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New report of Global Markets and Technologies for Nanofibers

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Markets and Technologies for Nanofibers

INTRODUCTION
 
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

BCC Research has tracked the nanofiber market since 2005, reporting on all the latest developments. The market has grown since that time at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 20%, representing one of the fastest-growing segments within the nanotechnology sector. With this study, BCC continues its commitment to monitoring the nanofiber market by providing an updated review of the most important advances in nanofiber technology and production methods, and supplying a detailed overview of the current market, including an objective analysis of prospects for future growth.

Specifically, the major objectives of this study are to:

  • Provide an updated review of nanofibers, focusing on materials and fabrication technologies.
  • Highlight new technological developments during the past three years, while outlining current technical issues.
  • Review existing fields of application for nanofibers and examine emerging applications.
  • Estimate current global markets for nanofibers by material type, application and region, with growth forecasts through 2017 for each market segment.
  • Identify important technology and industry trends within each market segment.
  • Supply an updated review of current industry players, including manufacturers of nanofiber-based products, materials and equipment, and technology developers.
  • Provide a description of the most relevant research and development activities.
  • Determine trends in recently issued U.S. patents.

REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY

Nanofibers are traditionally defined as nanostructures with a diameter under 1,000 nm and a length-to-width ratio typically greater than 50. The global nanotechnology market, encompassing nanostructured materials, nanotools and nanodevices, was estimated to be worth approximately $14 billion in 2012 with continued steady growth expected. Although nanofibers are currently estimated to represent just over 1% of this market, their share is expected to grow in the future as the use of nanofibers expands at a faster rate than other segments of the nanotechnology sector.

The high surface area offered by nanofibers together with other physical, electrical, thermal and mechanical properties makes them suitable for various commercial applications, including but not limited to electronics, energy, mechanical/chemical, consumer and life sciences.

At the time of BCC's last report (NAN043B Nanofibers: Technologies and Developing Markets, June 2010), the global market for nanofibers was valued at only $101.5 million but experiencing rapid, double-digit growth.

Since BCC's last report, nanofiber fabrication technologies have continued to evolve. In addition, several new applications have been developed, while others, having completed the development stage, are now entering commercialization.

The principal reason for doing this report is to present a current assessment of the nanofiber industry from both a technological and market point of view and to outline future trends and key developments.

There is also a need to evaluate the current status and future trends of the nanofiber industry from a global standpoint. As the use of nanofiber-based products expands and new fields of application emerge, information on the suppliers and developers of these products and their regional distribution becomes more valuable.

An equally important reason for undertaking this report is to provide technical insights into nanofiber manufacturing by:

  • Providing a review of materials, their specific applications and production methods.
  • Identifying current technical trends.
  • Providing an overview of the main global R&D activities related to nanofibers, resulting in the issuance of patents.
  • Illustrating the latest technological developments.

This information can assist companies in identifying opportunities for process and productivity improvements and new product development, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

This study will be of primary interest to all organizations that:

  • Manufacture, sell and distribute nanofibers and nanofiber-based products.
  • Supply raw materials for nanofiber production.
  • Manufacture process equipment utilized by nanofiber producers.
  • Fabricate and supply filtration media, catalysts, advanced displays, batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells.
  • Provide technical and/or marketing services in conjunction with the above mentioned devices.
  • Are planning to enter the nanofiber industry as a supplier, manufacturer or end user.

Overall, this report applies to industry sectors such as electronics, mechanical/ chemical, energy, sensors/instrumentation, medical/biological/pharmaceutical, thermal and acoustic insulation, consumer goods, automotive and aerospace, and defense and security.

The report is mainly directed toward executives, directors, operations managers, sales and marketing managers, and strategic planners working within the above industries. Universities and research facilities may also find this report to be a good source of technical information regarding nanofiber technology and applications, which can be used as a baseline for new or expanded R&D activities. Librarians of technical information and research centers can also use this report to provide critical data to product managers, market analysts, researchers and other professionals needing detailed and updated insights into the nanofiber industry.

SCOPE OF REPORT

This report provides an updated review of nanofiber technology, including materials and production processes, and identifies current and emerging applications for this technology.

BCC Research delineates the current market status for nanofiber-based products, defines trends and presents growth forecasts for the next five years. The nanofiber industry is analyzed based on the following segments: material, application and region. In addition, technological issues, including key events and the latest process developments, are discussed.

More specifically, BCC's market analysis is divided into five sections.

In the first section, an introduction to the topic and a historical review of nanofibers are provided, including an outline of recent events. In this section, current and emerging nanofiber applications are also identified and grouped in segments (automotive and aerospace, consumer, defense and security, electronics, energy, mechanical/chemical, medical/biological/pharmaceutical, sensors and instrumentation, thermal and acoustic insulation, and others).

The second section provides a technological review of nanofibers. This section identifies traditional nanofiber materials and new materials, typical fabrication methods and recent process upgrades, and nanofiber applications by material type. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments since 2010, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for, as well as highlighting the most active research organizations operating in this field.

The third section entails a global market analysis of nanofiber products. Global nanofiber revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented for each segment (material, application and region) with actual data from 2010 through 2012.

The analysis of current nanofiber revenues is followed by a detailed presentation of market growth trends, based on industry growth, technological trends, unit price trends and regional trends. The third section concludes by providing projected revenues for nanofiber-based products within each segment, together with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for 2012 through 2017.

The fourth section, global industry structure, lists nanofiber suppliers with descriptions of their products. The analysis includes a description of the geographical distribution of these suppliers and an evaluation of other key industry players. Detailed company profiles of the top players are also provided.

The fifth and final section includes an extensive U.S. patent analysis, with a summary of patents related to nanofiber materials, fabrication methods and applications. The patents examined in this study were issued from 2010 through 2012. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, application and material type.

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