Paper-thin Display Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Paper-thin Display Market is segmented by Display Technology (Liquid Crystal Display, Thin Film Transistor-Liquid Crystal Display (TFT-LCD), and OLED), Application (Television and Digital Signage, Smart Phones and Tablets, and Smart Wearable Devices), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 20.65 %

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Market Overview

The paper-thin display market was valued at USD 4.3 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach a value of USD 13.1 billion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 20.65% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025). Various ongoing trends, such as higher portability, good quality, user-friendliness, and much more power-saving are aiding the growth of the paper-thin display market.

  • The ongoing demand for paper-thin displays is currently concentrated on the portable electronic devices sector, primarily for use in smartphones, tablets, and e-readers, among others. The increasing demand for thinner, lightweight, and flexible displays and technological advancements in display technology are boosting the growth of the paper-thin display market.
  • The rising trend of miniaturization is driving the manufacturers to decrease the overall thickness of the displays. This is increasing the interest of several manufacturers to produce paper-thin displays, with changes in materials, design, and fabrication.
  • Major vendors in the market, such as Samsung and LG, are primarily focusing on manufacturing flexible OLED displays, which are ultra-thin and can be bent, rolled, and stretched. The need for flexible and thinner displays is more in the consumer electronics sector, including smartphones, tablets, display screens, and various others.
  • The market is also expected to witness strong growth during the forecast period, driven by the rapidly increasing adoption of smart wearable devices across various regions. However, the competition with the existing display technologies is expected to act as a restraint to the market growth.

Scope of the Report

A paper-thin display is very thin as compared to a traditional display screen. These displays are used for various applications such as television and digital signage, smartphones and tablets, smart wearable devices among others, and are based on various display technologies like LCD, OLED, electronic paper display technology among others.

By Display Technology
Liquid Crystal Display
Thin Film Transistor- Liquid Crystal Display (TFT-LCD)
Electronic Paper Display Technology
Other Technologies
By Application
Television and Digital Signage
Smart Phones and Tablets
Vehicles and Public Transport
Smart Wearable Devices
Other Applications
North America
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

Smartphones and Tablets to Witness Significant Growth

  • The smartphone and tablet segment is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period primarily owing to the demand for the paper-thin display that is rising in the smartphone market as these displays consume comparatively less energy and provide high specification display.
  • Vendors in the market are currently investing in R&D and patenting their technology. For instance, LG Electronics in 2018, successfully patented its trifold smartphone design with the World Intellectual Property Organization.
  • Moreover, Royole Corp, a prominent player in the advanced flexible displays showcased its fully flexible display at the IFA 2018 consumer electronics show in Berlin. The company's patented flexible displays are lightweight, thin, and bendable, that creates unique functionality and new applications. The thickness of the display is approximately one-fifth of the diameter of the human hair, and when it bends, its radius is less than 1 mm, which is even thinner than a pen refill.
  • With an increase in smartphone adoption, globally, the demand for high definition thin, flexible, and ultra-high displays is rapidly increasing as well.

Asia Pacific is Expected to Witness Highest Growth

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to register the highest growth in the display technology and is expected to occupy a significant share of the market over the forecast period. The region within the last decade has witnessed many technological advancements and high adoption of display technologies.
  • The market in this region is driven by the rapidly increasing number of consumer electronics manufacturers and manufacturing facilities in several of its emerging economies. The increasing focus of vendors towards the flexible and thin displays primarily owing to the benefits they offer against traditional displays has increased the investments for this technology in this region.
  • Most of the leading manufacturers of display technologies, such as Samsung Electronics, Panasonic Corporation, LG Display, and Sony Corporation, among others, have manufacturing units and are headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Moreover, High demand for portable electronic displays along with the rising disposable incomes of consumers in developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region such as China, India among others has helped to improve the market.

Competitive Landscape

The paper-thin display market is highly competitive owing to the presence of various players in the market operating in domestic as well as in the international market. The market appears to be moderately fragmented with the major players adopting strategies like product innovation and mergers and acquisitions. Some of the major players in the market are LG Display Co. Ltd, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, AU Optronics Corp., Innolux Corporation among others

  • Jan 2020 - Samsung Electronics unveiled its latest lineup of MicroLED, QLED 8K, and Lifestyle TVs ahead of the CES 2020. With the introduction of new display sizes, 8K AI upscaling capabilities, innovative display orientation technology, and more, Samsung showcased its 2020 offerings that can redefine immersion and revolutionize home integration.
  • Aug 2019 - LG Display announced the opening of its 8.5th generation (2,200mm x 2,500mm) OLED panel production plant in Guangzhou, China, with a production capacity of around 10 million large-size OLED panels a year.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Demand of Paper-Thin Displays in Smartphone and Television

      2. 4.2.2 Advancements in Display Technologies

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Competition with Existing Display Technologies

    4. 4.4 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force 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 Display Technology

      1. 5.1.1 Liquid Crystal Display

      2. 5.1.2 Thin Film Transistor- Liquid Crystal Display (TFT-LCD)

      3. 5.1.3 OLED

      4. 5.1.4 Electronic Paper Display Technology

      5. 5.1.5 Other Technologies

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Television and Digital Signage

      2. 5.2.2 Smart Phones and Tablets

      3. 5.2.3 Vehicles and Public Transport

      4. 5.2.4 Smart Wearable Devices

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 LG Display Co. Ltd

      2. 6.1.2 AU Optronics Corp.

      3. 6.1.3 E Ink Corporation

      4. 6.1.4 Pioneer Corporation

      5. 6.1.5 Visionox Company

      6. 6.1.6 Innolux Corporation

      7. 6.1.7 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd

      8. 6.1.8 Japan Display Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 Panasonic Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 Gpeg International

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Paper-thin Display Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Paper-thin Display Market is growing at a CAGR of 20.65% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

LG Display Co. Ltd, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, AU Optronics Corp., Innolux Corporation, Panasonic Corporation are the major companies operating in Paper-thin Display Market.

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