This ElectroniCast report provides a market review and 10-year forecast of the worldwide consumption of Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) used in General Lighting applications. The OLEDs defined in this report are often referred to as OLED devices, OLED light sources, OLED panels or sub-panels, and OLED tiles.
An organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is a light-emitting diode (LED) in which the emissive electroluminescent layer is a film of organic compounds, which emit light in response to an electric current. This layer of organic semiconductor material is situated between two electrodes. Generally, at least one of these electrodes is transparent.
The definition for General Lighting in this particular study report is - lighting that is used to provide the main illumination of an area. ElectroniCast includes Directional Lighting, Supplementary Lighting and Architectural Lighting in the General Lighting category; however, “architainment” lighting, such as large display units are not considered in the General Lighting segment. OLED panels/tiles used in vehicles, wearable/clothing, signage, displays, signals, decorative Christmas/holiday lighting are not included in the market forecast data for this study.
The increasing development of OLED technology in General Lighting is indeed encouraging, driven by the architectural lighting industry; therefore, full cooperation and partnerships with between the OLED device manufacturers and the architectural industry is of paramount importance, based on analysis by ElectroniCast Consultants. Since OLEDs can be fashioned onto large surfaces, they are a viable alternative to fluorescent tubes for building lighting or other applications.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that lighting for buildings accounts for more than 20 percent of U.S. energy use. Over the next 20 years, the agency estimates that widespread adoption of LED and OLED lighting could reduce electricity demands 60 percent and prevent almost 260 metric tons of carbon emission.
Below in particular, are three levels (or “food chain”) pertaining to the OLED marketplace. For the purposes of this ElectroniCast study, we quantify and provide a market forecast for “Level 2”.
OLED devices will require value-added components, complete with the electronics (plugs and wires), driver integrated circuits, and possible structural packaging (cap, metallic/plastic panel frames). Also, these packaged/equipped OLED modules will typically be available as part of other value-added product, such as lamp-holders/ fixtures. Therefore, it is important to note that this market forecast data only quantifies the OLED device (sometimes referred to as a tile, light source, panel or sub-panel) and not the complete module, lamp/fixtures or other value-added product(s).
This report provides the market data by the following regional segments and sub-regions:
This report provides the 2013-2023 forecast by the following functions:
The ElectroniCast market opportunity analysis (MOA) shows the OLED panel market should not be limited to (only) lamps and typical (conventional) lamp fixtures for general lighting (table lamps, wall/ceiling fixtures). ElectroniCast assumes that the OLED panel general-lighting market will grow beyond the “light-bulb” mentality to a broad base of applications, which currently may not even be in the idea-stage. Applications that have been mentioned by industry participants include (but not limited to) OLED incorporated into the following applications; however, to fall under the General Lighting definition the illumination of an area must be the primary purpose of the OLED lighting source:
According to ElectroniCast, there is enough overall OLED interest and activity in 2014 by substantial leading lighting competitors with existing capable manufacturing capabilities, working with evolving technology, to pushing for “mass-production”. Also, industry players have been very active in establishing the required strategic supplier and IP agreements, as well as progressing in sales/distribution channel (planning) strategy.
Therefore, the stage is set for a “Build-it and They Will Come” marketing strategy. The question is, how many customers will come and when. At the same time, other (competing) lighting solutions already work, have substantial customer base and established sales/distribution channels, occupying store footprint; therefore, OLED will need to find unique style/designs to provide a common-sense approach to providing lighting solutions that the other technologies do not currently provide.
The market for OLEDs used in General Lighting is relatively new and it is still open for new competitors and brands. ElectroniCast forecasts that the Asia Pacific (APAC) region will maintain control of the leadership role in relative market share, driven by Japan's early implementation, as well as strong take-rates in the Republic of Korea and in the People's Republic of China (China is emerging as an important market for OLEDs).
According to ElectroniCast, the worldwide consumption value of General Lighting OLEDs reached $46.6 million in 2013; consumption value is forecast to increase at an average annual growth rate of 39.6 percent to $247.4 million in 2018. From 2018-2023, the total consumption value of General Lighting OLEDs is forecast an increase 93.6 percent per year, reaching nearly $6.7 billion in the year 2023. The use of OLEDs in displays and vehicles is not included in the market forecast. Market forecast data in this study report refers to consumption (use) for a particular calendar year; therefore, this data is not cumulative data.
OLEDs Used in General Lighting
Global Market Forecast (Value Basis, US$ Million)
(Source: ElectroniCast Consultants)
The vigor of an industry can be judged by the relative emphasis on, and status of development of new support technology. Early in a new industry, most of the research is fundamental (basic), mainly in university, government and other noncommercial laboratories. With maturity, commercial labs will have developed a significant base, and product development/engineering will consume relatively few research hours, as depicted in Figure 2. Late in the maturity cycle, basic research efforts shrink, and product development dominates. Based upon observations by ElectroniCast staff in attendance at various industry conferences and seminars, as well as primary market research interviews over the past years, it is apparent that much basic technology research and R&D is still required. There are many more years of vigorous growth ahead for OLED solutions.
Evolution of Research Emphasis during Technology Life Cycle
(Source: ElectroniCast Consultants)
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