Published: Feb, 2016

Smart surfaces are a relatively new technology that has only recently been made commercially marketable. As a result, the market is filled with a large number of new entrants vying for the top spot from a regional or even global perspective. Currently, the leading manufacturers of smart surfaces in the world are Debiotech S.A., HZO Inc., BASF SE, ATFI, and 3M Co. 

According to a new research report released by Transparency Market Research, the investments made by smart surface companies are quite high currently, owing to the sheer volume of research and development efforts needed to make the technology feasible for large-scale usage.

Additionally, although the demand for smart surfaces is extremely high, manufacturers are unable to provide products that can be used across multiple fields of applications. It is therefore difficult for all application segments to avail a strong supply of smart surfaces to meet the rapidly increasing demand.

Healthcare Demand for Antimicrobial Smart Surfaces Causes R&D Pace to Pick Up

“One of the leading ways in which smart surfaces manufactures are currently benefiting is the combination of high demand and high regulatory pressure in the healthcare industry,” states a TMR analyst. “For example, there is appreciable demand for antimicrobial surfaces in hospitals today, but manufacturers have to walk through the long list of regulatory guidelines over what materials they can and cannot use.”

Additionally, this regulatory pressure changes between regions. The U.S. and most of Europe is extremely cautious against the use of silver in antimicrobial floor coatings, while the same pressure will be a lot less in other regions. As a result of the high demand, the amount of investments going into getting smart surfaces developed and compliant is substantial. It thus becomes the current leading driver for the smart surfaces market players.

Lack of Standardized Solutions Hampers Growth of Smart Surface Manufacturers

The demand for smart surfaces is exceptionally diverse in terms of the application industry as well as the type of application itself. They can, for instance, be used for floors in hospitals or windshields of cars. Both smart surfaces can be provided by one player, but the production of both materials would be completely different.

As a result, players tend to focus on individual types of smart surfaces that can only be used for a finite number of purposes, creating a shortage of smart surfaces for other applications.

Asia Pacific Demand for Smart Surfaces Continues to Increase

The global market for smart surfaces is expanding at a very high CAGR of 66.4% within a forecast period from 2015 to 2021. This market is expected to be valued over US$20.5 bn by the end of 2021, owing to an enormous increase in the demand for smart surfaces in the construction and automotive industries.

The transportation industry has consistently been the leading application segment for smart surfaces since 2015. By the end of 2021, this industry will generate a revenue of approximately US$6.4 bn for smart surface manufacturers. The construction industry comes in a close second place in terms of smart surfaces market value.

Self-cleaning materials are in massive demand currently, and this trend is expected to rise over the coming years. The revenue generated by self-cleaning smart surfaces is expected to reach US$10.2 bn by 2021.

The largest demand for smart surfaces in terms of region is currently originating from Asia Pacific, a trend which is expected to continue till 2021. By the end of 2021, APAC will have generated close to US$7.6 bn in smart surfaces revenue.

The information presented in this review is based on a Transparency Market Research report, titled, “Smart Surfaces Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 - 2021.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Self-healing smart surfaces are expected to generate over US$10.2 bn in revenue by 2021.
  • Asia Pacific expected to generate over US$7.2 bn in smart surfaces revenue by 2021.
  • Transportation sector expected to generate over US$6.4 bn in revenue in smart surfaces market by 2021.

Key Segments of the Global Smart Surfaces Market

Global Smart Surfaces Market, by Application

  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare
    • Antimicrobial Surfaces
    • Drug Delivery Surfaces
    • Others
  • Electronics
  • Military and Security
  • Others

Global Smart Surfaces Market, by Material

  • Self-healing Materials
  • Self-cleaning Materials
  • Others

Global Smart Surfaces Market, by Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World

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