This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments since 2016, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied. The chapter ends with a highlight of the most active research organizations operating in this field and their activities.
The third section entails a global market analysis of roll-to-roll flexible devices.
Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented for each segment (substrate type, process, application, and region), with actual data referring to the years 2016 and 2017 and estimates for 2018.
Dollar figures refer to sales of flexible devices by roll-to-roll at the manufacturing level.
The analysis of current revenues for roll-to-roll flexible devices 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 roll-to-roll flexible devices within each segment, together with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for the period 2018 through 2023.
Projected and forecast revenue values are in constant U.S. dollars, unadjusted for inflation.
In the fourth section of the study, which covers global industry structure, the report offers a list of the leading manufacturers of roll-to-roll flexible devices, 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.
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The fifth and final section includes an analysis of recently issued U.S. patents, with a summary of patents related to materials, fabrication methods, equipment, and applications for roll-to-roll flexible devices.
Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, process, and application.
Roll-to-roll technologies are very common in the paper and fabric printing industries and are becoming increasingly popular in the electronics industry and other advanced sectors for manufacturing devices that are flexible, lightweight, and low-cost.
Flexible devices that are already commercially available include flexible printed circuits, solar cells, displays, and sensors.
New devices are emerging for use in electronics, optoelectronics and other sectors.
BCC Research has identified four main sectors where flexible devices that are currently produced using roll-to-roll technologies (a.k.a., R2R flexible devices) have current and potential use: electronics, optoelectronics, energy, and sensors.
This study provides an updated, comprehensive description of R2R flexible devices and their production methods, highlighting the latest developments in their fabrication technology and material used.
It also offers a detailed market analysis for these products by segment (substrate material, process, application, and region), describing technical aspects and trends that will affect future growth of this market.