Organic Electronics Made Possible by Advanced Printing Techniques
Printing techniques such as gravure, inkjet, flexography and lithograph have enabled the development of various cost-efficient electronic equipment and multi-material parts. While novel-printing techniques have been employed primarily to produce consumer electronics such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), continuing technology and material advancements will extend its use to the wearable, automotive, building and architecture segments.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Organic Electronics Made Possible by Advanced Printing Techniques
Advanced Printing Techniques Enable
the Development of the Next Generation
of Organic Electronics
Research PREVIEW for
Novel Printing Techniques for Organic Electronics
The Full Analysis Features the Following Content
Topic Slide No.
Executive Summary 4
Innovation Landscape 10
Development of Printing Technologies 11
Printing Technologies for Organic
Printing Techniques Landscape 13
Industry Value Chain 19
Key Stakeholder Activities 20
Future Applications-Year of Impact 21
Market Projections 22
Printing Technologies and Applications 25
Topic Slide No.
Innovation Indicators 26
Patent Landscape 27
Funding Scenario 29
M&A Trends 30
Market Implications of Innovation 31
Business Opportunities 37
Investment Opportunities 38
Convergence Opportunities 39
Strategic Outlook 40
Year of Impact
Printing technologies has been widely adopted in consumer electronics products.
Currently this technology is used in OLED and photovoltaics. Different printing
technologies and development in functional fluid and inks are making inroads into this
sector and are expected to be adopted on a large scale by 2020.
The printing technology market is growing at a rapid pace, and this trend is expected to
increase in the coming years. The other factor fuelling this growth is the demand from new
market segments. The consumer electronics segment will remain the major source of
revenue for the industry.
The patent landscape is dominated by Samsung and LG, followed by Philips. South Korea
and China leads the pack with the maximum number of patents filed, followed by USA.
Companies are building a strong IP portfolio with patents related to advancement in
printing technologies. This is seen as one of the strategies employed by the companies to
maintain their competitive position in the market.
Government support program plays an important role in funding the research and
development activities of various innovations in printing technology. Currently, funding is
mainly focused on developing this technology to meet the growing needs of the customer
and making devices more feasible for integration into various consumer products.
Key Findings (continued)
Breadth of Industries
Potential Points of
Printing technology has been implemented in a large number of products in the consumer
electronics market. In the consumer electronics arena, there has been prolific adoption of
this technology in the OLED segment. Cross industrial adoption of this technology is also
In consumer electronics, there has been an increase in demand for higher efficiency, and
functionality. Printing technology is seen as a solution to address these growing user
needs. This technology has the potential to open up or expand the industrial, automotive,
commercial, and healthcare sectors, where it could be adopted on a large scale.
Implication of Innovations
Printing techniques are playing a vital role in organic electronics market. Several
universities, consortiums and companies are working towards advancing and developing
printing techniques for atomic layer deposition, fluropolymer coating, mass production and
customization. Few key developers include University of Texas, Northwestern University,
Beneq, Kateeva, Japanese Consortium.
Printing Techniques for Organic Electronics
• Printing is a manufacturing process used to produce various electronic
equipment, multi-material parts, and objects.
• To fabricate organic substrates, various printing techniques are used,
such as, inkjet printing, gravure, flexography and many more.
• Adoption of printing techniques in organic electronics is increasing
because of the requirement of customized products and the increasing
attention received by the organic materials segment.
• Using printing techniques to manufacture organic electronics enables
rapid manufacturing and low-waste manufacturing of cost-effective
products that can be customized further based on end-user
• With the help of printing, it is possible to develop a manufacturing
environment that is agile. This helps to further reduce approximately
70% of time for production.
• Market capability is growing in automotive, medical, consumer
electronics, packaging, and smart textiles.
• According to varied industrial sources by 2025, the market for printing
organic electronics is expected to be approximately US $190 billion.
• Wearable applications and consumer electronics are expected to be the
areas for wider usage of the technology, followed by applications in
automotive, building, and architecture.
Categorization of Printing Techniques Landscape
Inkjet Printing for Coating Carbon Nanotubes - University
of Texas and Northwestern University
Innovation Market Implication
Near- Medium- Long- Term
• R&D for implementing with
• Volume production with inkjet
printing for flexible electronics.
• Customization of products
Use of inkjet printing
technology for fluoropolymer
(PVDF-TrFE) coating single-
walled carbon nanotube
transistor and ring oscillator
US Office of Naval research is funding the
project for R&D and commercialization.
Faster and better performing circuit,
with reduction in power consumption.
A low-cost solution that helps to
achieve higher resolution with inkjet
It is the most effective coating technique for
such as OLED
o Highly focused on printed
oTargeting flexible and
wearable electronics industry.
o Expected to gain entry into
US Navy applications primarily.
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