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  • Development Trend of Sputtering Target Industry

    Sputtering target materials have shown a rapid growth momentum in the international and domestic markets, and the era of scale application and industrialization has come. The development trend of target industry is firstly market differentiation. Products with low technology content will gradually face more fierce competition. Many small target companies have flexible mechanism and low production cost, which will make the low-end target market form the mode of price war; while the target market in the high-end industries such as magnetic recording, semiconductor, solar energy, etc. will continue to show the trend of technology leading, and the sputtering target suppliers with advanced technology at home and abroad will have an absolute advantage in the competition, and the coating manufacturers will be more dependent on the target materials suppliers.
    Sputtering target materials will show uneven development in different application fields. In the decorative coating industry, the product transformation of coating manufacturers, sputtering target capacity is relatively saturated, and the growth space is limited. In the tool coating industry, target companies with technical advantages will grow steadily, but not too fast. The scale of the magnetic storage industry will continue to expand, the target materials for magnetic recording will flourish, and the international and domestic markets will have a large growth. The semiconductor industry needs a wide variety of target materials, each of which is used in a large amount. Target companies with mature technology and strong R & D force will be in the leading position for a long time. The solar energy industry has huge development potential. In the next 5-10 years, a new green energy industry revolution will be launched. It can be predicted that solar photovoltaic power generation will occupy an important position in the world energy consumption in the near future, not only replacing part of conventional energy, but also becoming the main body of the world energy supply. With the further explosive growth of the solar industry, sputtering targets for solar cells will usher in a new round of large-scale growth.
    The development of sputtering target material will form the situation that technology and service determine the success or failure of the enterprise. Target companies with strong technical force, a variety of R & D products and several unique products will gain the right to speak in the market competition. With the expansion of the scale, the requirements of the sales process for capital are increased, the proportion of capital is increased, and the turnover time is longer, all of which pose higher challenges to the operation and management of the target enterprise. With the expansion and development of the coating industry, the competition in this industry will become increasingly fierce, and the product service requirements of the target suppliers will be higher. Target suppliers with good pre-sales and after-sales service will be favored by coating manufacturers.
    Increasing the utilization ratio of sputtering target is also the trend of target development. The conventional rectangular and cylindrical magnetron sputtering targets are solid. The circular magnetic field is established on the surface of the target by the circular permanent magnet, and the etching area is formed on the annular surface with equal distance between the axes, so the uniformity of the deposited film thickness is affected. The utilization ratio of the target is only 20% - 30%. At present, the rotating cylinder magnetron sputtering target is a hollow circular tube, which can rotate around the fixed strip magnet assembly, and can etch the target surface 360 ° uniformly, and the target material utilization rate is as high as 80%. With the rise of low-carbon economy, energy conservation and environmental protection are the strategic elements to be considered in the development of enterprises. The target material serves for the energy conservation and environmental protection industry. As far as the industry itself is concerned, it also needs an energy conservation and environmental protection production environment. On the one hand, it is to meet the needs of the development of the industry as a whole, and on the other hand, it is also a guarantee to establish the corporate image and win the confidence of customers. The existing small-scale target material production plants need to be reconstructed in terms of equipment and working environment, otherwise, they will not only be difficult to develop, but also face the risk of closure.
    In general, the target industry has a bright future. The rapid expansion of coating industry and the rapid expansion of market demand will undoubtedly drive the rapid development of target market. In addition, the target belongs to the field of new materials, which has been highly valued and strongly supported by the state and enterprises. With the increasing demand of coating market, a number of target enterprises will grow rapidly, become the leader of target industry, drive the development of the industry, and create considerable economic and social benefits.