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ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING NANOFILMS WILL REPRESENT 39% OF TOTAL THIN FILMS AND NANOFILMS MARKET BY 2008

Surface modification has earned an important role in the current technological world. Over the past three decades, surfaces and their coatings have improved the performance of, or protected new and existing products. Techniques usually include surface treatments, where the composition of mechanical properties are altered; or the deposition of thin films or coatings, where a different material is deposited to create a new surface. The deposition of thin films has earned an extremely important role in many kinds of industries. Ultra-thin films or nanofilms-materials that are measured in nanometers-are the next level in deposition and coating technology.

According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Company, Inc. (www.bccresearch.com) RGB-291 Nanofilms: Markets and Technologies, the worldwide value of thin films and nanofilms shipped for eight major industries reached $1.1 billion in 2003. This market is projected to just exceed $2 billion by 2008, as it increases at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 12.7% through the forecast period.

Of the total, $222 million, or currently 19.7%, is classified as nanofilm with a thickness of less than 100 nanometer. Established nanofilms are being used to fabricate improved products and impart properties in a more concentrated fashion. They are typically deposited by familiar processing methods such as sputtering and atomic layer deposition. Microelectronics, information storage and optical products are three of the principal industry users of these materials. The value of established nanofilms is projected to grow at an AAGR of 17.8% to reach $505.7 million by 2008.

Emerging nanofilms are coatings and films based on nanotechnology that are being developed for future use. They may be extracted, for example, from nanoparticles or self-assembled materials and then converted to dispersions for deposition. The majority of these newer materials are projected to be available in 2006. They will be deposited by traditional methods or, in most instances, by processes that are currently being developed. The value of emerging nanofilms is projected to be $196.5 million by 2006 and grow at a 22% AAGR to reach $292.6 million by 2008. Established and emerging nanofilms will represent 39% of total thin film materials by 2008.

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