The global graphene market size was valued at USD 23.7 million in 2015 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 36.7% from 2016 to 2025. The product is extracted from graphite ore and is around 100 times stronger than steel. It can conduct electricity and heat efficiently and is one of the thinnest elements in the world.
The market is expected to be driven by growing electronics industry. Nano-platelets and oxide are the two major products which are primarily used in electronic goods and devices. Properties such as high electron mobility and permeability have made it one of the most important materials in the electronic, composite, and energy sectors.
U.S. graphene market revenue, by application, 2014-2025 (USD Million)
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Graphene nano-platelets dominated the market in 2015, followed by oxide. These are primarily used in touch screens for mobile phones. They are also used in various nanotechnology applications.
The application segment was dominated by electronics industry in 2015. Due to its high strength and conduction property, the product is widely used in this industry. Apart from touch screens for tablets and mobile phones, it can also be used to make circuitry of laptops and personal computers, making them run faster. Also, due to its low thickness, it can be used as a semiconductor. Its chips are faster than the existing silicon chips.
The electronics industry is driven by growing demand from the Asia Pacific region and manufacturing rebound in the U.S. from the economic slowdown of 2007 to 2009. Besides, growing markets for smartphones, tablets, high-definition TVs are further expected to boost the global electronics industry.
Composites accounted for the second largest share of 36% among applications of graphene, in 2016. These composites can enhance strength and conductivity of bulk materials. These can have applications in several industries including aerospace, medical implants, and engineering materials. The composites and coatings have also found applications in sports including lawn tennis and Formula 1 racing.
Nanoplatelets segment accounted for more than 50% of all products in 2015. They are small stacks of graphene, with a thickness ranging from 1 to 15 nanometers. Polymers such as plastic or rubber can be made conductive, by adding small proportions of nanoplatelets. These platelets, with high barrier and mechanical properties such as stiffness and surface hardness, can be used as thermal and electrical conductors in several applications.
Global graphene market share, by product, 2015 (%)
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Graphene oxide, which is considered to be a cheaper alternative, is projected to witness a steady over CAGR of 30% over the forecast period. It is sold in powdered form or as a coating on a substrate. This coating can make the substrate conductive, which makes the product an essential material for manufacturing transparent conductive films. Besides, graphene oxide can also be used in medical applications and disease detection.
North America held the largest share of 33.6% in the global market. This region is expected to witness a growth in automobile and electronics industries, which would boost the demand. Besides, growing energy sector in this region is projected to provide the necessary momentum to the industry over the forecast period.
Asia Pacific is projected to be the fastest-growing region over the forecast period. The market in this region is expected to grow due to growing electronics industries in countries such as China, Japan, India, and South Korea.
Growing automobile and aerospace & defense industries in this region are also expected to play a key role in the growth of the market over the forecast period. Europe, which accounted for more than 28% of the market in 2015, is projected to grow at the second highest CAGR of 36.9% from 2016 to 2025.
The market is highly consolidated with the presence of a few number of manufacturers, scattered throughout the world. Angstron Materials, Inc., Thomas Swan & Co., XG Sciences Inc., and Graphenea SA are the major players in this industry.
Some of the other prominent manufacturers include AMO Gmbh, Directa Plus, Xiamen Knano Graphene Technology Corporation Limited, Graphensic AB, Graphene Laboratories, Inc., ACS Material, LLC, Bluestone Global Tech, 2D Carbon Tech Inc., Ltd., Group Nanoxplore Inc., Vorbeck Materials, CVD Equipment Corporation, Grafoid Inc., Graphene Nanochem PLC, and Haydale Graphene Industries PLC.
In April 2014, Graphene Laboratories, Inc. and Haydale announced that the HDPlas series of superior performance materials would be offered by the graphene supermarket, one of the leading sources of the product in the U.S. This agreement helped Haydale increase its industry reach in the U.S. These strategies helped the companies gain access to some of the untapped regions, thereby increasing their distribution networks and industry shares.
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