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Printed Electronics: Three Emergent Market Applications
Keywords: emergent markets, applications, market drivers
Even though the printed electronics industry is a rapid developing one, many early markets and applications have already been defined. Printed electronics has captured a great deal of attention in radio frequency identification (RFID), photovoltaic cells, and displays, with good reason. These are three large, potentially very profitable markets. But there are less explored applications of printed electronics that also have these characteristics. These are not markets for five or ten years from now they exist or can be created today. Authentication, pharmaceuticals/medical devices, and food safety are all excellent markets for printed electronics. Printed electronics has unique capabilities that can address important aspects of each of these applications. These markets are wide open and companies in the printed electronics space can seize ownership of these markets and drive their growth. This paper brings attention to three overlooked markets where printed electronics can have a dramatic impact. The author presents the markets and the market landscapes, evaluates their potential, and explains the market drivers and how printed electronics can address market needs.
Kevin M. Closson, Analyst
Nerac, Inc.
Tolland, CT

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