New Materials and Better Processes Spur Touch Sensor Market Growth, According to NPD DisplaySearch


SANTA CLARA, CALIF., June 24, 2014—Both glass-based and film-based sensors are evolving to improve performance, while at the same time becoming thinner and lighter, and increasing optical quality. The latest Touch Sensor Market and Evolution Report from NPD DisplaySearch forecasts that the total touch sensor area yield of projective capacitive, in-cell, on-cell, and resistive sensors, will reach 23.3 million square meters in 2015, up from 18 million square meters in 2014. Capacity for sensors for film substrates will be higher than for glass substrate, due to expected area growth of each type of film structure.

Figure: Touch Sensor Total Yield Area by Type

Source: NPD DisplaySearch Touch Sensor Market and Evolution Report

"Metal mesh, sliver nanowires, and other new materials will be used in the production of larger displays with better sheet resistance at affordable prices, and these new materials might be used for curved or flexible-touch sensors soon," said Shoko Oi, deputy director of touch panel and emerging display research for NPD DisplaySearch.

Taiwan will continue to be the top region for manufacturing touch sensors through 2016; however, due to strong demand from local smartphone and tablet PC brands, China is expected to rise to #2 in 2016.

The Touch Sensor Market and Evolution Report offers provides touch sensor production survey results, a three-year sensor market forecast, sensor structure evolution, and ITO-replacement material trends. Insights on all current and future dynamics are also included in the report. For more information about the report, please contact Charles Camaroto at 888-436-7673 or 516-625-2452, e-mail, or contact your regional NPD DisplaySearch office in China, Japan, Korea or Taiwan.

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