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Global Metamaterials Technologies Market: Snapshot

Rise in wireless communication services, greater preference for more efficient solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, and funding provided by venture capital firms to potential metamaterial manufacturers are prophesied to raise the demand for metamaterials technologies in the global market. The rise in the demand could also be attributed to the ability of metamaterials technologies to amplify the absorption capability of solar cells. Moreover, the increase in demand for clean energy sources such as wind, solar, tidal, and hydro could translate into a want for more efficient solar cells. A lot of research institutes and companies are envisioned to come up with metamaterial products that could absorb light from various angles and spectrums.

The global metamaterials technologies market is anticipated to grow up to a US$1.27 bn by the end of 2020.

Diverse Applications Act as Driving Force for Metamaterials Technologies

Due to potential usages of metamaterials technologies in navigation, communication and radar, and spectroscopy, such applications are expected to witness growth at a rapid pace. Photonic metamaterials are the metamaterials used largely for communication at visible wavelengths. Terahertz metamaterials which interact at terahertz frequency are widely used in security screening processes and medical diagnostics as microwave couplers and beam steerers. As the name suggests, acoustic metamaterials are structures with acoustic effects. These are anticipated to be used in diverse applications such as efficient, ultra-slim, soundproofing coatings, vibration dampers, and home audio systems. Other metamaterials such as ultraviolet (UV) metamaterials and infrared metamaterials are being studied and researched upon by researchers for their distinct characteristics which could be used in future.

Metamaterials technologies are prognosticated to have a wide range of usage in aviation, telecommunication, and industrial sectors, and defense as well. Major applications could include solar, imaging (industrial and medical), acoustic, seismic protection, microwave cloaking, and communication and radar. Though there is still a long way to go in the scope of each product, communication and radar seems to be one of the largest and the fastest growing segments since the past few years. The demand for metamaterials technologies is expected to rise in the coming years due to the increase in demand for wireless communication services and the funding provided to companies that manufacture metamaterial antennas. Metamaterial antennas could be in demand due to their lightweight properties and the ability to support a wide range of frequency spectrum, accompanied by high-paced reconfiguration and better self-alignment as compared to conventional antennas.

North America Rules with Significant Investments by Venture Capitalists

In the recent past, North America was amongst the fastest and the largest growing markets for metamaterials technologies. This region is also expected to witness a growth in industrial, consumer, and defense applications. However, it should be noted that low commercial awareness and technical challenges in high volume fabrication could be primary growth restrictors in the market for metamaterials technologies.

Nevertheless, on account of telling investments by venture capitalists and grants provided by government agencies for startup metamaterial companies in North America, the market is expected to expand at a very high pace. As funds and promotions for research projects such as METAMORPHOSE (Metamaterials Organized for Radio, Millimeter Wave, and Photonic Superlattice Engineering) are being considered and supported by the European Commission, the metamaterials technologies market in Europe could also be likely to rise substantially.

In the coming years, the demand for metamaterials technologies is also predicted to surge in developing countries such as India and China and even developed ones as Singapore and Japan in Asia Pacific. Besides this, the metamaterials technologies market is estimated to grow in the Rest of the World due to a high demand in Latin America.

Leading players such as Metamagnetics, Inc., Metamaterial Technologies, Inc. (MTI), and Kymeta Corporation could showcase their prominence in the worldwide metamaterials technologies market.

Global Metamaterials Technologies Market: Overview

Metamaterials are periodic materials that derive properties from their structure rather than components. End-user industries of metamaterials include telecommunication, medical, optics, defense and solar. The metamaterial technologies report analyzes and forecasts the market for metamaterials on the global and regional level. Market has been forecast based on revenue (US$ Mn) from 2014 to 2020. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global metamaterials technologies market. It also covers the impact of these drivers and restraints on demand for metamaterials during the forecast period. The report comprises the study of opportunities in the metamaterial technologies market on the global and regional level. 
The report includes a detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global metamaterials technologies market. Analysis of Porter’s five forces model for the metamaterials technologies market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein application segments are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate and general attractiveness.
The study provides a decisive view on the global metamaterials technologies market by segmenting it in terms of products and applications. The report segments the market into key products that include radio & microwave metamaterials, photonic metamaterials, terahertz metamaterials, acoustic metamaterials and others (such as infrared and ultraviolet metamaterials). It segments the market into key applications that include communication and radar, imaging (medical & industrial), solar, acoustic devices and others (including microwave cloaking devices and seismic protection). Furthermore, the report segments the market based on key geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW). The study includes profiles of major companies operating in the global metamaterials technologies market. 
Key players profiled in the report include Applied EM Inc, Alight Technologies ApS, Colossal Storage Corporation, Echodyne Corporation, Evolv Technology, Fianium Ltd., Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc., Inframat Corporation, Kymeta Corporation, Luminus Devices Inc, Medical Wireless Sensing Ltd, Metamagnetics Inc, Metamaterial Technologies Inc, Nanosteel Company Inc, Opalux Inc and Sandvik Materials Technology. Market players are profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies and recent developments.
Primary research represents the bulk of our research efforts, supplemented by an extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights and recognizing business opportunities. 
Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, and SEC filings, internal and external proprietary databases and relevant patent and regulatory databases, national government documents, statistical databases, and market reports, news articles, press releases and webcasts specific to the companies operating in the market. Secondary sources referred for this study also include, the Metamaterials Commercialization Center, ICIS and company presentations.
The report segments the global metamaterials technologies market as:
  • Metamaterials Technologies Market – Product Segment Analysis
    • Radio & microwave metamaterials
    • Photonic metamaterials
    • Terahertz metamaterials
    • Acoustic metamaterials
    • Others (Including infrared metamaterials, ultraviolet metamaterials, etc.)
  • Metamaterials Technologies Market & Application Analysis,
    • Communication & radar
    • Imaging (medical & industrial)
    • Solar
    • Acoustic devices
    • Others (Including cloaking devices, seismic protection, etc.)
  • Metamaterials Technologies Market - Regional Analysis,
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Rest of the World (RoW)

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