Synthetic sapphire are gemstones which are created from a method known as flame fusion and are gaining huge demand as industrial materials due to their chemical, mechanical, optical, structural, and thermal & dielectric properties. They are widely used in the production of the windows due to their exceptional properties of scratch-resistance and high transparency to the wavelength of light. Moreover, it is also used as a substrate for the semiconductor circuits. Furthermore, synthetic sapphire is also used in the manufacturing of Ultra Violet (UV) and Infra-red (IR) optics, electrical insulators, watch crystals, thin film deposition, watch glasses, and transparent electronic substrates.
Global synthetic sapphire market was valued at US$ 6.1 Billion in 2021 in terms of revenue, exhibiting a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period (2022 to 2030).
Rising adoption of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lightning over incandescent and CFLs due to their energy efficiency and longer life span is expected to foster the market growth of synthetic sapphire. Sapphire substrates are widely used in the production of LEDs and rising awareness regarding the benefits of LEDs and increasing implementation of strict rules and regulations are expected to propel the market growth of synthetic sapphire over the forecast period.
Growth of the global synthetic sapphire market is driven by factors such as increasing demand for high-quality optical materials, technological advancements in manufacturing processes, and an increase in R&D activities. In addition to this, the use of sapphires in various applications across industries like medical devices and aviation is also expected to drive the industry over the next few years. However, limited product availability could hamper the overall development.
Growing demand from the semiconductor industry for synthetic sapphire is expected to foster the market growth of synthetic sapphire. According to the Coherent Market Insights, sapphire substrate accounts for approximately 95% of substrate material used for manufacturing LED. Sapphire is widely used in the production of chips and Fab materials. Moreover, the high demand for pattern sapphire substrate (larger diameter- 4’’, 6’’, 8’’) is another major factor projected to augment growth of the global synthetic sapphire market.
|Base Year:||2021||Market Size in 2021:||US$ 6.1 Bn|
|Historical Data for:||2017-2020||Estimated Year:||2022|
|Forecast Period 2022 to 2030 CAGR:||8%||Forecast Period:||2022-2030|
Rubicon Technology Inc., KYOCERA Corporation, Saint-Gobain, SCHOTT AG, Monocrystal, Rayotek Scientific Inc., CRYSTALWISE TECHNOLOGY INC., ILJIN Display CO. Ltd, Namiki Precision Jewel Co., Ltd., Juropol Sp. z o.o.
|Restraints & Challenges:||
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to disruptions in transportation, labor, and raw materials availability. There has also been a shortage of synthetic sapphire due to supply chain challenges and recall of synthetic sapphire products over contamination issues, which caused a hindrance to the steady business growth.
However, with the gradual lifting of restrictions and reduction of pandemic-induced constraints, the global synthetic sapphire market may witness commendable growth over the forcast period.
Among region, Asia Pacific dominated the global synthetic sapphire market in 2021, reporting 50.3% market share in terms of revenue, followed by Europe and North America, respectively
Figure 1. Global Synthetic Sapphire Market Value Share (%), By Region, 2021
Market of synthetic sapphire is characterized by the presence of a large number of players and also the entry of new players which lowers the price of sapphire and this factor is expected to hinder the market growth over the forecast period.
With the advent of technology, the value of synthetic sapphire will only go down because as the technology improves the cost of production will reduce. However, natural gems are rare and this will keep their value high. Therefore, with the advancement in technology the prices of synthetic sapphire will reduce which is expected to hinder the market growth.
Rising application of synthetic sapphire from the medical industry where it is used to manufacture devices is expected to augment the market growth of synthetic sapphire over the forecast period. They are used to produce endoscope lenses, laser hair removal systems, blood cell counters, insulators, and blades. Therefore, growing demand from the healthcare industry will favor market growth over the forecast period.
Due to its excellent optical and mechanical properties sapphire is widely used in Ultraviolet to Infrared spectroscopy ranges which has a wide range of application in aeronautical jewel applications, which is expected to augment the market growth. Viewports, infrared countermeasure lamps, FLIR (forward looking infrared) systems, salt / sand blowing environments, vibration sensors, fire/flame sensors for aircraft, and instrumentation/aircraft gauges are some of the emerging applications of synthetic sapphire in the aerospace industry.
Figure 2. Global Synthetic Sapphire Market Value Share (%), By Application, 2021
On the basis of application, in 2021, optical segment accounted for the largest market share of 32.6% in terms of value, followed by sapphire substrates and display respectively.
Major players operating in the global synthetic sapphire market include Rubicon Technology Inc., KYOCERA Corporation, Saint-Gobain, SCHOTT AG, Monocrystal, Rayotek Scientific Inc., CRYSTALWISE TECHNOLOGY INC., ILJIN Display CO. Ltd, Namiki Precision Jewel Co., Ltd., and Juropol Sp. z o.o.
Synthetic sapphire is also referred to as Corundum, which has excellent chemical stability and mechanical property. Synthetic sapphire with chemical formula AI2O3 is a trusted material with its excellent chemical stability, light transmission and mechanical property. Moreover, synthetic sapphire is the hardest of all oxide crystals. Moreover, it is also used in the medical industry where it is used to produce hip joint endoprostheses.
Global synthetic sapphire market has witnessed significant growth in the recent past year, owing to the rising demand from Light Emitting Diode (LED) manufacturers and consumer electronics. Based on application, global synthetic sapphire market is segmented into optics, sapphire substrates, displays, and other industrial applications. The major application of synthetic sapphire is optics, owing to the rising adoption of advanced technologies and methods in synthetic sapphire manufacturing. This factor is estimated to foster market growth in the forecast period.
Based on end-user, the global synthetic sapphire market is divided into Light Emitting Diode (LED) manufacturing, semiconductor, medical devices, and consumer electronics. Among these segments, Light Emitting Diode (LED) manufacturing dominated the global synthetic sapphire market in 2021, owing to the growing demand for synthetic sapphire from semiconductor industry. This scenario is expected to boost the market growth of the global synthetic sapphire market in the forecast period.
Furthermore, the Asia Pacific region dominated the global synthetic sapphire market in 2021, owing to the major manufacturers of synthetic sapphire in countries like India and China. As a result, this scenario is estimated to foster growth of the global synthetic sapphire market in the forecast period.
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