Membrane switches are a step forward from printed circuit boards. They cater to the growing demand from consumer appliances. Ever expanding applications in smartphones, keyboards, and other electronic devices are expected to spur R&D activities among membrane switch manufacturers.
These electrical switches are used to cut electrical supply of a particular object. They have the ability to activate or deactivate the circuits. These switches are manufactured using conductive ink on polyester films. They are also known as touch or membrane touch switches. Conductive inks are an integral component in the process of creating printed objects. They can influence the substrates that are used for these switches.
Tactile and non-tactile are the two major types of membrane switches. Tactile switches are used in touch-screen keypads and other such devices. Non-tactile switches find applications in LED indicators and audio devices. Wearable technology is expected to be the next big application area for membrane switches.
Recently, Silicone Dynamics, Inc.; introduced backlights for membrane switches. Backlighting can be used in electroluminescent lamps, optical fibers, and Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Ozone Gaming implemented these switches in their gaming keyboards back in 2015.
Sun Chemical Electronic Materials has announced its partnership with T+ink to produce conductive inks. This business collaboration can help them engage with new consumer base. It can address the demand within smart packaging market. PakSense, a major pharmaceutical company, has introduced sensors in packages and labels for perishable items such as medicines and food products.
According to Grand View Research, Inc.; the worldwide membrane switches market is anticipated to attain USD 14.13 billion by 2025. It is expected to grow at a robust CAGR over the forecast period (2014 to 2025). High demand for membrane switches from consumer appliances is the key market driver.
Polyester membrane switches is expected to witness remarkable growth during the forecast period due to versatility. Asia Pacific stood at USD 2.7 billion in 2015. It is anticipated to register around 14.2% CAGR till 2025. Key players operating in the market are Nelson Miller, EPEC LLC, Henkel Corporation, and Molex.
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