Silver is the most commonly used metal for the development of conductive inks, which are used for printing applications leveraging emerging technologies. However, some emerging materials, which are getting prominence are graphene and copper. This is due to some drawbacks associated with silver such as high cost and higher tendency of electromigration. Stakeholders are developing proprietary technologies on conductive inks using emerging materials such as graphene, copper as well as silver. However, the focus is on the development of cost effective and scalable technologies so that it can be adopted by the industry participants rapidly. Market growth is being driven mainly by companies from the printed electronics, sensors, printed circuit boards, wearables and consumer electronics sectors.
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Keywords: Silver, copper, graphene, printed electronics, conductive ink, electromigration, printed circuit board