EMI/RFI: Materials and Technologies
The global market for EMI/RFI shielding is expect to reach nearly $5.1 billion in 2012 and $5.2 billion in 2013. Total market valued is expected to reach nearly $6 billion in 2018 after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.9%.
- An overview of the global market for products to deal with electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) problems that are encountered in operation of electronic equipment and implications for plastics and competitive materials/technologies used to suppress that interference
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018
- Discussion of important differences between the shielding industry of today compared with several years ago, led by the increased number and quality of devices and components requiring shielding
- Examinations of issues surrounding the ever-increasing frequencies being encountered along with the proliferation of wireless devices that may result in the shifting of shielding options; in addition, the impact of other technologies, such as Bluetooth, absorptive EMI, fiber optics, and others will be assessed
- A summarization of the global regulatory environment
- Analysis of trends in components and devices used in the electronics and other industries, such as medical, automotive, and consumer products
- Identification of the current state of the electronics and other industries, the market for plastics-based shielding options, key participants, shielding technologies, patents, materials, shielding components, and a “time line” of global developments.
- Comprehensive company profiles of major players.
SCOPE AND FORMAT
The size and the growth of the global market for EMI/RFI shielding products is a function of several factors. Shielding not only closely follows the demand for electronic devices and components, but also is a valuable resource to assist manufacturers in complying with ever-changing safety and performance regulations. Consequently, the study summarizes the somewhat muddled global regulatory environment.
This report identifies the nature of the EMI/RFI problem, noting how shielding and electronics redesign can, in some instances, overcome these problems. Technologies and materials specific to EMI/RFI shielding are also identified and analyzed for their impact on plastics and other materials within a context of trends in components and devices used in the electronics and other industries such as medical, automotive and consumer products.
This report also discusses the current state of the electronics and other related industries, the market for plastics-based shielding options, key participants, shielding technologies, patents, materials, shielding components, a “time-line” of global developments, and examples of worldwide regulatory standards and environmental issues confronting the electronic shielding business.
Compound average growth rates (CAGRs) are provided by square feet and 2013 dollars. An analysis based on “volume” is not feasible because of the many disparate shielding products.
Melvin Schlechter has thirty years of experience in the chemical industry, specializes in plastics market research and has been a BCC Research analyst for since 2006. Previously, Mr. Schlechter was the International Director of Chemical Reports for Frost & Sullivan. He also worked for the Union Carbide Company as a Senior Market Research Analyst, was a Senior Organic/Polymer Chemist for Stauffer Chemical Company and a Research Organic Chemist for Allied Signal Corporation. Mr. Schlechter holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Queens College, a Masters in Organic Chemistry from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from Adelphi University.
Global demand for EMI/RFI shielding options is estimated at about $4.5 billion in 2011 and is expected to increase to $5.2 billion by 2016, a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8%.
Demand for EMI/RFI shielding options is estimated to have been about $725 million in 2006 and is expected to marginally increase to only $745 million by 2012. This forecasted low growth is due primarily to ever increasing activity offshore, especially China.
Major shielding options include metal cabinets, conductive coatings, conductive plastics/elastomers, laminates/tapes, and a widely diverse "miscellaneous" category.
Metal cabinets will show the strongest growth of 5.6%/year due to several factors led by increased use of higher frequencies. They should reach a value of $182 million by 2012. Many of the other EMI/RFI shielding types are undergoing modest growth.
Demand in the U.S. for EMI/RFI shielding options was estimated at more than $500 million in 2002 and, rising at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 3.2%, is expected to exceed $600 million by 2008.
Conductive coatings represent the largest market segment, but will grow at an AAGR of only 2.2% to $267 million in 2008.
Metal cabinets are the second largest segment, and will grow at an AAGR of 4.8% through the period to $267 million.
The $15 million laminate tape market also will rise at a 4.8% AAGR.
Conductive plastics and tapes will not see significant growth through 2008.