Flexible glass as originally promoted seemed to be a miracle material; one that combined the virtues of glass and the virtues of plastic. However, during 2013, flexible glass seems to have stumbled. Ambitious talk of millions of flexible mobile displays based on flexible glass substrates and cover glass have given way to more restrained projections in which initial uses for flexible glass are more niche-like; batteries, capacitors and sensors, for example. Corning’s recent announcement of shaped Gorilla Glass, seems a recognition that the cover glass requirements for next-generation displays may be more curved than flexible.
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This report provides a market assessment and eight-year forecast of flexible glass, given the new business environment in which flexible glass providers find themselves. The report examines (1) the traditional markets into which flexible glass was supposed to be sold and when they might become a reality and (2) the revenue potential for flexible glass in some of the newer applications for which it is now being proposed.
In addition to the likely trends in applications, this report also discusses the product strategies of the leading glass companies offering flexible glass and also includes detailed eight-year forecasts of flexible glass with breakouts by applications. The report is the third dedicated analysis from NanoMarkets and updates previously issued reports and forecasts.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
E.1 Flexible glass loses its glow
E.1.1 Corning deemphasizes “Willow”
E.1.2 Other strategies in the flexible glass market
E.2 Shifts in consumer applications for flexible glass
E.2.1 Apple rumors affect the flexible glass market
E.2.2 Heading away from displays: emerging applications for flexible glass
E.2.3 When will the mainstream cell phone and tablet market need flexible glass?
E.3 Summary of eight-year forecasts for flexible glass
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1 What’s new since NanoMarkets previous report on flexible glass
1.2 Objectives and scope of this report
1.3 Methodology of this report
1.4 Plan of this report
CHAPTER TWO: APPLICATIONS FOR FLEXIBLE GLASS – THE NEW AND THE OLD
2.1 Displays no longer leading the way for flexible glass
2.1.1 Flexible glass and flexible displays (and curved displays too)
2.1.2 The role of curved Gorilla glass
2.1.3 Plastics versus flexible glass
2.2. Semiconductor packaging – long shot or good idea?
2.3 Smaller substrates – batteries, capacitors and sensors
2.4 Larger glass – solar panels and OLED lighting
2.5 Which application will be just right?
2.6 Key points from this chapter
CHAPTER THREE: SUPPLIERS ADAPTING TO THE CHANGING FORTUNES OF FLEXIBLE GLASS
3.1 Corning changes its tune
3.2 Schott looks to the future
3.3 Asahi Glass takes a different approach
3.4 Nippon Electric Glass
3.4.1 Kobe and ITO-coated flexible glass
3.4 Key points from this chapter
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CHAPTER FOUR: EIGHT-YEAR FORECASTS FOR FLEXIBLE GLASS
4.1 Forecasting methodology
4.1.1 Sources of data
4.1.2 General economic and technology assumptions
4.2 Eight-year forecast of flexible glass in displays
4.3 Eight-year forecast of other large panels – solar and OLED lighting
4.4 Eight-year forecast of small substrate applications – batteries, capacitors, sensors, etc.,
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