NPD DisplaySearch forecasts the total touch sensor area yield of projective capacitive, in-cell, on-cell, and resistive sensors, will reach 23.3 million square meters in 2015, up from 18 million square meters in 2014. Capacity for sensors for film substrates will be higher than for glass substrate, due to expected area growth of each type of film structure.
Figure: Touch Sensor Total Yield Area by Type
Source: NPD DisplaySearch Touch Sensor Market and Evolution Report
“Metal mesh, sliver nanowires, and other new materials will be used in the production of larger displays with better sheet resistance at affordable prices, and these new materials might be used for curved or flexible-touch sensors soon,” said Shoko Oi, deputy director of touch panel and emerging display research for NPD DisplaySearch.
Taiwan will continue to be the top region for manufacturing touch sensors through 2016; however, due to strong demand from local smartphone and tablet PC brands, China is expected to rise to #2 in 2016.