"Thin Film and Printed Battery Market, Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 - 2017) by Technology (Substrate type, Electrolyte type, Cathode type), Products (Voltage types, Rechargeability, Integration type), & Applications (Commercial, Industrial, Consumer)"
The thin battery market segmentation revolves around the four major market parameters, namely products, applications, technology, and geography.
The product segmentation for the thin battery market is based on the specifications and the physical parameters of the battery. Parameters such as supply voltage, an ability of a battery to get recharged, and the integration type of a battery have been taken into account. The technology chapter also provides the quantitative data for the battery types segmented according to its various component types. The report covers the segmentation of the thin film batteries and printed batteries according to their composition and chemistries.
The thin battery market is also mapped against geography. The geography market is further segmented into regions such as North America, Europe, APAC, and ROW, which gives a detailed insight about the potential regions for the thin battery market. Along with the revenue data, shipments for each region are also mentioned.
The applications for the thin battery market are broadly divided into commercial applications, industrial applications, and consumer applications. Each application type is further segmented and both, qualitative and quantitative data for each type is given. The analysis helps to estimate the high growth niche segments in the market. The report also gives an in-depth analysis of year-on-year revenue and shipment trend lines.
Apart from the market segmentation, report also includes the critical market data showing the price trend analysis for the thin batteries, Porter's five force analysis, value chain with detailed process flow diagram, and market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
For the market estimation, various secondary sources, directories, and databases such as Factiva, Manta, Dun & Bradstreet, and Bloomberg have been used. Secondary research was carried out to identify and collect extensive technical and commercial information for studying the global thin battery market. The primary sources - experts from related industries and preferred suppliers - have been interviewed to obtain and verify critical information as well as assess the future prospects. Given below is the research methodology used for the report.
A top-down approach was used to estimate the market size of thin battery market. The research methodology used to calculate market size also includes the following details:
The geographical split is determined using secondary sources verified through primary sources. It is based on various parameters such as the number of players in a particular region and the extent of research activity occurring in that region.
Apart from the above-mentioned approach, bottom-up approach was used for the niche application segments such as external medical devices and internal medical devices. Level 1 and level 2 data for the market have been verified by the use of various market cracking methods.
Due to thin film technology and printed electronic technology, batteries manufactured are very thin, having thickness of a few microns. Apart from being thin, these batteries are flexible and hence can be rolled or twisted according to the OEM's requirements. Thin batteries are majorly divided into two segments; thin film batteries and printed batteries. The segmentation is done based on the different manufacturing processes and the different types of equipments used for manufacturing. Each battery type is further divided according four major market parameters such as; technology, products, applications, and geography.
Currently, commercial electronics is driving the thin battery market with its strong shipments. Most of the units are shipped for applications such as smartcards, smart labels, smart packaging application, and retail applications. Commercial segment earned the highest in the year 2011 and is expected to dominate the market till 2017.
Technology segment of the thin battery market is split in to three different segments. These three segments are substrate type segmentation, electrolyte type segmentation, and chemistry type segmentation. Currently, LIPON is the market leader, contributing more than 70%. It is followed by organic electrolyte and others. By 2017 the dominance of LIPON is expected to continue.
Product market for the thin battery is segmented into three different ways; by rechargeability, by voltage type, and by the integration type. Segmentation according to the rechargeability is critical since many applications depend on the recharging capability of the battery. In 2011, the non-rechargeable type of batteries outpaced rechargeable batteries in terms of revenue grossing. By the year 2017, the gap is expected to close down and both the types will approximately contribute similar share to the market.
Market is split into four regions; North America, Europe, APAC, and ROW. Currently, North America is leading all the regions. One of the reasons for this is the intense R&D activity in North America, particularly in the U.S. Due to the strong R&D activities; many firms in North America had the advantage of early market entrants.
The major players competing in the thin battery market are Cymbet Corporation (U.S.), Solicore, Inc. (U.S.), Blue Spark Technologies, Inc. (U.S.), Enerdel, Inc. (U.S.), Planar Energy Devices, Inc. (U.S.), Rocket Electric Co., Ltd. (South Korea), Power Paper Ltd. (Israel), and Enfucell Oy (Finland). The following graph shows global thin battery market indicating revenue, weighted ASP, and shipments. Data analysis is done from 2011 to 2017.
The growth of the thin battery market is visible from the graph shown above. Initially, in 2011 and 2012, the market is very less, both by value and by volume. But post 2013, due to higher growth rate, the market is expected to experience heavy sales.
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