Electronic printing or Printed electronics is to utilize different technologies to print on the surface with the help of optical or electrical inks. Printed electronics is done with active or inactive components such as transistors or resistors. Electronic printing also use various types of solutions oriented materials such as nano-particles or nano-tubes or metallic conductors, inorganic or organic semiconductors, to make easy printing experience. On the basis of these different devices, electronic printing is able to entirely tie-up together new properties that makes them most attractive for latest developing applications. The mixtures of new class of materials and large area, higher volume deposition of applications of printable electronics, high volume deposition patterning techniques are few of the significant impacting factors for development of electronics printing. It can be applied on electronic and photonic devices like screen printing with the help of conducting inks or dielectric and user graphic. In the past few years, market has witnessed increase in demand for flexible printed electronics in packaging industries and is anticipated to carry on over the forecast period, and these demands are expected to boost the electronic printing market. Few more significant factors that contribute towards development are greater flexibility, easy adoption in broadly differing environment, comparatively less wastage of material over conventional printing methods, high scalability, added price benefit, improved energy efficiency in consumption, and decreasing environmental effect. The electronic printing market has undergone from the experimental stage to mass commercialization in past few years and is anticipated to grow over the forecast period.
Electronic printing applications include industrial, lighting, displays, sensors, lighting and few others. Many different displays utilize electronic printing for huge feature displays, multi-layer pixel technique, and electronic paper application for printing. Electronic printing applications are also used in designing of particular devices such as sport/game helmet sensor circuits, printed designed sensor manufacturing. Within industry applications, printed electronics is widely utilized in vehicle manufacturing in smart textile, pressure measuring devices, self-rearing mirrors and printed aerials. Printable electronics is considered as the most important element of (Organic Light Emitting Diode) OLED. Organic Light Emitting Diodes at present are manufactured with help of using the vacuum process on glass substrates. Electronic printing has some more applications which include electronic components such as printed RFIDs, batteries manufacturing, and organic photovoltaic.
Printed electronics technologies include gravure printing, flexographic printing, screen printing, inkjet printing, and few more. The inkjet printing is the technique that creates digital images with the support of pushing droplets of ink forward on the paper, plastic or few other kind of substrates. The inkjet printings are the most general type of printers utilized globally and which ranges from low-cost models to specialized machines. Screen printing is the other most common technology Woven mesh is utilized in screen printing which helps in ink-blocking stencil to create a desired image. Flexographic or Flexography printing utilizes flexible relief plate for printing process usually on the hard subtracts for different types of food packaging. Gravure printing utilizes rotatory printing press that is generally preferred and utilized in commercial printing. Few more types of technologies which can be classified under electronic printing include visual effects and digital printing segment.
On the basis of regions, Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the large market. On the other hand, North America is expected to show development owing to growth within packaging industry. European and rest of the World markets are anticipated to grow up at a constant rate owing to developments from past few years in applications of printed electronics.
In the printed electronics market several acquisitions and mergers have taken place in the recent years. The major players of the market are E-Ink (Taiwan), Thin Film Electronics (Norway), PARC (U.S.), DuPont (U.S.), Solicore (U.S.), Vorbeck Material (U.S.), and OE-A (Russia) T-Ink (US).
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