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The demand for RFID electronic tags will grow rapidly in the next few years

recently, the so-called electronic tags related to radio frequency identification (RFID) in foreign magazines will become a new big market for printers and ink manufacturers. Recently, a conference on radio frequency identification (RFID) and electronic tags was held in Cambridge, England. Experts attending the conference generally believed that the demand for this new, low-cost technology was growing rapidly. The meeting concluded that the output value of the world's electronic label market will reach 4billion in 2007 and 10billion in 2013

according to statistics, the sales volume of electronic labels in the world was 1.5 billion tons in 2003, reached billions of tons in 2007, and will reach at least 5billion tons in six years. However, it is still impossible to predict how much electronic labels produced by printing plants using electronic ink and existing printing equipment will account for once the economic losses caused by foreign technical trade measures need to be minimized to reach billions of tons. It is believed that this largely depends on the success of the suppliers of microprocessors and electronic materials in the development of plastic chips, and also depends on the application of viable and lowest cost alternatives to silicon semiconductors

conductive polyester has the required softness and processability, which makes printing a feasible method to produce electronic labels and related products on a large scale and at a low cost, and the industrial output value has also increased to more than 30billion yuan. However, even if the technical problem of the development of conductive polyester is solved, it is still doubtful whether the developed conductive polyester can be effectively sold at a low price, because it needs to compensate a lot of research and development costs, and its price will not be very low. Therefore, the existing RFID label producers who plan to become the main players in this large market are studying mass production methods similar to web printing

opportunities for printers

in the low-cost electronic age, printers are still competitive. The main advantage of printing is its speed, which is 10 times faster than the method used by RFID label producers, so the cost is much lower

the biggest breakthrough of the printing industry is the electronic display technology. Some companies have introduced a large number of printing methods and systems, and some companies have successfully experimented with a new generation of electronic color rendering ink on greeting cards. Some companies study the display of numbers and portraits on cards and labels based on the discoloration of ink when low energy is applied

in the early stage of the production of electronic labels, the method of printing will be mainly used, but in the end, the method of mass production should be used, such as flexographic printing and gravure printing

at present, printing plants and electronic ink manufacturers can produce electronic labels with micro processing capacity close to 1 pass, which are often used in aerospace applications, and can provide information similar to that provided by bar codes, such as manufacturer, product serial number and batch number. Once the electronic tag can provide a certain amount of information, RFID will at least replace the bar codes used on boxes and pallets

it is reported that in 2003, about 500million RFID tags were used in logistics transportation all over the world. Once this kind of label is applied to pallets and containers, the demand in this aspect alone will reach 2billion a year. If the application in air baggage transportation is expanded, the demand for electronic labels will increase by 200million a year

retail industry

some chain stores and consumer goods manufacturers with global brands have planned to use RFID tags on boxes and pallets in the next few years. Some companies are conducting experiments to introduce RFID tags into warehouses and implement the electronic product code (EPC) standard, which means that 5billion tags will be needed. By the beginning of 2006, all suppliers should be able to track all boxes in Wal Mart's distribution network

front line observers believe that the main force behind the global growth of rfin electronic labels will come from manufacturers of major brands, such as Coca Cola, Gillette, saralee, Unilever and Nestle

RFID tag price

the growth rate of RFID tags will be driven by costs. According to Coca Cola, before electronic tags are used on all boxes and pallets, the price of each tag will be reduced from the current lowest level of 30-50 cents to 5 cents

this means that 1billion labels will be needed every year. According to existing RFID label producers, they are developing production methods to achieve the above unit price level

once the label price is reduced to 1 cent, it is very economical to put such a label on all consumer goods. The first products that use this label are expensive items, such as DVDs, CDs, batteries, perfume, cigarettes, etc. Experts predict that by 2015, more than 10% of products will have electronic labels

The price of

1 cent or less makes the total demand for electronic labels reach billions, and many new applications are developed, such as bank checks, stamps, certificates and archives. At such a low price, printing has not only become a competitive production method, but also can produce RFID tags on a large scale, almost without additional basic investment

material cost

the main problem in the future is the gap between the cost of the core silicon chip of RFID tag and the cost of electronic ink of integrated circuit. At that time, silicon chips accounted for the largest proportion of the cost of electronic labels. Using the latest large-scale production equipment can reduce the unit price of labels to 30 cents, and silicon chips account for 60% - 75% of the total unit price. According to the prediction of German electronic label equipment manufacturers, the price of silicon chips will not fall below 2 cents for a long time. The cost of other materials is about 2.5 cents, and the rest is processing costs. In short, material costs still account for the majority of the total cost. Someone warned that once billions of electronic labels are needed, the cost of materials used for electronic ink will become extremely expensive. For low-cost labels, the price of silver is also too high

at present, Siemens in Germany is using printing, gravure printing and flexographic printing technology to produce plastic integrated circuits with polymer electrodes, insulators and semiconductors in the laboratory, and the price of conductive polymers used is as high as $200 per gram. They are developing reel to reel technology to make printing electronic labels like printing newspapers

due to material costs and technical barriers, Siemens' plan will slow down. They will first focus on the anti-counterfeiting trademark production device with a capacity of 16bit. They plan to start simply and try to find a reel to reel production method suitable for mass production. It is expected that the first product will be put into the market in about 3 years, and it may take 10 years to produce RFID tags with a capacity of 96bit

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