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Transparent Conductive Films (TCF) 2014-2024

This article introduces some of the research and content of the new IDTechEx report "Transparent Conductive Films (TCF) 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players" (
The transparent conductive film (TCF) and glass (TCG) market is booming but being fast transformed. This report provides granular market forecasts for TCFs and TCGs in mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, monitors, TVs, OLED lighting, organic photovoltaics, dye-sensitised solar cells, and electroluminescence displays. The market forecasts are given in market share, area, and value. All markets are broken down by technology covering ITO-on-PET, ITO-on-Glass, silver nanowires, graphene, carbon nanotubes, PEDOT, and metal mesh.
The transparent conducive film and glass markets are complex and fragmented along many application lines. The market is booming with growth being fuelled mostly by tablets and penetration of touch capability in more mobile phones, notebooks and monitors. OLED lighting, OPV and DSSCs are also potentially large area markets, although growth here will initially be slow due to strong competition, prevailing unfavourable market conditions and low technology market-readiness levels.

New market drivers

The market is fast being transformed. New applications and market trends are changing the requirement landscape, and in many instances stretching it beyond what the incumbent solution can readily achieve. The key drivers are market tendencies towards (a) large-sized devices, (b) low power consumption, (c) minimal reflection, (d) thinness, (e) robustness and/or flexibility, (f) ease of patterning, (g) simplified value chain, and (h) low cost.
A vast multitude of technologies and players worldwide are emerging and/or re-positioning to fight for a slice of this booming yet intensely competitive market space. These technologies include silver nanowires, organic transparent conductors, carbon nanotubes, graphene, fine wire, and a variety of metal mesh and novel nanoparticle-based solutions.
TCF technology market share in the touch notebook sector
Source: IDTechEx

Complex range of options

The multiplicity of options is giving rise to market uncertainty and confusion. Indeed, the decision-making and investment process is made more complex by the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all solution and/or a clear winner. This is because each technology option presents several trade-offs between sheet resistance, transmittance, flexibility, haze, cost and compatibility with existing value chain; while each players is working off a different business plan and technology portfolio/capability.

Full analysis and assessment

This report provides a detailed and complete assessment of incumbent and emerging technology solutions. For each technology, IDTechEx assess production method, key cost drives, key figures-of-merit including sheet resistance, optical transmission, haze, flexibility, surface smoothness, stability, etc. IDTechEx provides a SWOT analysis for each technology. Moreover, IDTechEx identifies all suppliers globally, outlining their commercialisation progress.
IDTechEx has built a detailed, granular and accurate market forecast model. IDTechEx has used its forecast model to provide the following key market data charts:
Ten year forecasts in unit sales or market value, for TCF and TCG by area and value for the following applications:
  • Mobile and smart phones
  • Notebooks and touch notebooks
  • Montiors and touch monitors
  • Tablets
  • OLED lighting-
  • Organic phototovotaics
  • Dye-sensitised solar cells
  • Electroluminescent displays
Ten year market forecasts in area, market share, and value for the following technologies:

Market Intelligence

100+ companies are profiled including 35+ detailed profiles based on direct interviews and company visits. The rest are profiled based on conference attendance, tradeshow visits, patent searchers and/or web searches.
Top image: Nature
For more information see IDTechEx research report "Transparent Conductive Films (TCF) 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players" (

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Posted on: September 18, 2013

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