Sapphire ingot is used as raw material for further fabrication. It is a base material for growing epitaxial layers and etching blue and white LED chips. Manufactures of sapphire ingot offer optical grade sapphire ingot that including UV grade and IR grade. Standard sizes and orientations along with orientation offsets and orientation flats of the sapphire ingot are available in the market.
Increasing demand for sapphire ingot from smart watches and mobile covers are major factors driving growth of the global sapphire ingot market. Sapphire ingot is manufactured in bulk quantities with commercially acceptable purity levels. Therefore, it is preferred in the luxury watches industry for producing high strength and hardness of watch windows.
However, high manufacturing cost of sapphire ingot is major factor restraining the growth of the global sapphire ingot market.
- Among application, smart phones segment held a significant share in the global sapphire ingot market in 2017, owing to the high demand for sapphire ingot in front cover of smartphones. Further, rising number of smart phone users around the world is anticipated to fuel this segment growth, during the forecast period. For instance, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, in May 2012, number of smartphone owners in Australia was 8.67 million, an increase by 104% from the previous year.
- Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region in the global sapphire ingot market over the forecast period. This is owing to increasing demand for LED screens in emerging economies such as China and India for application in various electronic products. For instance, according to India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), in India, The production of LED/ LCD TVs screen was valued at US$ 2.54 billion in 2015 and increased by US$ 3.3 billion in 2016. In the LED production process, sapphire is used as the substrate onto which the chemicals that become the emitting layer of the LED are deposited as a vapor. Furthermore, smartphones and tablet PCs manufacturers in the region are focused on developing products in thin sizes, which has led to increasing demand for thinner and more flexible displays. Therefore, key players are focused on introducing innovative technologies to cater to such demand. For instance, in 2016, Nitto Denko Company introduced Ultra-Thin Polarizers, which are thinner and more resistance to shrinkage and are applicable in LED, LCD, and organic electro luminance (EL) display devices.
Key players operating in the global sapphire ingot market include, Rubicon, Crystal Systems, GTAT, Monocrystal PLC., Saint-Gobain Crystals, Crystal Q, Exiton, Aurora Optoelectronics, Trinity, Silian, Kyocera, and Namiki.
On the basis of grade the global sapphire ingot market is segmented into:
- Ultraviolet Grade (UV)
- Infrared Grade (IR)
On the basis of application, the global sapphire ingot market is segmented into:
- Smart Phones
- Smart Watches
- Tablet PCs
On the basis of region, the global sapphire ingot market is segmented into:
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- South Korea
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East
- Rest of Middle East
- Northern Africa
- Central Africa
- South Africa