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Printed Electronics Europe: Growth Sectors for Conductive Inks as They Solve More Problems
BERLIN, Feb. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

In 2020, the market for conductive inks will be $2.4Bn, according to extensive 
research by IDTechEx ( Of that, 95% of the 
conductive ink supply by value goes into just three applications – the printed 
bus bars and fingers on PV solar cells, exterior automotive heating 
applications (defoggers) and touch screen edge electrodes.

However, for years now there has been work on a myriad of new applications for 
conductive ink which are beginning to come to commercial fruition. These market 
opportunities will be in the spotlight at Printed Electronics Europe 2020, held 
in Berlin on 13-14 May 2020, with over 2,500 attendees and over 250 speakers 
covering the broad range of opportunities. Many exhibit compound annual growth 
rates (CAGR) of several hundred percent through to 2025.

In this article Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx assesses some of those opportunities.

Material Opportunities for 5G

The opportunity: By 2025 the value of 5G connections globally will be worth 
$303 Billion.

The problem: For highest speed data transfer 5G systems will use higher 
frequencies such as 28Ghz and 39Ghz, significantly higher than the 0.7Ghz – 
2.5Ghz frequencies typically used in a cellphone. This results in more 
potential for electromagnetic interference (EMI) between componentry, so they 
need to be adequately 'shielded'. Another key trend here is the rise of 
multi-chip packages in which connectivity as well as other dies sit inside a 
single package. In such cases, even internal EMI shielding and 
compartmentalization might be required.

The printed electronics solution: Spray-on, coat-on or print-on solutions are 
in now in testing and early production, which offer uniform coverage of 
components at higher manufacturing speed and potentially at lower cost. 

Printed Electronics Europe 2020 features a session on material opportunities 
for 5G, including EMI shielding advances.

Material Opportunities for Power Semiconductors in Electric Vehicles

The opportunity: In 2025 126 tonnes of die attach material will be needed for 
electric vehicles.

The problem: The electric vehicle market is expanding. As a consequence, the 
market for power modules within all manners of electric vehicles is growing, 
using semiconductor technologies such as SiC and GaN. The trend is towards 
higher power densities which translates to higher operational temperatures, 
from 170 Degrees Celsius towards 250 Degrees Celsius. The materials around the 
power packages need to cope with these higher temperatures.

The printed electronics solution: Silver offers high conductivity and a high 
melting point versus conventional semiconductor attachment materials. 
Nanoparticle silver is already being used by some EV makers as part of the die 
attach system. 

Printed Electronics Europe 2020 features sessions on die attach materials and 
materials for heat management within electric vehicles. 

Printed Heaters in Autonomous and/or Electric Vehicles

The opportunity: In 2025 148 million electric vehicles will be sold, across 
land, water and air electric vehicles types.

The problems: Cold temperatures impact batteries by increasing their internal 
resistance and lowering their capacity. For those living in very cold climates, 
electric vehicle batteries may therefore need assisted heating. LIDAR systems, 
used to enable autonomy, require clear optical pathways, so any ice or snow on 
the LIDAR optics needs to be melted away through a heating system. 
Additionally, without an internal combustion engine, electric vehicles require 
other ways to produce heat for the occupants.

The printed electronics solution: Printed heaters are lightweight, offer 
relative ease with custom designs and shapes and are typically flexible for 
easy integration and application of heat where it is needed. 

Printed Electronics Europe 2020 features presentations and exhibitors covering 
these aspects including transparent heaters and flexible heaters. 

3D Electronics to Improve Human Machines Interfaces

The opportunity: The market for 3D printed electronics and Circuit prototyping 
will be worth over $1 Bn by 2025.

The problem: Combining circuit substrates, switches, LEDs and other components 
and then fitting these to control panels involves a relatively high numbers of 
components and tooling set up time. Often the final product is not weight 
efficient and nor is it most cost effective for small batch numbers.

The printed electronics solution: Printing the wiring, switches and other 
components and then molding this as the final structure can overcome the above 
limitations. The final pieces can be lighter weight. It can be easier to change 
or customize designs. Differentiation can be provided by having interactive 3D 
surfaces rather than 2D ones. 

Printed Electronics Europe 2020 features presentations and exhibitors covering 
In Mold Electronics, film inserted electronics and 3D printed electronics. 

These are just four of the opportunities that will be covered, in addition to 
others including antennas, sensors, e-textiles, electronic skin patches and 
more. See the evolving speaker list at and 
book by 20 February 2020 for the 30% attendee discount. 

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Source:  IDTechEx