Most of optical components are made up from many types of glass and majority of those components are covered with thin layers of optical coatings. The main function of optical coatings is to improve light transmission or reflection of an optic surface. Commonly, the materials used for optical coatings’ production include oxides, metals, and earth materials. These materials are applied on optical surfaces by using specific methods such as electron beam and sputtering method. The type of material and deposition technique used depend on the specific function of the optical coating dedicated for particular technical purpose. In short, optical coatings are able to provide good reflective effect on optical surface through advanced engineering technology for various highly functional applications. The design of optical coatings very much dependent on the solutions tailored according to clients’ specific technical needs and preferences. The global optical coating market is expected to flourish at a stable rate with highly active stakeholders to commercialize new products to meet end-user demands with time.
The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints.
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