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Mar 6, 2012

Global Markets, Technologies and Materials for Thin and Ultrathin Films -- Focus on Life Science Applications

The global market for thin film technologies (including equipment, materials and services) is currently valued at more than $50 billion 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 films below 30 nanometers or those with a thickness measured in atoms.

There are various 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 or chemical methods, and they find application in the fabrication process of numerous devices within several industrial sectors (including electronics, optoelectronics, mechanical/chemical, energy, optical coatings, life science and decorative coatings).

At the time of BCC’s last report (2004), the global market for thin film materials was valued at $7.1 billion and growing at a fairly rapid pace.Since then, the industry has continued to evolve in important ways.In addition, at the end of 2007, growth in the global economy began to slow dramatically along with many sectors in which these materials are used, leading to a steep drop in sales during the ensuing two years.

The principal reason for doing this study is to present a current assessment of the thin film material industry from both technological and market viewpoints and to outline future trends and key developments.

Thin and Ultra film technologies Market

Published: March 2012
No. of Pages:227
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This study provides an updated review of thin film technologies, including materials and production processes, and it identifies current and emerging applications for these technologies.

BCC Research determines the current market status for thin film materials, defines trends and presents forecasts of growth over the next five years.The thin film material industry is also analyzed on a worldwide basis from the standpoint of both manufacturing and consumption.In addition, technological issues, including the latest process developments and events, are discussed.

More specifically, BCC’s market analysis is divided into six main parts.In the first part, a historical review of thin film technology is provided, including an outline of recent events.The report also supplies a description of current and emerging applications for thin and ultrathin films.

The second part of the study provides a technological review of thin film deposition processes, free-standing thin films and materials used to manufacture thin and ultrathin films.Each of the three sections concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments and improvements since 2009, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for. 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 part of the report entails a global market analysis of materials for thin and ultrathin films.Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented by application, deposition technology, film thickness and region, with actual data referring to the years 2009 and 2010, and estimates for 2011.
This section concludes with a presentation of market growth trends, based on industry growth, technological trends and regional trends.Projected revenues are reported, with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGR) for the period 2011 through 2016.

Next, six optional sections are offered.These sections provide a more focused discussion of the thin film materials market for the six main sectors in which thin films are typically applied (specifically: electronics, optoelectronics, mechanical/chemical, energy,optical coatings and life sciences and others).In these optional sections, additional details by sector on current market conditions and key trends and developments are provided, in addition to market growth projections for each sector.