- Silver's superior conductivity and compatibility with low-temperature processing means that it is hard to replace in many applications, including traditional applications for printed silver in the thick film electronics market. Traditional thick-film applications for printed silver will use $2.4 billion worth of silver inks and pastes in 2013, and this sector will grow to a value of about $3.4 billion by 2020.
- In addition, the ongoing megatrend toward miniaturization of electronic circuitry means that manufacturers will be looking for higher value-added inks that target specific, new niches. This trend will lead to increasing opportunities for higher resolution printing inks designed for deposition by ink-jet, flexographic, gravure, and other printing methods. While the market in 2013 for silver inks is expected to a modest $260 million, the value could grow to well over $1 billion by the end of the decade.
- Finally, several new sectors may turn out to be big users of printed silver circuitry. Possibilities are flexible displays – perhaps still three to five years away – but also OLED lighting, which could turn into a big user of silver if the technology takes off as expected, and the sensors market, which is growing as part of the ubiquitous electronics trend that seeks to create a world of pervasive computing and an "Internet-of-Things."
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