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Nanotechnology Report

Silver, Powders and Flakes: 2011

Category: Materials Published: Jun 2011 View Contents
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The traditional silver powders and flakes business is being shaken up by the commercialization of silver nanopowders and nanostructures. The arrival of these silver nanomaterials is enabling addressable markets for silver inks and powders to be expanded. Nanosilver powders promise to become a potent new antibacterial preparation, for example. And nanosilver inks have the potential to take printed electronics from the age of the membrane switch to the age of the printed sensor and backplane.

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This new report analyzes the markets available for silver powders, flakes and nanomaterials over the next eight-years and provides detailed guidance on where the new revenue generating capabilities will emerge. It includes a granular forecast of new business potential in this area for the next eight years, as well as an analysis of the strategies being employed by the leading firms in this space. The report covers both emerging and conventional uses of silver flakes and powders and is a companion volume to the highly successful series of reports that we have produced on silver inks and pastes for the past five years.

This report also discusses the considerable challenges that the silver powder and flakes business will face in the coming years. The most obvious of these is the high price of silver, which shows no sign of abating. This will make end users of silver powders and flakes begin to look at alternatives ranging from traditional silver alternatives such as carbon and copper all the way to the latest nanomaterials. We show where silver powders and flakes will continue to rule the roost and where they must give way to other kinds of non-silver replacements. In this report, we also consider with the impact of regulation impacting the use of nanomaterials, which has been especially focused on nanosilver. While nanosilver appears to offer a new weapon against bacteria there are genuine concerns that nanosilver could for this reason prove to be a health risk.

This report explores the emerging opportunities in the silver powders and flakes space in the light of all these trends and provides a truly up-to-date guide to where the opportunities are to be found and how the challenges can be avoided in this important materials market.

This new report analyses the markets available for silver powders, flakes and nanomaterials over the next eight-years.