GVR Report cover Flexible, Printed And Thin Film Battery Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Flexible, Printed And Thin Film Battery Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Battery Type (Rechargeable, Disposable), By Application (Consumer Electronics, Smart Cards, Medical), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-526-7
  • Number of Pages: 95
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

The global flexible, printed and thin film battery market size was valued at USD 6.5 billion in 2018 and is anticipated progress at a CAGR of 39.7% over the forecast period. Inherent properties of flexible, printed and thin film solid-state batteries that include high energy density, lighter weight, longer lifespan, improved safety performance and their application in wearable devices, medical equipment, and smart cards are expected to drive their demand in the market.

Electronic equipment manufacturers are among the chief consumers of flexible, printed, and thin film batteries owing to their requirement in ultra-low power electronics such as MCUs, RTCs, and DSPs sensors for data capture and analysis and smart devices managing wireless networks such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.

U.S. Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Battery Market

Wearable devices such as smartwatches, smart clothing, and fitness bands are incorporating thin film, flexible batteries due to their compact design and enhanced recharging rate. This trend is expected to provide potential growth landscape for printed, flexible, and thin film battery market over the forecast period.

The industry in the U.S. is estimated to witness significant growth rate on account of the rising adoption of smart cards such as EMV chip card technology. Smart cards are manufactured at a high temperature of about 130ºC to 150ºC, which do not allow conventional batteries to function as they degrade the organic content present inside the battery. Moreover, batteries with non-liquid electrolytes sustain the high-pressure lamination processes, thereby fueling the product demand.

Advancements in fabrication technologies such as vacuum evaporation using high-density plasma are expected to fuel the demand for the product in the market. Flexible, printed and thin film solid-state batteries are manufactured by depositing battery components with thickness less than 5μm on a substrate. Growing focus on R&D activities is likely to result in improved deposition techniques and high-volume manufacturing. Strategic partnerships among manufacturers are likely to accelerate the adoption of new technologies in flexible, printed and thin film battery market.

Raw materials used in the production of these printed batteries are much costlier in comparison to conventional lithium-ion batteries. However, mass production techniques may lower the per-unit cost of flexible, printed and thin film battery. For instance, Excellatron, a company based in the U.S., has deployed numerous in-line deposition systems along with large-scale web coating system to produce 100,000 cells per month, thereby boosting production volume.

Battery Type Insights

Disposable battery segment occupied a dominant share of the market, accounting for 54.2% in 2018 owing to its extensive use in low-power single-use applications including semi-battery-assisted passive RFID, semi-active tags with sensors, one-time password display smart cards, musical instruments, greeting cards, and toys. Moreover, automation in disposable healthcare devices is further likely to bolster industry growth.

Technological advancements such as vertical construction of disposable batteries are gaining pace in the printed, flexible, and thin film battery market. For instance, Molex LLC, a company based in the U.S., manufactures 1.5V and 3V thin film batteries through vertical construction, which account for lesser carbon footprint and offer enhanced internal resistance along with improved performance.

Rechargeable battery segment is expected to witness substantial growth over the forecast period due to the growing demand for low-power energy harvesting sensor systems used in wireless sensor networks. Furthermore, rechargeable thin film, flexible batteries are mostly used in medical devices, wearable electronics, and IoT devices. Battery research organizations and firms are emphasizing on cost reduction of rechargeable batteries, which is expected to present strong growth landscape over the coming years.

Application Insights

Wearables application segment for these printed batteries accounted for 30.7% of the market share in 2018. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the growing demand for wearable electronics and small energy storage sources. Moreover, compact size and light weight of wearable batteries are likely to maximize their penetration rate.

Medical application segment is likely to grow significantly over the forecast period owing to increasing usage of disposable medical equipment and devices. Smart card thin film, flexible batteries are widely used in transportation, healthcare, banking and credit cards, and information security.

Global Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Battery Market

Consumer electronics segment is projected to ascend at a CAGR of 39.6% over the forecast period. Widespread implementation of flexible, printed and thin film battery in tablets, smartwatches, television, washing machines, refrigerators, and residential & portable electronics is likely to propel its demand in the market over the forecast period.

Battery manufacturers are focusing on low-cost manufacturing processes such as using high-density plasma for material deposition to meet the rising demand for rechargeable flexible and thin film batteries for their use in electronic segment. Moreover, stack of thin film cells is assembled to function as an advanced battery for several hand-held devices such as smartphones. These practices are expected to improve the product marketability over the coming years.

Regional Insights

The market in North America was valued at USD 2.1 billion in 2018, with the U.S. being the major contributor to the market revenue generation. Rising adoption of EMV chip card technology, embedded energy, power back-up, and rechargeable power is expected to enhance the penetration of the product across the country.

Germany is anticipated to witness substantial growth over the forecast period. Growing investments in high-quality medical equipment including diagnostic imaging, optical technologies, and dental products are expected to majorly drive the regional growth. Government regulations favoring the use of solar panels for electricity generation are likely to further prompt market growth.

Flexible, printed and thin film batteries market in the U.K. is the second-largest contributor after Germany and accounted for over 22.8% of the regional revenue share in 2018. Growing adoption of smart cards and automation in disposable medical devices are likely to fuel the business growth. Furthermore, rising demand for mobile electronic devices and advancements of security systems are likely to complement the industry growth.

Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as the fastest-growing regional market over the forecast period, registering a remarkable CAGR of 43.6%. Growing electronic manufacturing industry due to large consumer base and expanding applications in emerging countries such as China, Japan, India, and South Korea are likely to bolster industry growth across the region.

Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Battery Market Share Insights

Enfucell; Blue Spark Technologies; Ilika; BrightVolt; Imprint Energy; STMicroelectronics; Cymbet; Jenax Inc.; and Printed Energy Pty Ltd. are among key market players in the flexible, printed and thin film battery industry. Key companies in the industry are focusing on innovation and technological advancements to deliver improved battery performance and grab maximum share of the market.

In May 2018, Cymbet launched power management Real-Time Clock to enhance the attributes of solid-state rechargeable micro battery EnerChip catering to the low power applications segment. Competitive pricing is further likely to assist in bolstering the market growth of these printed batteries over the forecast period.

Industry participants are collaborating with electronic device manufacturers and suppliers to expand their foothold in flexible, printed and thin film batteries market. For instance, in November 2017, U.S.-based Imprint Energy partnered with Semtech, a semiconductor supplier, to accelerate the market penetration of IoT devices. Imprint Energy designed ultrathin, flexible, and printed batteries to power several IoT devices integrated with Semtech’s wireless LoRa Technology. This strategy enabled commercialization of flexible, printed and thin film batteries along with IoT devices.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K., France, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, and growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue and revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global flexible, printed and thin film battery market report on the basis of battery type, application, and region:

  • Battery Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Disposable

    • Rechargeable

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Wearables

    • Medical

    • Consumer Electronics

    • Smart Cards

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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