New NanoMarkets Report Says the Electronics Industry Will Consume $1.3 Billion in Conductive Polymers by 2016 

by Star One Public Relations Wednesday, January 19, 2011
January 18, 2011, Glen Allen, Virginia -- According to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets, sales of conductive polymers to the electronics industry will reach $1.3 billion ($US) by 2016 as polymer firms diversify away from low-performance materials and look for higher-margin opportunities. NanoMarkets believes that the conductive polymer industry will be able to meet this goal by reducing costs and increasing performance in a number of key electronics and optoelectronics sectors. Additional details about the report, “Growth Markets for Conductive Polymers in Electronics and Optoelectronics” can be found at

From the report:

- If low-cost roll-to-roll (R2R) printing processes and simpler device architectures can be effectively deployed for use with polymer OLEDs, conductive polymers will generate $295 million in sales to the OLED sector by 2016 for use in OLED displays and OLED lighting.

- Conductive polymers, used principally as electrodes, can boost energy and power densities for batteries, fuel cells, capacitors and supercapacitors, enabling weight and size reduction for some of these devices. By 2016, energy storage applications will account for almost $190 million in conductive polymer sales.

- NanoMarkets sees conductive polymers as a key enabling technology for enhancing advanced sensors performance. This may occur through the use of polymer sensing materials or in the use organic electronic devices such as ChemFETs and polymer memories. Sales of conductive polymers will reach $105 million by 2016 for sensor applications.

About the report:

Often branded as a class of “miracle” advanced materials that will transform electronics and photovoltaics, conductive polymers have decidedly mixed record. The early expectations for the role of polymer-based PV, or conductive polymers as a transparent conductive coating, have never been met. And in other areas of organic electronics, polymer materials – areas such as OLEDs and OTFTs – polymers have played second fiddle to small molecule materials. This is about to change.

This report analyzes and quantifies the opportunities for conductive polymers in both conductive and semiconductor applications including ant-static, EMI/RFI shielding, ITO alternatives, OLEDs, organic photovoltaics (OPV), energy storage and sensors. It provides a broad coverage of polymer types but focuses on PEDOT, other polythiophenes, polypyrrolle, PANI, and PPV. For each of the main applications studied, the report provides an eight-year market forecast, with indications of which particular conductive polymers are likely to do well in that market environment. Companies discussed in this report include: Agfa, American Dye Source, Arkema, BASF, DSM, DuPont, Henkel, Heraeus, LG Chem, Nissan Chemical, Ormecon, Panipol, Plextronics, Rieke Metals, Sanyo, Sigma Aldrich, Sigma Technologies, Sony and Sumitomo.

About NanoMarkets:

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities in energy and electronics markets created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts for thin-film electronics and related materials and has been covering this market since 2005.

Robert Nolan
NanoMarkets, LC
PO Box 3840
Glen Allen, VA 23058
(804) 360-2967

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