Global Thermal Interface Materials Market: Overview
Considered a central part of any thermal management system, thermal interface materials (TIMs) are used for transferring heat between two or more solid surfaces, assisting thermal conduction between them. While the two solid surfaces might be placed in close proximity and appear to have a flat surface, minute inspection reveals that the thermal resistance is significantly hampered due to surface imperfections such as porosity, warped surface, or tool marks.
The primary function of thermal interface materials is to fill in the gap between the surfaces with a material that possesses better thermal conductivity than air which is typically filling the gaps otherwise. It makes considerable difference in the amount of heat transferred as TIMs are capable of conducting heat 100 times better than the displaced air. A variety of thermal interface materials such as thermal pads, advanced materials, greases, putties, epoxies, gels & pastes, phase-change materials, potting compounds, and adhesives are available, based on the type of application.
Global Thermal Interface Materials Market: Growth Factors
The popularity of the latest trend of compactness in electronic devices is one of the leading growth drivers of the global thermal interface materials market. In more compact devices, the space between components is negligible. This causes an increase in the heat density over the surface of devices. Thermal interface materials are required to boost heat reduction in these devices. With the pandemic compelling the global workforce to work from home, the demand for teleconferencing has shot up significantly. The sales of consumer electronics such as televisions, laptops, personal desktops, smartphones, tablets, and video games is escalating due to home confinement, and hence the demand for thermal interface materials will keep rising. As a result, the global thermal interface materials market will undergo wide expansion.
One of the key factors hindering the growth of the global thermal interface materials market is the fact that although they increase heat transfer over a surface, they can also be responsible for the thermal resistance of the devices. However, the skyrocketing demand for automobiles in general and electric automobiles in particular will reinforce the growth of the global thermal interface materials market through the forthcoming years.
Global Thermal Interface Materials Market: Segmentation
The global thermal interface materials market can be segmented according to type, application, material, and region. Based on type, the global thermal interface materials market can be classified into gap fillers, greases, adhesives, metal-based thermal interface materials, tapes & films, thermal pads, thermal compounds, and insulators. The adhesives segment is expected to dominate the market due to its ease of use coupled with rising deployment across a number of applications. Epoxy, silicone, acrylic, polyimide, cyanate ester, and polyurethanes are some prominent segments by material. The silicone segment is likely to be in the leading position, owing to its better shock & vibration resistance, ability to bear mechanical stress, and variation stability. Medical devices, computers, consumer electronics, automotive components, industrial machinery, aerospace and military equipment are some major application segments of the global thermal interface materials market. Of these, the computers segment and the automotive components segment are anticipated to contribute a significant share in the global thermal interface materials market.
Global Thermal Interface Materials Market: Regional Analysis
The Asia Pacific thermal interface materials market is projected to thrive at a remarkable rate and emerge as the fastest growing segment in the global thermal interface materials market. The flourishing mining industry in countries such as Russia, Australia, and China is expected to foster continuous growth of the Asia Pacific thermal interface materials market. This is because the mining sector across the region is undergoing electrification since the electric mining and earthmoving equipment can reduce emissions, service time, and noise to a great extent. The use of electric buses is also gaining traction. All these factors are expected to contribute toward market growth through the forecast period.
Global Thermal Interface Materials Market: Competitive Players
Honeywell International Inc., Henkel AG, KGaA, Wakefield Vette, and Dow Corning Corporation are some topmost thermal interface materials companies in the global arena. They are endeavoring to strengthen their global presence through planned acquisitions, mergers, and partnerships.
Global Thermal Interface Materials Market: Regional Segment Analysis
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