Stencil Lithography Market Overview
Stencil lithography market is expected to grow at a steady CAGR of 11% during 2021-2031. Stencil lithography happens to be an early technique that has been used to transfer patterns on different substrates. Currently, the stencil lithography technique is being applied to nano fabrication and micro-fabrication. This technique permits the wafer-scale transfer of nano-structures with the help of methods such as deposition, etching, and implantation.
What is Driving Demand for Stencil Lithography?
In 1959, stencil lithography was first reported in a scientific journal as a micro-structuring technique by S. Gray and P. K. Weimer. Stencil lithography happens to be a shadow-mask technique which is primarily used for structuring surfaces at the nanometer and micrometer scales.
This technique helps in eliminating the processing steps that are usually involved in the standard lithography. Alternatively, stencils can be reused many times, which are entirely separated from the substrate and positioned by means of a manipulator. This offers cost effective pattern replication with the help of various materials onto different substrates.
Moreover, the potential of stencil lithography for a broad range of processes, materials, and applications is already being proved. One of the major applications for stencil lithography is the ability to construct arrays of structures with controlled dimensions on the nanometer scale specifically positioned on an appropriate surface. Such capabilities would drive the demand for stencil lithography technology, in the coming years.
Modes of Stencil Lithography
On the basis of modes, the stencil lithography market has been segmented into three types namely, static, quasi-dynamic, and dynamic. In the static mode, the stencil is lined up and fixed to a substrate. In quasi-dynamic mode, the stencil moves in relation to the substrate without breaching the vacuum.
Whereas, in the dynamic mode, the stencil moves relative to the substrate during deposition, letting the fabrication of patterns by changing the speed of the stencil while maintaining a constant deposition rate. Among the three modes, the dynamic mode happens to hold the largest share of the market and is also expected to grow at the highest rate, over the forecast period.
US & Canada Demand Outlook for Stencil Lithography
The US happens to hold the largest share of the stencil lithography market in the North America region. Whereas, Canada would offer lucrative opportunities and is expected to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period. Moreover, the presence of established players in the stencil lithography happens to be one of the major factor contributing to the market growth in the North America region.
Furthermore, technological advancements in the field of lithography happens to be another major factor driving the demand and use-cases for stencil lithography techniques, in North America.
Europe Stencil Lithography Outlook
Major factors accelerating the growth of stencil lithography in European countries happen to be the rising demand for increased flexibility of patterning methods in engineering fields. Stencil lithography is a technique based on the standard of shadow masking a flux of molecules, atoms, or particles in order to modify the surface of a substrate.
The process of stencil lithography can accommodate a variety of methods such as etching, deposition, or ion implantation. With the rise in demand for nano and micro-fabrication, the demand for stencil lithography in countries like UK, Germany, France and others, is projected to grow over the forecast period.
Who are the Key Stencil Lithography Vendors ?
Some of the leading vendors offering stencil lithography services include
- Liquidia Technologies
- NIL Technology
- Veeco Instruments Inc. among others.
For instance, in July 2017, ASML announced innovations in lithography. The company’s holistic lithography incorporates a set of products that permits chipmakers in the market to develop, control, and optimize the process of production with the help of a nanometer logic and other nodes.
Other vendors in the market are adopting various key strategies in order to increase their customer base across the globe. They are also spending millions of dollars into research and development of products in order to fulfill the unmet needs of their customers for stencil lithography technology.
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Key Segments of Stencil Lithography Market
- North America
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Rest of Europe
- East Asia
- South Korea
- South Asia & Pacific
- Australia & New Zealand
- Rest of South Asia & Pacific
- Middle East & Africa
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East and Africa