The global phase change thermal interface materials market is expected to register a CAGR of 11.84% during the forecast period of 2018-2023. Growing consumer electronics industry is expected to significantly drive the phase change thermal interface materials (PCTIM) market through the forecast period. PCTIM is a class of material that remains solid at room temperature and changes to liquid when its temperature starts increasing. PCTIMs are a mixture of fine particle ceramic fillers for thermal enhancement, organic fillers, and supporting substrate.
Phase change thermal interface materials (PCTIM) are penetrating the consumer electronics industry, owing to the need to dissipate large amounts of heat from the semiconductor device junction to ambient surroundings. PCTIMs are polymer-based systems, proven to address critical heating issues and provide long-term reliability performance. In consumer electronics, PCTIMs find a wide range of applications, since it plays a major role in helping smooth out temperature fluctuations. PCTIM is the only technology, which can curb temperature increase in semiconductor applications, without causing cost and space expenses. Asia-Pacific is expected to remain at the forefront of the global demand for electronics. The demand for PCTIMs in Asia-Pacific is witnessing high growth, owing to rapid internet penetration in developing nations. Video on demand (VoD) and internet only shows are growing in popularity, thereby increasing demand for larger displays like laptops and tablets, which are expected to increase the consumption in the electronics industry. As the electronics industry continues to grow, the market for PCTIM will also increase rapidly.
With the development of the high-powered Pentium processor, the utilization of PCTIM in the electronics industry has gained widespread acceptance. Traditionally, thermal grease was used to minimize the interface resistance. However, this process proved to be extremely messy. With the development of PCTIMs, the problem associated with thermal grease is resolved. Though, the electronics market experienced a downfall in 2016, the market was estimated to recover in 2017 by growing at around 3% and continuing the trend through the forecast period. This positive aspect is expected to drive the PCTIM market in the electronics industry, through the forecast period.
In terms of consumption in 2017, Asia-Pacific accounts for more than 33% of the market, followed by North America and Europe. The extensive demand for the phase change thermal interface materials in countries, such as India and China, from the construction and the electronics sectors have made Asia-Pacific an area of immense potential and opportunities. However, the increasing labor costs in this region have considerably hindered the growth in this market.
Major players are Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Dow Corning, Microtek Laboratories, Parker Chomerics, Croda International, and Sunoco, among others.
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