The Global Thermal Interface Materials Market was valued at USD 2.25 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 4.47 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 10.6% during the forecast period.
Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs) are used to transfer heat between two or more solid surfaces. They are considered as a crucial part of any efficient thermal management system. Thermal interface materials include an array of products, including phase change materials, gap fillers, and thermal greases.
Increasing consumer reliance on electronics is expected to boost the market growth in the near future. Globally changing lifestyles, increase in purchasing power, and demand for medical devices are anticipated to drive the thermal interface materials industry growth in the near future. In recent years, miniaturization and integration have become the major development trends of electronic devices. With the demand of electronic devices continuing to increase, the amount of heat generated is sharply increasing which is expected to drive the thermal interface materials market in the near future. TIM’s can improve heat transfer between two solid interfaces and enhance the service life and stability of electronic devices. In this case, higher requirements are put forward for thermal management. Additionally, rheology-based modeling and designs are widely used in polymeric TIMs, as well as certain polymers packed with high thermal conductivity and low loss ceramics that are suited for device encapsulation in electronic packaging. For instance, the global smartphone sales reached 1.3 billion in 2020. However, fluctuating raw material prices may hamper the market growth during the forecast period.
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Based on type, the thermal greases & adhesives segment is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period due to its use in electronics
Based on type, the market has been segmented into elastomeric pads, tapes & films, greases & adhesives, the thermal grease & adhesives segment in the thermal interface materials market accounted for the largest market share in 2020 and is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period. Thermal grease is a thermally conductive material used to connect a heat source to a thermal spreading device, with its profound performance and flexibility it can be used in a variety of thermal products, including heat sinks. Thermal grease improves a system's thermal conductivity and effectiveness. For instance, Total S.A (France) grease sales in 2019 reached 48,000 barrels per day, i.e., more than 20% from 39,000 b/d in 2018.
Based on the application, the computers segment in the thermal interface materials market is growing at the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to its demand from millennials
Based on the application, the market has been segmented into computers, medical devices, consumer durables, telecommunications, and others. The computers segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The demand for thermal pastes for CPUs has created opportunities for computer sales. For instance, the global computer sales generated a revenue of 161 billion in 2021, However, with thermal conductivity of approximately 0.0263 W/MK, air is the poor heat conductor. Moreover, to minimize heat accumulation, air inclusions between components should be prevented. Air inclusions are also found in heat-conducting pastes, graphite and aluminum foils, heat-conductive adhesive foam and gel films, one-sided and double-sided adhesive heat-conducting foils, Kapton and mica discs, phase change materials, silicone-containing, and silicone-free elastomers, and aluminum oxide materials.
Based on region, Asia-Pacific is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period owing to the presence of cheap resources
Based on region, the global thermal interface materials market is categorized into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. Asia-Pacific is expected to hold the largest market share in the thermal interface materials market during the forecast period, owing to the presence of Information Technology hubs in India, China, creating demand for computers. This is owing to the presence of a large base of manufacturing sites in the region. In addition to the manufacturing base, reduction in corporate tax, GST, the opportunity for industry expansion in this region is fueled by growing household incomes, consumer health awareness, changing lifestyles, and government initiatives.
Additionally, in China, with the increase in disposable income of the middle-class population and the increasing demand for electronic products in the countries exporting electronic products from China, the production of electronics is projected to grow. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in December 2020, retail sales of household appliances and consumer electronics in China were estimated to be CNY 100 billion.
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Covid-19 had a negative impact on the thermal interface materials industry that caused sudden economic uncertainty. The pandemic has shown us how quickly industries are accustomed to change. Covid-19 has also shown that collectively and with a common purpose, decisions can be taken to overcome the issues. The production companies were halted during the lockdown period. Laborers were forced to leave their jobs. Manufacturers had to bear losses. Currently, the market has gradually started manufacturing, although there is a shortage of laborers.
Supply chains in the manufacturing sector were also impacted. Manufacturing went through equipment sharp slowdown. On the positive side, the COVID-19 situation in China, where the majority of solar supply comes from, is normalizing, and factories are on the verge to re-open. Supply disruptions from other countries rely on international imports. Moreover, local, and international travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, and lockdowns have resulted in project delays and have added to project completion costs, as economies recover from COVID-19, with stable fossil fuel prices, renewables could potentially be packed out in the medium term, especially in countries with large hydrocarbon grants. On the other hand, low gas prices are now helping make gas-fired power generation relatively more attractive that may help the production of thermal interface materials.
Social considerations have driven some governments from Bangladesh, Brazil, and others to announce a moratorium or deferral of consumer bill payments for a few months. Additionally, many distribution companies have declared a clause that allows contracts to be declared invalid due to acts of God or other unexpected circumstances to manufacturing companies, which causes the payments to be delayed for manufacturers. In this time of crisis, IFC (International Finance Corporation) is expected to work closely with the private sector, national authorities, and international partners to support the manufacturing sector on many fronts to ensure a resilient and sustainable sector. Additionally, IFC is expected to continue to support all major market players, so as to balance the need to address short-term liquidity while ensuring the manufacturing sector viability and long-term goals, as the crisis can be an opportunity to help governments embark on reforms that strengthen the power sector and mobilize public and private financing to meet the significant investment needs of the sector.
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