Polarizer film trends: AMOLED growth, and acrylics move in

July 25, 2012 — Polarizers used in display manufacturing will form a $9.94 billion market in 2012, up 4% from 2011, according to Displaybank. Sequentially, the polarizer market decreased by 9% in Q1 2012, hitting 2.235 billion. This was down 6% from Q1 2011.

The majority of polarizers — 98% — will be used in thin-film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), with the remainder divvied up between active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) and other display technologies. Starting in 2012, the AMOLED TV market is expected to grow gradually. New films are being developed to meet this need, as compensation films used in small- and medium-sized AMOLED displays are inadequate for large-size AMOLEDs. While just 2% of the overall polarizer market in 2012 ($167 million), AMOLED-use polarizers will grow to 9% of the total segment by 2016, Displaybank reports, exceeding $1 billion.

Figure. Polarizer market forecast by technology/size. SOURCE: Displaybank, Polarizer Market & Industry Trend Analysis.

Acrylic films will also see growth. Acrylic films are used to replace Z-TAC, a polarizer compensation film for IPS. Now, acrylics are being investigated as an alternative to plane TAC films. This has been shown in small and medium-sized applications, and could emerge in 2013 and grow rapidly in 2014.

“Polarizer Market & Industry Trend Analysis” analyzes the market forecast of polarizer, production line status by manufacturer, supply chain, and price trend from 2010 to 2016. In addition, this report intends to give a better understanding of the polarize market where the competition of the  high value-added film production started in earnest through the market analysis of important optical sub-material films, TAC film, PVA film, PET protective film, release film, anti-reflection film, and compensation film.

Learn more and access the report at http://www.displaybank.com/_eng/research/report_view.html?id=15&cate=4

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