Functional Printing Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The market is segmented by Material (Substrate, Ink), Printing technology (Inkjet Printing, Screen Printing, Gravure Printing, Flexography), Application (Display, Sensors, Batteries, RFID Tags, Lighting, Photovoltaic), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

North America

Largest Market:

North America


21.59 %

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Market Overview

The functional printing market was valued at USD 12.79 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 35.69 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 21.59% over the forecast period 2020 - 2025. Printing technologies are currently not specifically designed for applications in functional printing, leading various organizations to conduct extensive research in the development of new technologies for this purpose.

  • One of the major factors boosting the adoption of functional printing is the increasing demand for a variety of low-cost electronic commodities. With a broad range of printing technologies and materials available, various organizations can achieve high-speed manufacturing at low costs.
  • There is a considerable development for the promising future of functional printing, an evolving technology that has the potential to enable what is seen as the next wave, in high-volume electronic production.
  • Other significant factors supervising the growth of the functional printing market include lower energy consumption and material wastage, leading to a smaller impact on the environment, caused by the manufacturing of electronic devices. However, limitations of the electrically functional inks currently used for functional printing pose as a restraint in the growth of this market.

Scope of the Report

Functional printing is a process of forwarding functionality in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional components based on silicon. It is utilized to print on diverse substrates, including paper and glass using inks and substrates. Some of the familiar applications are RFID tags, display, and sensors, which are likely to boost the market growth. Furthermore, it helps in depositing and controlling the desired pattern on the material.

By Material
By Printing Technology
Inkjet Printing
Screen Printing
Gravure Printing
Other Printing Technologies
By Application
Other Applications
North America
South America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Inkjet Printing to Significantly Drive the Market Growth

  • Inkjet technology’s first primary application was the production of cost-effective office and graphic arts printers, which has grown into a multi-billion-dollar market. The proliferation of technology has led it to enter into other markets, such as product decoration, the fabrication of flat panel display devices, biochip production, and printable electronics. These, along with other applications, are important if the industry has to sustain healthy growth.
  • The adoption of inkjet printing is growing because it offers significant advantages across various supply chains. The developments shown at Drupa, the largest printing equipment exhibition in the world are expected to further accelerate widespread adoption. Besides, with the increasing demand for 3D printing, this technology is expected to expand globally.
  • Furthermore, the adoption of cut-sheet inkjet printers is very likely to lead to a virtuous cycle of application and page volume expansion. This technology exists, along with various other printing technologies, but its rapid turnaround times, flexibility in productivity, and ability to print variable data, while offering attractive profit margins, is making inkjet a tool that print-service providers and in-plant printing operations require.

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North America is Expected to Hold a Major Market Share

  • The increasing demand for near-field communication (NFC) in North America is expected to drive the market in the region. With smartphone technology changing at a fast pace, mobile phones are considered as the primary option for the payments. As payments are easier and hassle-free with the presence of NFC chip on the smartphone, it has been chosen by the majority of people who want to perform a transaction from their handheld devices.
  • Moreover, the growth in the retail industry in the region is likely to boost the use of RFID tags, thereby fueling the market growth. RFID automates the tracking of merchandise throughout the retail supply chain, from the warehouse to the store floor, replacing the process of employees scanning products manually. 
  • As the cost of RFID has fallen dramatically, an RFID tag was initially priced at about USD 1 in 2003 and is roughly 10 cents presently, retailers are starting to upgrade to the technology to access an item-level view of their in-store and online inventory. 


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Competitive Landscape

The functional printing market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. Serving the melding of numerous industrial sectors, including printing, materials, and electronics, functional printing has seen increased investments from some of the prominent players across the world, including Eastman Kodak, BASF SE, DuPont, Toyo Ink, Avery Dennison, and Universal Display Corp., among many others. These players are significantly investing in partnership and acquisition activities (particularly the major players) to produce innovative solutions.

  • May 2017 - BASF and Essentium teamed up to enable the creation of more robust parts for use in mass production leveraging fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology, one of the standard techniques of additive manufacturing.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Increasing Demand for Low Cost and High-speed Manufacturing

      2. 4.3.2 Simplified Additive Manufacturing and a Wide Range of Substrates

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Existing Technologies are not Suitable for Electronic Printing

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Material

      1. 5.1.1 Substrates

      2. 5.1.2 Inks

    2. 5.2 By Printing Technology

      1. 5.2.1 Inkjet Printing

      2. 5.2.2 Screen Printing

      3. 5.2.3 Gravure Printing

      4. 5.2.4 Flexography

      5. 5.2.5 Other Printing Technologies

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Sensor

      2. 5.3.2 Display

      3. 5.3.3 Lighting

      4. 5.3.4 Battery

      5. 5.3.5 Photovoltaic

      6. 5.3.6 RFID Tags

      7. 5.3.7 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Avery Dennison Corporation

      2. 6.1.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.1.3 Blue Spark Technologies

      4. 6.1.4 E Ink Holdings Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 Eastman Kodak Company Ltd

      6. 6.1.6 Enfucell Oy

      7. 6.1.7 GSI Technologies LLC

      8. 6.1.8 Isorg

      9. 6.1.9 Mark Andy Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 ALTANA AG

      11. 6.1.11 AGFA - Gevaent Corporation

      12. 6.1.12 Ceradrop - MGI Group

      13. 6.1.13 Nanosolar Inc.

      14. 6.1.14 Novaled AG

      15. 6.1.15 Optomec Inc.

      16. 6.1.16 Toppan Forms Co. Ltd

      17. 6.1.17 Toyo Ink Sc Holding Co. Ltd

      18. 6.1.18 Vorbeck Materials Corporation

      19. 6.1.19 Xennia Technology Limited

      20. 6.1.20 Xaar PLC

      21. 6.1.21 CEMITEC (Multidisciplinary Centre of Technology for Industry)

  7. *List Not Exhaustive


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