Functional Printing Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The report covers Global Functional Printing Market Share and it 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.

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Functional Printing Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 21.59 %
Fastest Growing Market North America
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Low

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Functional Printing Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Functional Printing Market Analysis

The functional printing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 21.59% over the forecast period 2021 - 2026. 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.
  • The pandemic COVID-19 has severely affected the global functional printing market. The economy has been affected due to the disturbance caused in the cycle of production and demand. The lockdown imposed across various countries is likely to bring a massive disturbance in the market.

Functional Printing Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Functional Printing Market according to our research experts:

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.
  • The digital versatility and quick prototyping of 3D printing empowers a swift mobilization of the technology and hence a rapid response to emergencies. Even during severe disruptions in supply chains, critical parts can be manufactured on-demand by any decentralized 3D-printing facility in the world by leveraging designs shared online.
Functional Printing Market : Focus related to 3D Printing, in Percentage, in 2020

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.
  • Printed UHF-RFID enables integration with everyday objects or packaging in supply chain management, either by printing the antenna on a flexible substrate which is attached to the object, or by printing directly on the packaging. 
  • 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.
  • There are significant changes in raw materials, largely due to the uncertain impact of the coronavirus, which is tragically impacting countless thousands of people. the American Coatings Show was just postponed, and FESPA was postponed in March 2020. Ink companies are trying to determine the ramifications of the coronavirus on their supply chain, as shipments from China are on hold.
Functional Printing Market - Growth Rate by Region (2020- 2025)

Functional Printing Industry Overview

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.

  • November 2020- A team of engineers from Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering developed a new way to 3D bioprint a realistic model of the human heart. The model is flexible and strong enough to be sutured, meaning it could improve the ways surgeons train for cardiac surgeries.

Functional Printing Market Leaders

  1. Avery Dennison Corporation

  2. BASF SE

  3. Altana AG

  4. Mark Andy Inc.

  5. AGFA-Gevaert Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Functional Printing Market Report - 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 Material

      1. 5.1.1 Substrates

      2. 5.1.2 Inks

    2. 5.2 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 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 and 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)

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Functional Printing Industry Segmentation

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.

Printing Technology
Inkjet Printing
Screen Printing
Gravure Printing
Other Printing Technologies
Other Applications
North America
Asia Pacific
South America
Middle East and Africa
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Functional Printing Market Research FAQs

The Functional Printing Market is projected to register a CAGR of 21.59% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Avery Dennison Corporation, BASF SE, Altana AG, Mark Andy Inc. and AGFA-Gevaert Corporation are the major companies operating in the Functional Printing Market.

North America is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Functional Printing Market.

The report covers the Functional Printing Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Functional Printing Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Functional Printing Industry Report

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Functional Printing Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)