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Research and Markets: Technically Innovative Products and Processes are crucial to Improving Margins and Growth in Electronic Chemicals Industry

(PRWEB) November 24, 2004

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of Global Market for Electronic Chemicals – 5th Edition to their offering

The decline in the global electronic chemicals market during the late 1990s has been further aggravated by the slowdown in the global telecommunications industry and other economic uncertainties introduced by SARS and 9/11. However the latter has helped to maintain the defence/aerospace and medical equipment sectors, especially in North America. Recovery of the global electronics industry in 2003 was prompted by the demand for consumer digital products, such as:

Digital cameras

Next generation cellular phones

Flat screen display units, eg for DVD and TV equipment

Future markets being developed in the North Asia region, but to be marketed globally, include:

Integrated circuit (IC) tags

Personal digital assistants (PDAs)

Automotive navigational aids

Since aggressive pricing has eroded profits for standard electronic chemical products, technically innovative products and processes are crucial to improving margins and growth in the industry.

Areas which have been developed include:

300 mm wafers

KrF and ArF photoresist technologies

Nanotechnology applications eg in chemical mechanical planarisation (CMP)

Plasma etching and cleaning

Microvia boards for mobile phones

Increased use of flexible laminates for portable electronic products

Ultrafine traces and adhesiveless laminates for PCB manufacture

Nevertheless the high cost of product development will contribute to a further consolidation of the industry in the near future. Environmental legislation, involving the phasing out of lead-containing solders in 2006 and the reduction in the amount of heavy metals, will continue to impact upon the PCB industry opportunities for electronic chemical suppliers.

In this report the market for Electronic Chemicals is analysed in terms of the main chemical and plastics components used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices and PCBs. Market volume and value is presented for 2003, with forecasts for 2008. Technological and commercial trends in the industry, as well as the main global and regional suppliers, are also covered.

The report illustrates the importance of the Chinese market in stimulating a recovery in the global electronic chemicals market in 2003 and with this in mind various aspects of the Chinese electronics industry itself are discussed, including:

Leading players

Future investments,

Market drivers

Drive for self-sufficient in terms of electronic materials/chemicals

A whole chapter of the report is dedicated to the description of 28 independent Chinese companies active in the Chinese electronic chemicals market. Besides China, the other emerging economies of India, Eastern Europe, South America and eventually Africa will offer medium-to-long-term opportunities for electronic chemical suppliers.

The following geographical regions are included in the report:


Western Europe

Eastern Europe

Middle East


The Americas

North America

South America


North Asia

Southeast Asia

Indian Subcontinent


For more information visit

Laura Wood

Senior Manager

Research and Markets

[email protected]

Fax: +353 1 4100 980


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