EMI Shielding Materials Market - Snapshot

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding materials are used to surround electronic devices with materials to guard them against such electromagnetic frequencies caused by other electronic devices. EMI shielding materials are used in devices such as smartphones, drones, global positioning systems (GPSs), and music players. The electromagnetic frequencies emitted by electronic devices are also harmful to human beings. Hence, the use of EMI shielding materials is important. Some of the EMI shielding materials include laminates, metals, conductive coatings, and paints.

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Expansion of telecommunications industry drive demand for EMI shielding materials

In the telecommunications industry, EMI shielding materials are used in communication towers, wires and cables, server rooms, and related instrumentation primarily to avoid loss of information due to interference caused by EMI. Loss of information is also a concern when towers and cables are exposed to extreme environmental conditions such as adverse temperatures and strong winds. The telecommunications industry has been growing at a consistent pace in the last few years. Rise in the number of smartphones and increase in use of Internet have led to major developments in the telecommunications industry. Therefore, it has become more important to ensure that high amount of electromagnetic signals sent by these devices do not interfere with each other.

Regulatory guidelines to negatively affect consumption of EMI shielding materials

EMI radiation is harmful to the human health and hence, strict regulations have been implemented to protect humans from excessive exposure to EMI radiations. Similarly, radiation can affect workings of nearby electronic devices. In industries such as aerospace and military, improper working of electronic devices can cause considerable damage to equipment, operations, and employees involved in the exercise. Hence, several regulations have been implemented to prevent mishaps. However, regulations are likely to slow down the development and innovation of advanced electronic devices. This, in turn, is projected to reduce the use of EMI shielding materials in various industries such as defense, electronics, telecommunications, aerospace, and health care.

Defense and high-end manufacturing to create opportunities for EMI shielding materials

The defense industry has always been an important market for EMI shielding materials. There are several equipment and devices in the defense industry which require EMI shielding materials. These include GPSs, radars, military satellites, and handheld communication devices. Along with the development of advanced weapons such as fighter aircraft, the number of devices communicating through electromagnetic signals have increased. This has made it pivotal to ensure that signals do not disrupt the workings of various military devices. Hence, demand for EMI shielding materials is expected to increase in the defense industry during the forecast period. The high-end manufacturing sector refers primarily to the use of EMI shielding materials in aerospace and defense equipment manufacturing sectors. In these sectors, it is crucial that electronic and electrical components work properly and that electromagnetic radiations of various components do not interfere with each other; therefore the demand for high-quality EMI shielding materials is expected to increase in this sector. High-end manufacturing also includes the use of EMI shielding materials in luxury automotive.

Limited threat to the EMI shielding materials market from substitutes

There are few substitutes for EMI shielding materials. Materials that are currently in use such as metals and conductive coatings work well. Hence, the only threat is from internal substitution due to the use of better technology or upgraded materials.

Conductive coatings and metals are extensively used materials in EMI shielding

In 2017, the conductive coatings segment dominated the market, followed by the metals segment.  Conductive coatings can be used individually and in combination with other materials such as conductive plastics and metals; therefore, the consumption of these materials is high. In terms of application, the defense and electronics segment accounted for a considerable share of the market, followed by the automotive segment. Increase in use of electronic equipment by military and consumers has propelled the demand for EMI shielding materials by these segments. Based on region, Asia Pacific is a manufacturing hub for electronic equipment; therefore, it dominated the market in 2017. A large share of electronics are manufactured in countries such as China, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore, and majority of these products are exported to countries outside Asia Pacific.

Large number of companies operate in the global EMI shielding materials market

The global EMI shielding materials market consists of several companies. However, industry giants such as Laird Technologies and 3M Inc. are headquartered in developed economies such as Europe and North America. Some of the important players operating in the market include Parker Hannifin Corporation, HEICO Corporation, and Simotec (Thailand) Co. Ltd.

EMI Shielding Materials Market - Overview

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) refers to disturbance in operation of electronic devices due to the presence of electromagnetic field in radio frequency spectrum caused by other electronic devices. EMI shielding can be defined as the action of surrounding electronic devices with materials to guard against such electromagnetic frequencies. EMI shielding is usually done using materials such as laminates, metals, conductive coatings, and conductive plastics.

This report analyzes and forecasts the market for EMI shielding materials at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on volume (in tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2018 to 2026, considering 2017 as the base year. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global EMI shielding materials market. It also covers the impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand for EMI shielding materials market during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the EMI shielding materials market at the global and regional level.

The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global EMI shielding materials market. Porter’s Five Forces model has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the EMI shielding materials market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein materials and applications are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global EMI shielding materials market by segmenting the report based on material, application, and region. In terms of material, the EMI shielding materials market has been classified into conductive coatings, metals, conductive plastics, laminates, and others. Based on application, the EMI shielding materials market has been classified into defense, electronics, automotive, telecommunication, aerospace, and medical. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. The regional segmentation includes current and future demand for EMI shielding materials in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

The report provides the actual market size of EMI shielding materials for 2017 and estimated market size for 2018 with forecast for the next eight years. The global market of EMI shielding materials has been provided in terms volume and revenue. Market volume has been defined in tons and revenue in US$ Mn. Market numbers have been estimated based on material and application of EMI shielding materials. Market volume and size have been provided in terms of global, regional, and country level markets.

The report comprises profiles of major companies operating in the global EMI shielding materials market. Key players in the EMI shielding materials market include Laird Technologies, HEICO Corporation, 3M Inc., and Parker Hannifin Corporation. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.

The global EMI shielding materials market has been segmented as follows:

Global EMI Shielding Materials Market: by Material

  • Conductive Coatings
  • Metals
  • Conductive Plastics
  • Laminates
  • Others

Global EMI Shielding Materials Market: by Application

  • Automotive
  • Defense
  • Electronics
  • Telecommunications
  • Aerospace
  • Medical

Global EMI Shielding Materials Market: by Region/ Sub-region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Key Takeaways

  • EMI shielding materials are used in a wide range of applications such as automotive, electronics, defense, telecommunications, aerospace, and medical. These provide a coating around the integrated chips to prevent them from being affected by electromagnetic frequencies caused by other devices. Electromagnetic frequencies can also be harmful to human beings.
  • In terms of material, the conductive coatings segment dominated the EMI shielding materials market in 2017
  • Based on application, the demand for EMI shielding materials in the defense segment was similar to that of the electronics segment in 2017. Over the last few years, the demand for EMI shielding materials has been rising significantly in the defense segment due to innovation and development of new technologies and devices.
  • Asia Pacific was a lucrative market for EMI shielding materials in 2017, due to the prevalence of a high number of manufacturing facilities in major economies such as China, Japan, and India
  • The cost of EMI shielding materials varies considerably dependent upon the material such as conductive coatings, conductive plastics, laminates, and others
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