 2025.  This report continues the firm’s coverage of the silver inks and pastes business that dates back to 2008 and also discusses high-value silver coatings opportunities (especially silver-based antimicrobials) where we see opportunities for firms that traditionally focus on the silver inks and pastes business.

Additional details about the report are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/product/opportunities-for-silver-inks-pastes-and-coatings-2016-to-2025

About the Report:

Silver inks and coatings suppliers have been seeking new growth opportunities with the maturation and/or decline of traditional business segments and the fluctuations with the solar power market. In this report, n-tech provides a guide to where these new and revived markets will be found.

The report examines where the opportunities are in traditional markets such as solar panels and PCBs, but also focuses on emerging opportunities such as the rise of the Internet-of-Things and wearables.  Will these markets take over as growth sectors for silver, as traditional PCB markets begin to fade?

Yet, another area that we analyze in this report is the antimicrobial sector.  Silver has long been recognized as a good microbial and the market for silver antimicrobial coatings is being boosted by concerns about hospital acquired infections and resistant microbes.  The question here is whether firms who have been traditionally in the inks and pastes business can transition into antimicrobials.

As with other n-tech 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, pastes and coatings firms.

From the report 

•    Although the “printed electronics revolution” never really happened, there is still plenty of talk about printed electronics, a new breed of jetted is emerging from major firms such as Cabot, Showa Denko, Ulvac and Sun Chemicals.  Several of these firms have offered nanosilver inks in the past, but now seem to be entering the market again with new products.  These inks will find initial markets in niche markets, such as PCB prototyping and chip interposers, as well as R&D.  However, by 2021, revenues from these new inks may reach more than $400 million as they find extensive use in IoT, sensors networks and wearables.

•    Revenues from antimicrobials using silver are expected to reach $0.9 billion by 2021. The driver here is the rise of microbes resistant to standard antimicrobials and also HAIs. n-tech also sees opportunities in the antimicrobials space stemming from materials innovations including silver nanocomposites and silver antimicrobials that can work on a variety of novel substrates.  For firms from an inks/pastes background the best strategies for antimicrobials are (1) to exploit manufacturing techniques developed in the inks and pastes sector and apply them to antimicrobials, and (2) attack markets such as consumer electronics and wearables.

•    Traditional thick-film applications will generate more than $3.0 billion in revenues for ink and paste makers in 2021 but with low margins and commoditization it would be no surprise to see the paste business shift to China in the next few years.

About n-tech:

n-tech Research is the rebrand of NanoMarkets.  Our firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts in advanced materials and novel energy sources. Visit http://www.ntechresearch.com for a full listing of the firm’s reports and other services.

Contact: 

Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030
rob@ntechresearch.com

Medical Ceramics Market will Reach $2.2 billion in 2021 According to New n-tech Research Study

Glen Allen, Virginia:  According to a new report from industry analyst firm n-tech Research, the global market for medical ceramic will grow to around $2.2 billion in revenue in 2021. The report titled, “Worldwide Medical Ceramic Markets 2016-2025” identifies the current and future opportunities in the medical ceramics space and provides guidance on the technical and regulatory framework in which these opportunities are arising.

Details about the report are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/product/worldwide-medical-ceramics-markets-2016-2025

About the Report:
This report analyzes the market for medical ceramics, a business that n-tech believes will major opportunity for both materials firms and medical device manufacturers in the coming decade.  It examines the latest products, with a special focus on product releases in the past year, as well as the recent technical developments in the medical ceramics space.  It also discusses the hurdles that medical ceramic products must overcome to achieve market acceptance, including the demands made by regulatory regimes in leading national and regional markets.

Medical ceramics is already established for orthopedic and dental implants; areas in which they provide patients with metals-free solutions.  This report shows how the revenue generation for medical ceramics can be extended to newer areas such the as healing of long segmental bone defects and to scaffold-guided bone replacements.

This report also provides n-tech’s assessments of the strategies of leading firms active in medical and dental ceramics space. In addition, the report contains granular ten-year forecasts of medical/dental ceramic shipments in volume and value terms, with breakouts by application, type of material and geographical region.

Materials covered include alumina, zirconia, silicon ceramics, hydroxyapatite, bioglass, piezoceramics, nanoceramics, and other materials.  Applications discussed in this report include, hip and knee implants; crowns, bridges and other dental implants; surgical and diagnostic tools, implantable electronic implants, and regenerative medicine.  Ceramics are an ideal material in these applications because of their wear resistance, inherent stability and excellent electrical properties.

Major firms that are discussed in the report include:  3M, Advanced BioHealing, Amedica, Bioengineering Laboratories, Bonesupport, CeramTec, CoorsTek Medical, Cytophil, Danaher, Dentsply-Sirona, DiscGenics, RegenScientific, DePuy Synthes, Heraeus Johnson & Johnson, Kinetic Concepts, MicroPort Orthopedics, Morgan Technical Ceramics, Straumann, Stryker and Zimmer Biomet

From the Report:
Since n-tech’s first report on medical ceramics in 2013, the medical community has become even more skeptical of with regard to the long-term performance and biocompatibility of metallic implants.  As a result we are continuing to see a major shift to ceramic implants. By 2021, the total value of ceramics used in implants will have reached $1.7 billion, going on to reach $2.6 billion by 2025.

Meanwhile, n-tech projects that revenues from ceramics used in regenerative medicine will reach $313 million by 2021 going on to reach more than $0.5 billion by 2025.  Of particular importance here is the rise of scaffold-guided tissue engineering for which ceramics is ideal because of its biocompatibility.  NanoMarkets also believes that ceramic powders using alumina and zirconia will be extensively used in the bone reconstruction market.

Although the medical ceramics business will be dominated by alumina, zirconia and hydroxyapatite, other materials are on the rise.  For example, bioglass is expected to reach almost $240 million in sales by 2021, compared with around $120 million today.

This n-tech report suggests further that – among other markets — bioglass will prove useful in orthopedic reconstructions as part of trauma treatment and spinal surgery.  The report also expects nanoceramics to do well.  In fact many in vitro studies have shown that bone-forming cells called osteoblasts have proliferated on substrates with nanoceramic particles and coatings. However, there are still infection risks with nanoceramics that have yet to be addressed.

About n-tech:
n-tech Research is the rebrand of NanoMarkets LC  Our firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts for advanced materials markets.

See http://www.ntechresearch.com for a full listing of the firm’s reports and other services.

Contact:
Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030
rob@ntechresearch.com

n-tech Report Projects Medical Polymer Market to Reach $2.9 Billion by 2021

Glen Allen, Virginia:  According to a new report from industry analyst firm n-tech Research, the global market for medical polymers will grow to over $2.9 billion in revenue in 2021. The report titled, “Worldwide Medical Polymer Markets 2016-2025” identifies the current and future opportunities in the medical polymers space and provides guidance on the technical and regulatory framework in which these opportunities are arising.

Details about the report are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/product/worldwide-medical-polymer-markets-2016-2025

About the Report:

This new report provides deep strategic insight into how the polymer industry can generate new business revenues in medical and healthcare applications. These perspectives are backed up with numerous forecasts in both revenues and volume (Kg) terms.  The report also sets out n-tech’s views on which polymers are likely to do best in the market.

The report reviews the markets for medical polymers used for medical applications, including developing implants, diagnostic systems, and hospital labware,  It also provides an analysis of the current technical trends in medical polymers including polymer production and evaluation for clinical approval, as well as a deeper understanding of key medical products and their future.

The report also profiles the relevant activities of major companies manufacturing medical polymers and insight into the geographical distribution of the medical polymer market including details of national regulatory requirements for countries where sophisticated medical polymers are widely used.  Firms discussed in the report include, Celanese, Covestro, Dow Corning, DowDupont, DSM, Eastman Chemical, Evonik, Solvay and many others.

From the Report: 

  • Implants currently consume about half the medical polymers produced and are expected to account for around $1.7 billion in polymer sales by 2021. Polymers have been penetrating the implant market because they are lower cost and lighter weight than metal alternatives, such as titanium. But they also benefit from aging population and enabling technologies, especially medical imaging.
  •  Similar trends are driving the markets for polymers used in diagnostic systems will reach more $1 billion in 2021. Diagnostic technologies are an inevitable part of health management programs today and currently most diagnostic procedures are rapid, multi-assays in which plastics have become indispensable. The growth prospects in this sector are thus especially strong.
  •  Medical polymer revenues are spread over a large range of polymers.  By far the biggest contributor to revenues is PMMA, which will generate $745 million in 2021.  PS/styrenics, LDPE and PEEK are also important commercial medical polymers – combined, these four types of polymer will account for 54 percent of the medical polymer market by 2021.  The report also identifies some high margin markets.
  • The last decade has also seen the rise of biodegradable polymers and n-tech believes that current trend indicate that, entire prostheses soon will be developed from these materials. While they will not be used to manufacture diagnostic products, biodegradable polymers will be incorporated into implants and even some clinical labware. There is also some additional interest in discovering new biodegradable polymers for medical applications, but investment in this area is limited due to the need to complete extensive long-term studies in order to validate new materials.

About n-tech:

n-tech Research is the rebrand of NanoMarkets LC  Our firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts for advanced materials markets.  See

http://www.ntechresearch.com for a full listing of the firm’s reports and other services.

Contact:

Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030
rob@ntechresearch.com

Industry Analyst Firm NanoMarkets Announces Rebrand as n-tech Research

Glen Allen, VA: Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets has rebranded to n-tech Research. The firm’s focus while remaining within areas of advanced materials, energy and electronics has expanded to address the growing trend towards smarter materials and surfaces.   n-tech Research sees smart materials growing in importance over the next several years particularly driven by the internet of things (IoT ) , smarter wearable electronics and a far more interconnected world.

With the adoption of its new brand, tagline and logo, n-tech Research has launched its new website at http://www.ntechresearch.com  The firm’s ownership and legal operating status as NanoMarkets LC remains unchanged.

Coverage Areas

n-tech Research’s focus areas will be directed towards

  • Smart Materials -coatings, surfaces
  • Radiation Detection-materials and systems
  • Glass-smart windows and glass, glazing, solar
  • OLEDs-Materials, displays, lighting and manufacturing
  • Emerging Electronics-sensors, wearables, power sources, smart lighting
  • Renewables-next generation photovoltaics, DSC, BIPV and OPV
  • Advanced Materials-transparent conductors, nanomaterials, conductive inks and pastes

The firm will continue to publish reports as its core business with additional offerings in services and consulting.

About n-tech Research

n-tech Research is the leading provider of market research and industry analysis for the advanced materials sector, with a special focus on the latest functional and smart materials.  The company is the next evolution of NanoMarkets and represents a rebrand and more from what has been an extremely successful firm that started back in 2004.

Our reports and services are designed to identify the latest business opportunities, whether they involve printing, coating, or patterning materials.  Our client roster is a who’s who of companies in specialty chemicals, materials, electronics applications and manufacturing.

Contact:

Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030
rob@ntechresearch.com

New NanoMarkets Report States that Smart Surfaces Will Be a $13.5 Billion Market by 2020

Glen Allen, Virginia:  NanoMarkets has announced the release of a new report titled, “Smart Surfaces Markets 2015-2022.”  The report says the smart surfaces market will grow to around $13.5 billion by 2020 and scale to almost $30 billion in 2022. The report follows a January 2015 release on smart coatings markets.

More details on the report are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/product/smart-surfaces-markets-2015-2022

About the Report:

“Smart surfaces,” change their function or form in response to outside stimuli.  They have attracted attention from the R&D community for a decade and are now being commercialized.   Smart walls, floors, car bodies, and cell phone cases and other smart surfaces are rapidly emerging business opportunities and this report shows where they will generate new business revenues in the construction, energy, transportation, medical, electronics and military/domestic security sectors.

This report includes eight-year forecasts in both volume and value ($ millions) terms for each end-user sector, with breakouts for major types of smart surfaces such as self-cleaning surfaces, energy-generating surfaces, self-repairing surfaces, etc.  In addition, the report also assesses the R&D and marketing strategies of the leading firms that are active in the commercialization of smart coatings.

Firms discussed in the report include: 3M, ATFI, BASF, Balcony Systems, Bayer, Clariant, Debiotech, Dow, DSM, Duco, Ecoways, General Motors, Gentex, HzO, Johnson Controls, Jotun, Lauzon, McLaren, nanoShell, Nanotrons, Nanovation, nGimat, Nippon Paint, P2i, PEL, Photocat, Pilkington, Pleotint, PPG, RavenBrick, Research Frontiers, Saint-Gobain,
SeePoint Technology, Senseg, Sherwin-Williams, SLIPS Technologies, Specialty Coating Systems, Svaya Nanotechnologies, Sunpartner, SWITCH Materials, Toyota, Välinge, Volkswagen and Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems

From the Report:

The biggest market for smart surfaces will come in the transportation sector, which will clock up $4.1 billion in revenues from smart surfaces in 2020 for products sold cars, trucks, aircraft and marine vessels. This is also one of the most active areas for the development of smart surfaces with the active involvement of such major firms as Bayer, General Motors, Johnson Controls, Toyota, and Bayer.  Although, there is much talk about smart windows in the automotive space, NanoMarkets sees the major opportunities emerging in smart self-repairing car bodies and smart surfaces on vehicles that provide superlative protection from corrosion and ice.

The construction industry will spend $3.6 billion on smart surface products in 2020.  About one-third of these revenues, NanoMarkets believes, will come from smart solar surfaces.  These surfaces include both photovoltaic panels that are monolithically integrated into roofs and windows and self-cleaning solar panels that can rid themselves of dust and dirt and thereby increase their energy conversion efficiency.  Self-cleaning walls, windows and other surfaces are also expected to be money-spinners.

Since smart surfaces often require fine patterning to create their required functionality, the smart surfaces “revolution” may breath new life into nano-manufacturing technologies such as dip-pen nanolithography (DPN) and nanoimprint lithography (NIL), which have been confined to application markets for at least a decade.  DPN especially has characteristics that will make it of growing importance for creating smart surfaces.  One is DPN’s relatively low cost. Another is that DPN applications already include some that seem highly relevant to smart surfaces  — these include biosensors, nanosensors, rapid prototyping and metamaterials.

About NanoMarkets:

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging markets in energy, electronics and other area created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts in a number of sectors around “smart” technology, sensors and next generation electronics. Visit https://www.ntechresearch.com for a full listing of NanoMarkets’ reports and other services.

Contact:

Robert Nolan
NanoMarkets
(804) 938-0030
rob@nanomarkets.net

Silver Nanowire Transparent Conductors to Become a $500 Million Market

Glen Allen, VA:  The market for silver nanowire (Ag NW) transparent conductor (TC) materials, currently riding the wave of applications for touch sensors, is projected to rise from $41 million in 2015 to about $158 million by 2018 and $485 million by 2022. Along the way, other end markets will catch up to provide good revenue opportunities for Ag NW TCs, most notably solar PV to OLED displays, according to industry analyst firm NanoMarkets. Details of the new report, “Market Opportunities for Silver Nanowire Transparent Conductors, 2015-2022” including a downloadable excerpt, are available at:  http://ntechresearch.com/product/market-opportunities-for-silver-nanowire-transparent-conductors-2015-2022 

About the Report:

This report analyzes the latest developments in Ag NW transparent conductor technologies, their advantages and drawbacks, and what we see as their potential adoption in various key end markets. The goal is to examine the advantages and latest improvements seen in Ag NWs, and apply that to opportunities in various and changing end applications — and thus identify revenue potential. We also examine the trend of vertical integration that has especially emerged within the Ag NW sector, and the claimed advantages for each company’s strategy therein.

This report also examines the products and companies that supply them to the major market segments; mainly with emphasis on the trio of main Ag NW TC companies and their supply chain. Companies discussed include:  Cambrios, Carestream, Cima, 3M, ClearJet, InkTec, Armor Group, Atmel, Blue Nano, CN Innovations, Heraeus, InTouch Technology, Innova Dynamics, SABIC, Seashell Technology, and Synaptics.

Highlights from the Report:

  • Ag NW TCs appear to be on the verge on some interesting market transformations. In touch sensors, Ag NWs have established a presence in smaller format touch panels, but they are increasingly being improved to go up to larger touch panels and compete with metal mesh TCs (and vice versa, fending off metal meshes moving to smaller formats).
  • However, there are perceived limits to how far the touch display paradigm can be pushed, including the emergence of other interface designs such as gesture control. Thus, Ag NW companies are returning their attention to thin-film solar PV, as well as new markets for OLED displays and lighting where transparency and flexibility requirements would be checkmarks in Ag NWs’ favor.
  • A number of ongoing issues are said to still plague Ag NW TCs, from haze to silver migration and environmental instability. Many of these descriptions are of an anecdotal nature, with rather a feel of competitive saber-rattling to them. Such criticisms also are not unique to any one group of TC technology suppliers — including Ag NW suppliers’ thoughts on competitive TC technologies.
  • Other metals besides silver, such as gold or copper, continue to be explored as nanowire/nanostructures for TCs but have yet to show real commercial promise. Other R&D is exploring other Ag NW capabilities such as stretchability and fatigue, as well as different electrode patterns. These have some relevance to flexible displays — and even more importantly, in the context of wearable electronics.

About NanoMarkets:

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging markets in energy, electronics and other area created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts of the BIPV sector and the PV sector more generally. Visit https://www.ntechresearch.com for a full listing of NanoMarkets’ reports and other services.

Contact:

Robert Nolan
NanoMarkets
(804) 938-0030
rob@nanomarkets.net

Worldwide Radiation Detection Material Markets to Surpass $2.6 billion in 2022

Glen Allen, VA: Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets today announced the release of a new report titled, “Radiation Detection Materials Markets: 2015-2022” that states that the market for radiation detection materials (Scintillator crystals, thin film scintillators, semiconductors and neutron detection materials) will grow from $1.8 billion (USD) to over $2.6 billion on 2020 and approach $3 billion (USD) in 2022.  The report is the next in a series from the firm on radiation detection that dates back to 2011.  Recent reports include opportunity analyses of radiation detection equipment in defense and homeland security, medical and health care and industrial applications.

Details about the report, including a downloadable excerpt are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/product/radiation-detection-materials-markets-2015-2022

About the Report:

This report provides insight into the status of a wide range of materials for detection of gamma rays, x-rays and neutrons. Materials that have been used for decades for gamma and x-ray detection are not going away, but replacement materials are on the horizon. Restrictions on the use of helium-3 continue to drive a need for other materials for neutron detection. Materials such as CLYC (Cs2LiYCl6), that can detect both gamma rays and neutrons, are very compelling and have received a lot of attention lately. We discuss the commercial prospects of CLYC and other materials that have the potential to change the radiation detection materials industry. Notable materials include strontium iodide and cadmium zinc telluride (CZT).

Companies addressed in the report include: Acrorad, Canberra, CapeSym, Dynasil, GE Healthcare, Hamamatsu, Hilger Crystals, Kromek, ORTEC, Philips Healthcare, RMD, Saint-Gobain, Symetrica, Varian, and Zecotek Photonics.

This report includes granular eight-year forecasts of radiation detection materials, looking both at volume of material required and revenues. Forecasts are broken down by material type, application, and geography.

Highlights

  • Needs of the domestic security and medical imaging industries are driving improvements to existing materials and development of new materials. The ultimate goal is a material with better resolution, faster decay time, better resistance to environment and radiation, while maintaining reasonable light yield and cost.
  •   There will still be a demand for established materials like sodium iodide, cesium iodide, and plastic scintillators. Growth in the end markets more than makes up for increased penetration of newer materials.
  •   Lanthanum bromide is seeing increased use, especially in security applications, and we expect this trend to continue, though growth will be somewhat tempered by its high cost. But Saint-Gobain Crystals owns sole rights for commercial production. Any company that can come up with a material that equals LaBr3 in performance but beats it in price will find itself a winner.
  •  CLYC has gotten a lot of attention but has yet to prove itself, having fallen somewhat short on its promise use as a dual function gamma ray and neutron detector. In the short term, it is a viable replacement for 3He in neutron detection.
  •  CZT may be on the verge of overcoming previous difficulties with crystal growth that have kept costs too high for many commercial applications. If costs come down, this semiconductor material has excellent growth potential.
  • Some new materials might find themselves on a fast track to commercial success. Promising entrants include lutetium fine silicate, patented by Zecotek, for gamma detection (especially for medical imaging) and6LiF/ZnS for neutron detection.

About NanoMarkets:

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging markets in energy, electronics and other area created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts of the radiation detection market. Visit https://www.ntechresearch.com for a full listing of NanoMarkets’ reports and other services.

Metal Mesh Transparent Conductors Projected to Become a $560 million (USD) Market in 2020

Glen Allen, VA:  The market for metal mesh transparent conductors will surge from $55 million in 2015 to $280 million in 2018, continuing to $1 billion by 2022, thanks the continued proliferation of touchscreen technologies but also a number of smaller markets that emphasize large-size panels where meshes’ advantages can be exploited, according to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets. Details of the new report, “Market Opportunities for Metal Meshes as Transparent Conductors, 2015-2022” including a downloadable excerpt, are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/product/market-opportunities-for-metal-meshes-as-transparent-conductors-2015-2022

About the Report:

Metal mesh transparent conductors have come into their own in the past year, clearly emerging as a serious alternative to widely used indium tin oxide (ITO) due to advantages in conductivity, flexibility, configuration, and reduced costs. Principally this technology has emerged in the touch screen sensor space, but meshes’ superior ability to effectively spread voltage across a large panel is drawing attention to other applications: from longtime use in thin-film solar PV and digital signage, to more recent forays into OLED lighting, antennas, EMI/RFI, and transparent heating elements.

At the same time, metal mesh TCs still have to overcome some disadvantages, from visibility of grid lines to the problem of “moiré” pattern effects, although newer iterations of metal mesh TCs seem to be solving these issues. Metal meshes also require significant and costly customization for displays. Efforts to replace silver with copper in metal meshes have proved quite challenging. These factors, plus some recent news and rumors of setbacks in this sector — Atmel shuttering its XSense business, UniPixel’s continued delays, reports of slow business at O-Film and Fujifilm — suggest metal meshes might not penetrate the TC market as fast as once hoped.

In this report, NanoMarkets analyzes the latest developments in metal mesh TC technology and what we see as the market opportunities, and thus revenue potential, across several key end application sectors. We also compare and contrast metal meshes against the other alternative TC technologies (silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes, conductive polymers, other metal oxides) as well as the incumbent and dominant ITO, to gauge how such market opportunities might be apportioned. The analysis in this report is based on NanoMarkets’ extensive program covering the transparent conductor sector for the past decade.

Companies and products supplying the major market segments that are discussed in this report include:  3M, Atmel, Dai Nippon Printing, Epigem, Fujifilm, Hitachi Chemical, JTouch, Konica Minolta, O-Film/Suzhou NanoGrid, PolyIC, Rolith, Toppan Touch, UniPixel, Visual Planet, Young Fast, and Zytronic.

About NanoMarkets:

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging markets in energy, electronics and other area created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts of the transparent conductor sector. Visit https://www.ntechresearch.com for a full listing of NanoMarkets’ reports and other services.

Contact:

Robert Nolan
NanoMarkets
(804) 938-0030
rob@nanomarkets.net