Silver Conductive Inks Market Will Triple Over Next 8 Years

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...the report also warns that the "biggest challenge to the future of silver's use in electronics is undoubtedly its high cost. This is one reason that the traditional semiconductor industry has never seriously considered using silver for interconnects. Silver ink sales in the printable electronics business are also hurt by high prices. And with the price of silver almost doubling over the past year, this has really become an issue."

The market for silver conductive inks will almost triple over the next eight years to reach $2.4 billion by 2015, industry analysts NanoMarkets predicts.

In their report, "Silver Inks and Pastes for Printable Electronics: 2008-2015," NanoMarkets said businesses "are suddenly sitting up and taking notice of opportunities in the silver ink business, when they haven't paid made attention to this kind of material in years."

The report covers the future of both conventional inks and pastes and new nanosilver inks. Printed electronics are attracting attention as an opportunity for conductive silver inks, according to the study. "Since silver is the best conductor known to man (especially since its oxide is also conductive), silver conductive inks immediately assume a pre-eminence in the pursuit of PE."...

However, the report also warns that the "biggest challenge to the future of silver's use in electronics is undoubtedly its high cost. This is one reason that the traditional semiconductor industry has never seriously considered using silver for interconnects. Silver ink sales in the printable electronics business are also hurt by high prices. And with the price of silver almost doubling over the past year, this has really become an issue."

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