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Disposable Electronics Market to Reach $26.2 Billion by 2015

December 12, 2007

The NanoMarkets report finds that new manufacturing technologies and materials are enabling sophisticated electronic devices to be embedded in everyday objects, such as packaging, credit cards, pricing labels, and low-end medical products.


GLEN ALLEN, VA /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new a report from NanoMarkets LC, an industry analyst firm based here, disposable electronics will represent a $26.2 billion market by 2015. New manufacturing technologies, such as functional printing, and new materials, such as organic semiconductors, are enabling sophisticated electronic devices to be embedded in everyday objects, such as packaging, credit cards, pricing labels, games and toys, clothing, and low-end medical products. These enhancements will produce electronic intelligence, increased revenue opportunities, lower costs, and broader functionality never seen before in products formerly considered as disposable items.

Report Findings
 

  • Inexpensive printed radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags will generate revenues of $12.4 billion by 2015 and will partially replace bar codes, endowing packaging and numerous low-cost products with high levels of intelligence. RFID is an opportunity measured in billions of units and promises a retail-management revolution, with impact ranging from improved inventory tracking to enhanced brand management.

     

  • E-paper technology will be a genuine alternative to paper in environments where updateability is crucial. For example, by 2015 NanoMarkets projects that paper pricing labels will see significant replacement by e-paper point-of-purchase (POP) displays, with $1.6 billion in e-paper displays sold for POP applications in 2015. Other areas of disposable electronics where e-paper displays are expected to make a significant impact are in smart cards (especially for one-time security pass codes) and smart packaging.

     

  • Organic transistors and memories will create new classes of products, ranging from multifunction smart cards to pharmaceutical packaging and will also breathe new life into the games, toys, and greetings cards business. Technologies now exist to print electronics that enable games, toys, and other novelties to interface directly with the Internet, thus expanding the boundaries of the gaming business. By 2015, the value of games, gadgets, and gizmos using printed or organic electronics will be $1.2 billion.

     

  • The new disposable electronics will also represent a huge opportunity for materials suppliers, who will supply more than $17.5 billion in materials into the disposable electronics sector in 2015. There will be a strong demand for inexpensive conductive inks, and these will be far less demanding in terms of performance than those required for larger displays and solar panels.

     

  • Paper substrates will be of especial interest because of the work that has been going on at both universities and in commercial firms to create electronics on coated papers or even corrugated cardboard. This work will lead paper and board substrates for disposable electronics to reach sales of $1.8 billion by 2015

About the Report
NanoMarkets' new report "Disposable Electronics: The First Wave for Printed and Organic Electronics" provides a complete analysis of the new opportunities appearing in disposable electronics as the result of emerging low-cost devices, such as printed RFID tags, organic transistors and memories, e-paper displays, printed sensors, and thin-film batteries. The report includes detailed eight-year forecasts of these emerging disposable electronics markets, broken out by applications and device type, as well as strategic profiles of leading firms active in the market.

About NanoMarkets
NanoMarkets LC tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities in electronics created by developments in advanced materials. The firm has published numerous reports related to organic, thin-film, and printable electronics materials and applications. The firm also publishes a blog. NanoMarkets research database is the "industry's most extensive source of information on TOP electronics."


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