Sputtering targets market to surpass $540m


TECHCET CA, the advisory service firm providing electronics materials information, has projected the 2016 global market for semiconductor sputtering targets to total $575m, growing almost 7% from 2015.

Commonly utilised for thin-film deposition, etching and analytical techniques in the electronics business, sputtering is a process whereby particles are deposited or sputtered from a solid target material onto a substrate.

This is an important step in some thin film PV cell manufacturing processes, with the deposition of a transparent conductive oxide (TCO) film on the front glass – typically tin oxide or zinc oxide – deposited via sputtering.

Sputtering targets are available in a range of precious and non-precious materials, including pure elements or compounds and alloys, and might include precious metals like gold, palladium, and platinum.

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