E-Paper Revenues Forecast to Reach $9.6B in Under 10 Years
Editor's Note: I wonder how the market share will break out for e-reading between dedicated e-paper devices, smart phones, and net tablets?
AUSTIN, TEXAS — In its recently released , DisplaySearch forecasts that the total e-paper display market will grow to 1.8 billion units and $9.6 billion in revenues in 2018, from 22 million units and $431 million in revenues in 2009, for a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 41%for revenues and 64% for units.
The market for e-paper displays—which are found in e-books, e-textbooks, e-newspapers, e-magazines, mobile phones, electronic shelf labels, point–of-purchase and public signage displays, displays in smart and credit cards, clothes and other wearable items, and other applications—has taken off this past year, becoming one of the few shining stars in the economic downturn.
“E-paper displays are taking off with consumers due to their low power consumption and ease of reading, especially in sunlight,” noted Jennifer Colegrove, Director of Display Technologies at DisplaySearch.“In addition, e-paper displays are ‘green’ because they reduce paper consumption, and electronic shelf labels can save time and labor costs by enabling dynamic pricing in stores.”
E-book displays currently account for the majority of e-paper revenues. Nearly all e-book devices currently in the market use E Ink’s electrophoretic display technology, with a small number—such as Fujitsu’s FLEPia—using cholesteric LCD (liquid crystal display) technology. Other electrophoretic display suppliers SiPix and Bridgestone have announced that they will also commercialize e-book displays.
Additional findings from the DisplaySearch E-Paper Displays Report:
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