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Compensation Film & TAC/Acryl Film Analysis - 2013

The introduction and adoption of alternatives to TAC film was a hot issue in 2012. Now the market focus is shifting toward how those alternative films will be able to penetrate into the TAC film-dominated PVA protection film market this year. LG Chem Ltd. and Nitto Denko Corporation have already been increasing the adoption of acryl film and further investing in the next production lines. Considering these factors, acryl film is expected to take up 18% of the PVA protection film market by 2017, compared to a meager 4% in 2012. In addition, polarizers using PET has been steadily adopted, albeit on a small quantity, while the usage of non-TAC compensation films is increasing in VA mode. Around next year, a product with a polarizer that uses no single TAC film is expected to hit the market.

When it comes to mobile phones and tablet PCs which are driving demand for touch screen interface sharply higher, there is a growing need of thin-type polarizers. To meet those needs, thin-type polarizers in various forms are being developed. Adoption of acryl seems to reflect the trend. The latest development involves methods from reducing each film’s thickness to thinly coating PVA resin instead of PVA film on a base film and then hardening, which is called resin PVA polarizer. This indicates there will be a groundbreaking change in the structure and thickness of polarizers. The figure below summarizes thin-type polarizer development trends.

IHS has analyzed polarizer market trends, production line status by manufacturer, supply chains, and price trends between 2012 and 2017. This report looks into the important optical subfilm markets—TAC film, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films, PET protective films, release films, antireflection films, and compensation films—for a better understanding of the overall polarizer market where the competition for high-value film production is getting fierce.

Compensation Film & TAC/Acryl Film Analysis - 2013
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Updated 2013. 10
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I. Overview
 1. Research objectives
 2. Research methodology
 3. Research scope and definition

II. Polarizer market
 1. Polarizer overview
  1.1. Polarizer structure
  1.2. Polarizer manufacturing process
 2. Polarizer market outlook (2012-2017)
  2.1. Overall polarizer market forecast
  2.2. Polarizer market forecast by technology
  2.3. Polarizer market forecast by application: Large TFT-LCD, S/M TFT-LCD, AMOLED
 3. Polarizer price trend
  3.1. Notebook PC, monitor, and TV-use
  3.2. Subfilm cost ratio

III. Polarizer structure change trend
 1. Apple products and polarizer structure change
  1.1. Influence of Apple
  1.2. Polarizer structures of Apple products
  1.3. Polarizer structure change for iPhone series
  1.4. Polarizer structure change for iPad series
 2. Polarizer structure change trend
  2.1. Thin-type polarizer development
  2.2. Thin-type PVA technology: Nitto
  2.3. Thin-type PVA technology: Sumitomo Chemical

IV. PVA protection film markets-TAC, Acryl, COP
 1. PVA protection film overview
  1.1. Basic features and process
  1.2. Types of PVA protection film
  1.3. Introduction of adhesion process
 2. PVA protection film market outlook
  2.1. Definition of PVA protection film by location/use
  2.2. Overall market forecast (2012-2017)
  2.3. PVA protection film market forecast by location/use
  2.4. PVA protection film market forecast by base film
  2.5. Surface treatment-use PVA protection film market forecast
  2.6. Plain film/bottom film-use PVA protection film market forecast
  2.7. Summary: Penetration rate of Acryl film
 3. PVA protection film production capacity and supply/demand analysis
  3.1. TAC film production capacity
  3.2. TAC film line status by maker
  3.3. Acryl film production capacity and supply chain
  3.4. TAC film demand/supply forecast
 4. PVA protection film supply chain and price trend
  4.1. Supply chain status
  4.2. Price forecast scenario
  4.3. Surface treatment/compensation film price forecast scenario

V. Compensation film market and industry
 1. Compensation film overview
  1.1. Basic overview
  1.2. Compensation concept by control of polarization axis
  1.3. Compensation principle by mode
  1.4. Types of compensation film – TN, VA, IPS
 2. Compensation film adoption trend
  2.1. Adoption rate by panel maker – Large-size TFT-LCD
  2.2. Adoption rate for TVs – VA, IPS
  2.3. Adoption rate for notebook PCs
  2.4. Adoption rate of for monitors
  2.5. Adoption rate for representative smart devices – Touch smartphone, tablet PC
  2.6. Adoption rate for AMOLEDs
  2.7. Adoption rate for 3D TVs
  2.8. Touch sensor-integrated polarizer development
 3. Large-sized compensation film market outlook
  3.1. Overall market forecast (2012-2017)
  3.2. Market forecast by mode – TN, VA, IPS
  3.3. Market forecast by base film
  3.4. Market forecast by film type
  3.5. WV film demand/supply forecast
 4. Small- and medium-sized compensation film market outlook
  4.1. Overall market forecast (2012 – 2017)
  4.2. Market forecast by mode
  4.3. Market forecast by film type
 5. Summary: Compensation film market outlook
 6. Market share by maker: Large + Small to medium
 7. Compensation film makers and supply chains
  7.1. Production capacity and lines by maker
  7.2. Supply chains


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