Global Roll-to-Roll Printing Market: Snapshot
Roll-to-roll (R2R) printing refers to a family of manufacturing technologies that involves the constant processing of a flexible substrate as it is moved between two moving rolls of material. Advancements in the field of R2R have made it an important class of substrate-based manufacturing process in which subtractive and additive techniques are used to build structures in a constant manner. The process, comprises many techniques that, when brought together, help produce rolls of finished material in a highly efficient and economical manner, with the added benefits of in mass quantities and high rate of production. Factors such as low cost and high throughput are the key differentiators of the R2R printing technique from conventional manufacturing such as batch processing, which involves multiple steps.
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Although the initial costs required to set up a R2R printing system could be high, the costs are often recovered through economies of scale. Presently, R2R printing process is commonly applied in a number of manufacturing fields, including large-area and flexible electronics, printed/flexible thin-film batteries, flexible solar panels, textiles and fibers, metal sheet and foil manufacturing, medical products, and membranes.
In the field of electronic devices, R2R processing is increasingly becoming the preferred technology for producing a variety of large-area and flexible electronic devices in a fast and cost efficient way. With the consumer electronics industry exhibiting a massive potential of growth, the market for R2R printing is also expected to massively benefit. This report presents a thorough examination of the present state of growth of the global R2R printing market and includes a thorough account of the potential development of the market over the period between 2017 and 2025.
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Global Roll-to-Roll Printing Market: Overview
The process of roll-to-roll printing helps in creating electronic devices on a roll of flexible plastic or metal foil. In the recent past, the technology of roll-to-roll printing has transformed manufacturing processes, which has led to significantly higher volume production of technology products. As the demand for these products surges, manufacturers are aspiring to improve their production capacity and increasing investing for the adoption of roll-to-roll printing. Consequently, the global roll-to-roll printing is projected for a healthy growth rate during the forecast period of 2017 to 2025.
This report on global roll-to-roll printing market is a comprehensive analysis of the current scenario and based on in-depth analysis of the factors that are expected to influence the demand and competitive landscape in the near future, it estimates the future until 2025. The report also highlights a few trends in the market, creating an opportunity for the players to gain ground over their competitors. One of the key features of the report is the section on company profiles, wherein a number of prominent players have been analyzed for their market share, product portfolio, competitors, regional presence, and recent strategic developments.
The global roll-to-roll printing market can be segmented on the basis of material and equipment into material, which is further sub-segmented into substrate and ink, and equipment. By technology, the market can be divided into gravure, offset lithography, inkjet, flexography, and screen printing. Application-wise, the market can be categorized into proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell, battery product and technology, flexible electronics, photovoltaic, and membrane. End-user segments can be consumer electronics, commercial, industrial, aerospace and defense, medical, and automotive. Geographically, the report studies the opportunities available in the regional roll-to-roll printing markets of North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World.
Global Roll-to-Roll Printing Market: Trends and Opportunities
Roll-to-roll printing offers advantages such as low manufacturing cost, high line speed, and continuity in the process. Increasing demand for flexible electronic devices such as smart labels (RFID tags), printed circuit, OLED lighting, optoelectronics, and printed sensors is the primary driver of this market. The ability of roll-to-roll printing to resist high economical processes, high-defect density, and booming consumer sector are some of the other factors that are expected to positively influence the global market for the same. Moreover, continued requirement from the electronic industry and escalating application in other fields will drive the demand during the forecast period. The increasing outreach of wearable products is also favoring the growth rate. Conversely, the risk of failure and lack of mass production processes are two of the primary restraints over the global roll-to-roll printing market.
The application segment of flexible electronics has the maximum demand and is expected to remain most lucrative segment owing to a number of research and development already being undertaken and several new product prototypes are in the pipeline. By technology, inkjet printers have most of the demand, which is a reflection of a number of benefits it offers such as non-contact printing and increased scalability.
Global Roll-to-Roll Printing Market: Region-wise Outlook
North America currently contributes the maximum demand for roll-to-roll printing among all the regions, which is a reflection of continuous technological development in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The report expects Asia Pacific to offer new opportunities to the players as the adoption of roll-to-roll printing method is increasing.
Companies mentioned in the research report
Some of the key companies in global roll-to-roll printing market are Sumitomo Electric Industries Inc., Konica Minolta Inc., GSI Technologies LLC, LG Display Co., Ltd., 3M Company, Thinfilm, Multek Corporation, Linxens, E Ink Holdings, Inc., Fujikura Ltd., and Nippon Mektron Ltd.
The study presents reliable qualitative and quantitative insights into:
- Market segments and sub-segments
- Market trends and dynamics
- Supply and demand chain of the market
- Market valuation (revenue and/or volume)
- Key trends/opportunities/challenges
- Forces defining present and estimated future state of the competitive landscape
- Technological developments
- Value chain and stakeholder analysis
The regional analysis covers:
- North America
- Latin America
- Asia Pacific
- Middle East and Africa
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