Printing of electrodes enables cost effective fabrication of large area sensor arrays on flexible substrate. Due to rising demand for light weight and thin electronics devices, printed and flexible sensors are becoming an integral component of electronic devices. Printed electronics is an emerging technology and plays an important role in the development of printed sensors market. The printed and flexible sensors are in the beginning of their commercialization and currently used in applications such as healthcare, safety and security, packaging, automotive and consumer durable among others. At present, printed and flexible sensors is a printed sensors and are cheaper, simple in design and offers higher performance over traditional silicon based sensors. In addition, roll-to-roll manufacturing process enables low cost mass production of printed sensors. Benefits of printed sensors market over traditional sensors is expected to spur the growth of this market over the estimated period. In addition, rising growth in individual application segments such as consumer electronics, healthcare, security and defense, automotive and other is also expected to boost the demand of printed and flexible sensors in the next five years. 


Biosensor is the most matured technology in printed and flexible sensors market. Glucose strips used to detect and monitor glucose level in diabetics is a multi-billion market. Every year billions of single use glucose strips are used for diabetes monitoring. Printed biosensors segment represents the largest market in the printed and flexible sensors technologies and is expected to maintain its dominating position over the forecast period.. Several other emerging application applications of printed biosensors include analyzing and monitoring kidney, heart and cancer diseases. Printed and flexible piezoelectric sensors are commonly used in used in healthcare, textile, consumer electronics and automotive applications. This market is expected to see the fastest growth over the forecast period with growing consumer electronics and healthcare market. Piezoresistive printed pressure sensors are also used in safety enhancement, engine optimization and emission control applications. Increasing production of motor vehicles represents a positive outlook for this segment. Some other emerging applications of printed and flexible sensors include gas sensors, photodetectors and temperature sensors. 


In 2013, North America represented the largest regional market for printed and flexible sensors followed by Europe. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to see the fastest growth over the forecast period. This growth is primarily attributed to growing outsourcing of production and rising industrialization particularly in India and China. Europe is leading region in terms of innovations and new product development. 


The global printed and flexible sensors market is fragmented with the presence of large number of multinational players. Due to huge market potential and rising government support for development of printed sensors in several countries such as U.S., China, UK and Germany, the number of new entrants in this industry is increasing. Some of the major players in the global printed and flexible sensors market include Thin Film Electronics ASA, KWJ Engineering, ISORG, Peratech UK and GSI Technologies among others.




The market research report on the printed and flexible sensors market segments and analyzes the entire market based on technology type, applications, and geographical regions. This report offers research-backed insights into trends that will tangibly impact the market for printed and flexible sensors, while also providing forecasts for each of the segments within the market. All analyses and forecasts contained in this report are for the forecast period between 2012 and 2020. This report also takes into account both mature and emerging technologies and devices used for manufacturing printed and flexible sensors. 


Besides an exhaustive analysis of key trends that are shaping regional markets in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW), the report also profiles key market participants. The Company Profiles section constitutes the financial overview of these players as well as their business strategies, recent developments, product portfolio, and a SWOT analysis. The existing and future competitive landscape is mapped using Porter’s five forces analysis. 


The printed and flexible sensors market research report will help raw material suppliers, fabricators, and manufacturers to assess the risks and monetize opportunities.


Overview of the printed and flexible sensors market


In revenue terms, the global printed and flexible sensors market will likely be worth USD 7.51 billion by 2020. The market stood at USD 6.28 billion in 2013, which means that the CAGR of this market will be 2.5% from 2014 to 2020. 


A number of printed electronics today use printed and flexible sensors as one of their key components. Technologies used for the production of sensors have made rapid progress, and the cost of manufacturing printed and flexible sensors has seen a dip. In the coming years as well, the prices of flexible and printed sensors will continue to drop. While this will translate into slow growth in revenue terms, it will by no means undermine the volume growth of this market. 


What are the factors that will aid the growth of the printed and flexible sensors market? For one, it is their effective role as a substitute for traditional silicon-based sensors. Silicon sensors have conventionally been bulky, thus increasing the size of electronic devices in which they are used. A bulky sensor solution is not easily portable and may not be easy to use in the military, healthcare, and other sectors. 


But printed and flexible sensors on the other hand, address these shortcomings of silicon-based sensors effectively, given their light weight, small size, and flexible physical properties. They are a ready replacement for the traditionally-used sensors in the healthcare, consumer durables, automotive, and other applications. 


Market shares within the printed flexible sensors market 


Currently, mature markets such as that of piezoresistive and biosensors occupy the largest shares within the global printed and flexible sensors market. But this scenario could soon change with the emergence of hybrid CMOS sensors and photodetectors. Their rise in this market will largely dictated by a growing demand for high-quality imaging services and technological developments pertaining to flexible and printed sensor technology. What works in the favor of this market is that it is yet to reach its full commercial potential. A number of countries have launched programs to fund initiatives and innovation in the printed and flexible sensors market, which is attracting new investors.


This market study has been designed to help the following market entities: raw material manufacturers and suppliers, fabricators, manufacturers, and distributors. 


By type, the global printed and flexible sensors market can be segmented as: capacitive sensors, piezoelectric sensors, biosensors, piezoresistive sensors, printed digital x-ray sensors, hybrid CMOS sensors, photodetectors, gas sensors, and temperature sensors.


Geographies analyzed under this research report: 

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

This report gives you access to decisive data such as:

  • Market growth drivers 
  • Factors limiting market growth
  • Current market trends 
  • Market structure
  • Market projections for the coming years 

Key highlights of this report:

  • Overview of key market forces propelling and restraining market growth 
  • Up-to-date analyses of market trends and technological improvements 
  • Pin-point analyses of market competition dynamics to offer you a competitive edge
  • An analysis of strategies of major competitors 
  • An array of graphics and SWOT analysis of major industry segments 
  • Detailed analyses of industry trends
  • A well-defined technological growth map with an impact-analysis 
  • Offers a clear understanding of the competitive landscape and key product segments