Thin films are traditionally defined as films with a thickness below 5 microns. The global market for thin film technologies (including equipment, materials and services) is estimated to be valued at over $70 billion in 2016 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 below 30 nanometers or those with a thickness measured in atoms.
There are many 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, chemical and printing methods, and find application in the fabrication process of numerous devices within several industrial sectors (including electronics, optoelectronics, mechanical/chemical, sensors and instrumentation, energy, optical coatings and life sciences).
At the time of BCC Research’s last report (SMC057B, February 2012), the global market for thin film materials was valued at $9.3 billion and growing at a healthy rate. Since then, the industry has continued to evolve in important ways. The microelectronics sector is experiencing important changes in technology, which is leading to a drop in sales of thin film materials, while utilization of thin films in other sectors is expanding, as new applications enter commercialization. The principal reason for doing this study is to present a current assessment of the thin film material industry from both a technological and market point of view and to outline future trends and key developments.
There is also a need to evaluate the current status and future trends of this market from a global standpoint. As use of thin film materials expands and new fields of application emerge, information on the suppliers and developers of these materials and their regional distribution becomes more valuable.
An equally important reason for undertaking this study is to provide technical insights into thin film manufacturing by:
– Providing a review of material types, their applications and deposition methods.
– Identifying current technological trends
– Providing an overview of the main global R&D activities related to thin film technology, resulting in the issuance of patents.
– Illustrating the latest technological developments.
This information can assist companies in identifying opportunities for process and productivity improvements and new product development, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.
SCOPE OF REPORT
This report provides an updated review of thin film technologies, including materials and production processes, and identifies current and emerging applications for these technologies.
BCC Research delineates the current market status for thin film materials, defines trends and presents growth forecasts for the next five years. The thin film material market is analyzed based on the following segments: deposition technology, film thickness, application and region. In addition, technological issues, including key events and the latest process developments, are discussed.
More specifically, the market analysis conducted by BCC Research for this report is divided into five sections.
In the first section, an introduction to the topic and a historical review of thin film technology are provided, including an outline of recent events. In this section, current and emerging applications for thin and ultrathin films are also identified and grouped in segments (electronics, optoelectronics, energy, life sciences, mechanical/chemical, optical coatings, sensors and instrumentation, and others).
The second section provides a technological review of thin films. This section offers a revised and detailed description of traditional and emerging materials used to manufacture thin and ultrathin films, typical fabrication methods and innovative deposition processes, and production methods for free-standing thin films. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments since 2014, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for, as well as highlighting the most active research organizations operating in this field. This part of the study also offers a brief discussion of the most relevant technological trends related to the materials used for thin film deposition.
The third section entails a global market analysis of materials for thin and ultrathin films. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented for each segment (application, deposition technology, film thickness and region), with actual data referring to the years 2014 and 2015, and estimates for 2016.
The analysis of current thin film material revenues is followed by a detailed presentation of market growth trends, based on industry growth, technological trends and regional trends. The third section concludes by providing projected revenues for thin film materials within each segment, together with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for the period 2016 through 2021.
In the fourth section of the study, which covers global industry structure, the report offers a list of the leading manufacturers of thin film materials, together with a description of their products. The analysis includes a description of the geographical distribution of these firms and an evaluation of other key industry players. Detailed company profiles of the top players are also provided.
The fifth and final section includes an analysis of recently issued U.S. patents, with a summary of patents related to thin film materials, deposition methods and applications. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category and deposition process.
– An overview of the global markets, technologies, and materials relating to ultrathin films.
– Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014 and 2015, estimates for 2016 and projections of CAGRs through 2021.
– A review of the most common materials used for each thin film deposition process and identify new materials.
– Information about new technological developments in the fabrication of thin films.
– A look at several fields of application for thin film technologies and investigate emerging applications.
– Relevant patent analysis.
– An updated review of current producers of thin film materials.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY
SCOPE OF REPORT
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
Chapter 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Chapter 3 OVERVIEW
Chapter 4 TECHNOLOGIES AND MATERIALS FOR THIN AND ULTRATHIN FILMS
Chapter 5 GLOBAL MARKETS
Chapter 6 GLOBAL INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
LEADING SUPPLIERS OF THIN FILM MATERIALS
OTHER PLAYERS IN THE THIN FILM INDUSTRY
AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS
CORNING PRECISION MATERIALS KOREA
JX NIPPON MINING & METALS
Chapter 7 PATENT ANALYSIS
SUMMARY OF RECENTLY AWARDED PATENTS
TRENDS BY COUNTRY AND REGION
TRENDS BY ASSIGNEE
TRENDS BY PATENT CATEGORY
TRENDS BY DEPOSITION METHOD
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