The Touch Panel Transparent Conductive Film, or TCF, market was reported $956 million in 2012. Markets are anticipated to reach $4.8 billion by 2019. Indium tin oxide (ITO) is an entrenched technology for displays manufacturing. ITO has been the transparent conductive film technology for touch screens, but ReportsNReports says newer technology will erode ITO and provide improved functionality at lower prices.
Transparent conductive film enables features of smart phones and electronics applications, devices which are evolving in response in part to the characteristics of the transparent conductive film that is used in the user interface.
The advantage of transparent conductive film is that a very thin layer of material as a coating on a surface can provide touch screen capability. Transparent conductive film supports electronic device usability, and factors that influence commercial success in the wireless device and services market relate to usability above all. Development of an integrated hardware, software and service platform to support multiple wireless network standards is an essential aspect of market participation.
ReportsNReports noted that the key players in the transparent conductive film markets are mainly leveraging the expanding market opportunities related to mobile communication and media devices of smart phones and tablets. Transparent conductive film provides the base for device navigation by recognizing the presence of a finger as it moves across a screen. That navigation supports transmission of digital data into and out of the smart phone. The transparent conductive film markets are highly competitive, and the competition is expected to intensify significantly as new technologies evolve.
The principal competitive factors of the transparent conductive film market include price, product features, relative price/performance, product quality and reliability, design innovation, marketing and distribution capability, service and support, and corporate reputation. Indium tin oxide (ITO) has been the prevailing transparent conductive film used in touch screen applications, and it requires an expensive and cumbersome sputtering deposition process. The price of indium is increasing rapidly and the film is rigid. As a result, there is demand for more flexible film in the market.
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