Global Lithographic Chemicals Market: Overview
Lithography is a process used in the fabrication of a substance on a micro-scale to arrange parts of a thin film or the bulk of a planar surface onto which layer of another substance is applied. Lithographic printing is based on the principle that oil and water do not mix readily. Initially, lithography was used primarily for artistic expression and illustration, but advances in photography, press design, and platemaking made it a viable and popular commercial printing medium. Lithographic chemicals find application in semiconductors and microelectronic devices as well. They can be classified into resists, deposition precursors, developers, strippers, and removers.
Lithographic chemicals are used in the form of coatings for flat printing, including offset and flexographic printing. It is also used in screen printing emulsions or color proofing films. Lithographic chemicals include photoacid generators and activators, negative and positive diazoresins, and infrared absorbing dyes for thermal Computer to Plate (CtP) systems. Some specialty chemical compounds, such as polymers and acrylic monomers, are involved in the manufacturing of CtP systems. Lithographic chemicals consist mainly of polymers and dyes (especially cyanines). Polymers such as the polyimides, acrylics, novolaks, polyurethanes, polyvinylbutyrals, urethane acrylates, and polyurethanes are used in the printing coatings segment. Other than these, the printing coatings industry uses a wide range of specialty polymers so as to stress particular functionalities.
Global Lithographic Chemicals Market: Trends and Opportunities
The product segment of lithographic chemicals used to produce semiconductors and other microelectronic devices is projected to expand at a significant CAGR in the forecast period.
The fastest-growing segments of the market are deposition precursors and etchants which would expand at a double digit CAGR throughout the forecast period.
The sales of resists are projected to rise at an average CAGR over the next eight years compared with the overall market; in fact, the segment may lose market share slightly, but should remain the largest segment through the forecast period. Developers, strippers, and removers should remain the second largest market segment, although their share of the market is also expected to drop. Deposition precursors are expected to remain in third place, while increasing their market share in the forecast period.
The effect of non-semiconductor microelectronic applications, such as flat panel displays, varies by sub-segment and segment on the market for microlithography chemicals. A major chunk of the market is occupied by the semiconductor segment. However, due to growth of the non-semiconductor sector, this percentage is projected to decline during the forecast period.
Global Lithographic Chemicals Market: Geographical and Competitive Dynamics
The North American region has been the strongest lithographic chemical market in the past few years, followed by the rising markets of Asia Pacific and Europe. Increasing research and development activities related to lithographic chemicals, by major market players has proved to be a critical market driver in the North America. Europe and Asia Pacific are anticipated to witness extensive growth over the next few years due to increasing demand from end-use industries. Owing to a boom in the electronics industry in the Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, the share of Asia Pacific is expected to be the highest in the 2023. Additionally, technological advancements, along with increasing investment in the electronics industry is expected to further augment market growth in the near future.
Some of the lithographic chemical manufacturers are Varichem Co Ltd, GFS Chemicals, Inc., Bayville Chemical Supply, Inc., Ashland Inc., Hawkins & Associates, Inc., and PCAS Group.
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