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Switching to biobased plastics: Why so slow?

Switching to biobased plastics: Why so slow?
Finding ways to halt our dependence on fossil fuels and plastics is proving extremely difficult. One possible solution is to shift away from petrochemicals towards a biobased feedstock to make plastics, but how realistic is this proposal? IDTechEx uncovers the factors influencing adoption of biobased polymers in their report, ‘Biobased Polymers 2018-2023: A Technology and Market Perspective’.
13th August 2019

Design considerations for electronic textiles

Design considerations for electronic textiles
Commercial efforts around electronic textiles have been prominent for at least 25 years, starting with early patents and then early products throughout the 1990s. IDTechEx's latest research report in the area ‘E-Textiles 2019-2029: Technologies, Markets and Players’, looks at how e-textile products have changed over time, both in terms of the hardware and the more general business model.
11th July 2019

Creating new products from printed electronics

Creating new products from printed electronics
Printed, flexible and organic electronics is an enabling set of technologies, comprising of many components that are at different stages of commercialisation and maturity. Commercialisation is being tackled very differently. Some are disrupting conventional products, for example by enabling foldable displays for smart phones. 
28th March 2019


Printing OLED displays: has the time finally come?

Printing OLED displays: has the time finally come?
Solution processed light emitting organic materials were demonstrated in 1989 with a tiny 0.1 EQE (external quantum efficiency). Since then there has been tremendous progress on material synthesis/production as well as on display processing. However, thus far, commercialisation has remained elusive.
20th March 2019

Is flexible glass the ultimate solution?

Is flexible glass the ultimate solution?
Glass is an excellent barrier. It offers processing temperatures as well as high dimensional stability. It is also smoother and more transparent thin plastic films; however it is rigid. This limitation has created space and need for flexible alternatives. Companies have been developing flexible, transparent and high-performance barriers, as outlined in the IDTechEx Research report ‘Barrier Films and Thin Film Encapsulation for Flexible and/or Organic Electronics 2019-2029’.
18th February 2019

In-Mold Electronics design, material, and process innovation

In-Mold Electronics design, material, and process innovation
In-Mold (or Mould) Electronics (IME) promises to enable high-volume production of structural electronics where the electronic circuitry and functionality are part of the 3D-shaped structure itself. This will save weight and space and will enable new elegant designs. IME in many ways, it is an evolution of the well-established IMD, in which molding (or other ways of 3D forming) are combined with graphic printing. 
13th February 2019

3D Printing of composites to accelerate time to market

3D Printing of composites to accelerate time to market
3D Printing of composites is becoming an increasingly explored commercial opportunity. The 3D Printing industry is looking for functional enhancements to assist industrial uptake and meanwhile the traditional composites industry is looking at ways to allow more design freedom, accelerate time to market, and reduce the costs for low-production volume.
7th February 2019

3D printing is disrupting the way we provide medicine

3D printing is disrupting the way we provide medicine
From its humble beginnings in the late 1980s, through to the global force that it is today, the capabilities of 3D printing technology have expanded dramatically, to establish itself as an attractive manufacturing solution for prototyping and production.
21st January 2019

In-Mold Electronics on the brink of large scale adoption

In-Mold Electronics on the brink of large scale adoption
The new global market report from IDTechEx Research, ‘In-Mold Electronics 2019-2029: Technology, Market Forecasts, Players’, provides technical assessment of manufacturing process and material requirements, market outlook for applications and players, study of competitive routes to 3D electronics and more.
17th January 2019

The future of stretchable and conformal electronics 2019-2029

The future of stretchable and conformal electronics 2019-2029
The report ‘Stretchable and Conformal Electronics 2019-2029’ from IDTechEx Research, aims to explain everything you need to know about stretchable electronics. It provides the a comprehensive and insightful view of this diverse emerging industry, discussing each of the different stretchable materials and components available or being developed today.
2nd January 2019

E-Textiles 2018-2028: Technologies, markets and players

E-Textiles 2018-2028: Technologies, markets and players
We are in contact with textiles for up to 98% of our lives, and they are starting to become intelligent. Part of this revolution includes the integration of electronics and textiles. Electronic textiles (e-textiles) have been in development for decades, but have begun to achieve some commercial successes in the last 20 years.
3rd September 2018

In-mould electronics become commercial once again

In-mould electronics become commercial once again
Conductive inks are a wonderfully adaptive technology, this characteristic has enabled them to stay relevant and to rejuvenate themselves over the past several decades, as old markets have struggled or declined the technology has managed to find new uses. Several years ago, a new frontier called in-mold electronics (IME) started to emerge, this frontier is once again becoming commercial. Author: Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director, IDTechEx  
21st June 2018

Are self healing triboelectrics on the way up?

Are self healing triboelectrics on the way up?
  Analysts at IDTechEx have appraised the technology and potential commercialisation of triboelectrics, which is a new form of energy harvesting based on similar materials and think there is potential for partnerships. There has been considerable progress with self-healing polymers just lately, with the researchers dreaming of use in regular tires and phones.
4th January 2018

3D printing metals market to hit $12B in 2028

Today's metal 3D printing has established itself as an attractive manufacturing solution for prototyping and beyond. Metal printer manufacturers and materials suppliers are poised to capitalise on this so far unmet demand, with the 3D printing metals market to be worth $12B in 2028. This rapid growth is analysed and implications evaluated in the latest market intelligence report from IDTechEx Research, 3D Printing Metals 2018-2028: Technology and Market Analysis.
8th August 2017

3D printed organs have some way to go

3D printed organs have some way to go
A recent report from IDTechEx Research states that regenerative medicine will be the biggest growth market for 3D bioprinting. However, while using the technology for the replacement of damaged and failing organs is far more advanced than being purely a fantasy based in the realms of science fiction, the report suggest there are some hurdles to making the technology a significant player in the market, and it may be some years before it can realise its potential.
27th July 2017

3D bioprinting: from science fiction to reality?

3D bioprinting: from science fiction to reality?
After over 15 years of research and development in academia and industry, several main applications of 3D bioprinting technology are ready to be realised. In IDTechEx’s new report titled 3D Bioprinting 2017 – 2027: Technologies, Markets, Forecasts, the global 3D bioprinting market is predicted to experience a period of high growth to reach a size of $1.8 billion by the year 2027.
12th May 2017

Stretchable electronics: everything you need to know

Stretchable electronics: everything you need to know
The term Stretchable Electronics conceals great diversity. Indeed, it is an umbrella term that refers to a whole host of emerging electronic materials, components and devices that exhibit some degree of mechanical stretchability. Stretchable electronics has been in the making for than a decade, but it up to now it has been mostly a solution looking for a problem.  Author: Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director, IDTechEx
9th May 2017

Report gives Graphene market update

IDTechEx has closely followed the graphene industry over the past five years and regularly interview suppliers and users, organize the leading events on the topics, and speak at many conferences around the world.
4th May 2017

In-Mould electronics set to take off at last

According to IDTechEx, In Mold Electronics (IME) is making a commercial comeback. The research company says behind-the-scenes interest in IME remains robust and the first wave of products are close to market launch, the value networks are being enhanced, volume manufacturers are more engaged than ever, and the material set is transitioning beyond conductive inks to include transparent conductive films, sensors, actuators, and so on. 
4th May 2017

Report details the conductive inks and paste market

The paste market for the PV industry is currently booming as PV sales are up in anticipation of the end of current feed-in-tariffs in China. In fact, sales has surpassed even the expectations of material and paste suppliers. The paste market has witnessed a change of market share in the past few years which has had major ripple effects across the conductive paste industry: big paste suppliers actively started to develop nascent markets that would have previously been considered too small in order to compensate for a dwindling market share in core markets. This, of course, will squeeze the space even more in niche sectors.
28th March 2017


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