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May 25th, 2012

Continued growth of sol-gel market predicted

Published on May 25th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The market for sol-gel derived products is projected to experience significant growth over the next five years, according to an updated study. Credit: BCC Research.

BCC Research has released an updated study on the market for products created using sol-gel processing techniques of ceramics and glass, and the company says it expects sales in the multi-billion dollar range in five years.

The study is based on an analysis published in 2006 by ACeS member Thomas Abraham, who has been a speaker at several Society meetings.

The new report says that the global market for sol-gel products reached $1.4 billion in 2011 and will grow to $2.2 billion by 2017 (a compound annual growth rate of 7.9 percent). The US market for sol-gel products amounted to about one-third of the total for 2011, and BCC predicts it will grow faster than the world-market average, to $888.5 million by 2017 (CAGR of 10.1 percent).

Regarding the dynamics at play in these markets, BCC asserts that while the “US has become a leader in sol-gel research and development however, historically Japan has been able to commercialize sol-gel technology and market products faster.” The company also notes that Germany is the most competitive European country in the sol-gel field.

Sol-gel techniques have gained popularity because they can in many cases produce ceramics and glass with better purity and homogeneity than high-temperature, conventional processes.

Sol-gel approaches have been used in a wide variety of applications, including:

• Coatings and thin films used in electronic, optical and electro-optic components and devices;

• Antireflection coatings for automotive and architectural uses;

• Protective and decorative coatings for glass, metal and other types of substrates;

• Dental and biomedical products that serve as carriers for biomolecules;

• Fiber optic sensors;

• Thermal insulation;

• Abrasives;

• Passive and nonlinear active waveguides and lasers; and

• Membranes for separation and filtration.

ACerS has a number of excellent books and publications about sol-gel processing available at the ACerS-Wiley bookstore.

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One Response to Continued growth of sol-gel market predicted

  1. Ken Pedlar says:

    My company is about to start the manufacture of new carbon fibre composite marine and flight craft and is looking at the possibility of using advanced ceramics in the construction of components and use of coatings for protection from weather and sea conditions and would appreciate information of whats currently available and whats under development.

    Kind Regards

    Ken Pedlar
    Inertialess Drive International

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