Global Markets and Technologies for Thin-Film Sensors

Published - Jan 2014| Analyst - Margareth Gagliardi| Code - IAS051A
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Report Highlights

The global market for thin-film sensors decreased from $2.12 billion in 2012 to $1.98 billion in 2013 and is estimated to be valued at $2.38 billion by the end of 2018, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8% for the five-year period, 2013 to 2018.

Report Includes

  • An overview of the global market for thin film sensors.
  • Analyses of global market trends with data from 2011 and 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of CAGRs through 2018.
  • Discussion of how ongoing miniaturization in the semiconductor industry continues to affect other sectors, including the sensors and instrumentation sector; advances in thin film technologies are leading to the increased use of these fabrication methods for manufacturing miniaturized sensors or special coatings for bulk sensors.
  • Identification of the various types of thin film sensors that are currently commercially available.
  • Coverage of market growth trends based on industry growth and regional trends.
  • A summary of patents related to various types of thin film sensors and their fabrication methods and applications.

Report Scope

This report provides an updated review of thin-film sensors, including materials and production processes, and identifies current and emerging applications for this technology.

BCC Research delineates the current market status for thin-film sensors, defines trends and presents growth forecasts for the next five years. The thin-film sensor market is analyzed based on the following segments: type, application and region. In addition, technological issues, including key events and the latest process developments, are also discussed.

More specifically, BCC Research’s market analysis is divided into five sections.

In the first section, an introduction to the topic and a historical review of thin-film sensors are provided, including an outline of recent events. In this section, current and emerging applications for thin-film sensors are also identified and described.

The second section provides a technological review of the fabrication steps used to manufacture thin-film sensors, with an outline of the most common processes and innovative production methods. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments since 2010, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for, as well as highlighting the most active research organizations operating in this field.

The third section entails a global market analysis of thin-film sensors. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented for each segment (sensor type, application and region) with actual data for the years 2011 and 2012 and estimated revenues for 2013.

The analysis of current revenues for thin-film sensors is followed by a detailed presentation of market growth trends, based on industry growth, technological trends and regional trends. The third section concludes by providing projected revenues for thin-film sensors within each segment, together with forecasts of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for 2013 through 2018.

In the fourth section of the study, which covers global industry structure, the report offers a list of the leading manufacturers of thin-film sensors, together with a description of their products. The analysis includes a description of the geographical distribution of these suppliers and an evaluation of other key industry players. Detailed company profiles of the top players are also provided.

The fifth and final section includes an extensive U.S. and international patent analysis, with a summary of patents related to thin-film sensors, materials, fabrication methods and applications. The patents examined in this study were issued from 2010 through 2013. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, application, sensor type and fabrication process.

Analyst Credentials

Margareth Gagliardi has extensive experience in the field of advanced materials, specializing in ceramic formulations, materials processing, and new product development. For more than 20 years, she has held management positions in both manufacturing and R&D within U.S. and European firms producing electronic, mechanical, chemical and structural components. She currently works as a consultant serving a variety of organizations and research institutions. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Ceramic Engineering.

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