Transparent ceramics are a visually transparent category of ceramics. Transparent ceramics are crystal-like and glassy in nature. These ceramics are used as optically transparent materials in different forms. They are derivatives obtained from silica-based glass through crystallization. Transparent ceramics are used as a substitute to conventional glass. New product launches and acquisitions are some of the key strategies adopted by the market players to achieve a competitive edge in the transparent ceramics market.
Increasing demand from optoelectronic segment is a major driver for the transparent ceramics market. The high production cost associated with transparent ceramics prove to be a stumbling block for the growth of the transparent ceramics market. High prices of raw materials such as sapphire lead to an increase in cost of transparent ceramics, thus elevating the prices of end products. As a result, industries prefer to use cheaper substitutes.
Transparent Ceramics Market Taxonomy
The global transparent ceramics market is segmented on the basis of type, materials, and end use as follows:
On the basis of type;
On the basis of materials;
On the basis of end use;
Monocrystalline transparent ceramics is the largest market segment for transparent ceramics due to its excellent optical transparency and mechanical strength. Owing to these properties, they are widely used in optoelectronics and aerospace, defense & security applications. They are also used as insulators. Sapphire, due to its high transparency properties, is used instead of standard glass to meet the high transparency demands in specific applications. The excellent mechanical and optical properties of transparent ceramics have elevated its demand in the optics & optoelectronics industry, which in turn has bolstered the market growth. It is used to develop CMOS, CCDs, and transmitters. The use of transparent ceramics across aerospace & defense industry has been increasing due to the availability of capital and robust technology in this industry. The material is used to produce armors, windows, and hemispherical domes for aircrafts and missiles.
Some of the key players operating in the transparent ceramics market include CoorsTek Inc. (U.S.), Schott AG (Germany), Surmet Corporation (U.S.), II-VI Optical Systems (U.S.), Brightcrystals Technology Inc. (China), CILAS (France), and CeramTec-ETEC GmbH (Germany), among others, who have adopted various strategies to increase their market shares.
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