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Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Materials and Components Markets and Opportunities

Category: Electronics Published: Apr 2010 View Contents
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Until quite recently, EMC materials and components markets were considered highly mature, with few opportunities for firms that were not well established in this field and products that had not changed much in years. However, the explosion in the use of radio frequency emitters in the recent past has given a boost to the industry.

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In addition to the most visible drivers for the EMC protection markets such as the rise of WiFi and 3G mobile communications, less obvious opportunities are appearing. In the automotive market, for example, the spread of wireless-based infotainment and navigation systems represents new revenue possibilities for EMI/RFI protection. Meanwhile, very-high-speed local area networks operating over copper wires are proliferating, creating a new, potential EMI/RFI hazard--large buildings crammed full of radio frequency devices have been cited as an EMC danger to nearby airports. And, both EMI/RFI and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) concerns are ongoing in a currently vibrant market for military electronics.

At the same time, EMC protection technologies are improving, enabling competition in this space based on more than just price. Materials that we believe will be of especial importance in the EMI/RFI sector are conductive polymers and nanomaterials, and perhaps hybrid materials made from both. In addition to the coatings, paints and other materials, this report also analyzes the markets for laminates and tapes, as well as higher value component products such as enclosures, cabinets and specialized cables, filters and cables.

This report builds on the analysis from our report on conductive coatings markets from last year, but covers the market opportunities across the broad spectrum of EMC protection. Its goal is to identify and quantify where the revenue generating opportunities will be for materials and components firms in the EMC sector over the coming eight years. Other related reports include market analyses of conductive coatings, ITO and ITO alternatives, silver inks and pastes and antistatic/ESD products (forthcoming).

The explosion in the use of radio frequency emitters in the recent past has given a boost to the industry.