Multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) consist of multiple layers of ceramic material, such as barium titanate, which is separated by interdigitating metal electrodes. It offers a broad range of features, which include lightweight, low cost, reliable performance, high voltage carrying capabilities, and large storage carrying capacity.
Growing OEM efforts towards the development of small-sized capacitors, increasing penetration of consumer electronics and wearable technology, and advancement of IoT are the factors fuelling the market growth. However, relatively small capacitance and low ESR hinders the market growth.
The multi-layer ceramic capacitors market was valued at USD 3.8 billion and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period.
Material advances and process improvements are key enablers for the ceramic capacitors to operate at high frequency, highly transient environments, and high temperatures. MLCCs designed today can handle high charge in small packages and enable design engineers to achieve high-performance levels. Hence, capacitor manufacturers focus on developing ceramic formulations with the capability of operating at higher frequencies to address the growing demand. For instance, ultra-broadband capacitors, GXOS series designed by AVX Corp, aims at addressing 16 kHz to 40 GHz DB blocking. Further, these capacitors with a voltage rating of 6.3 VDC at 85 °C are rated at 0.1 microfarads and designed to mount on strip lines with a width of fewer than 20 mils.
The array capacitors segment holds the highest market share on account of the increasing penetration of MLCCs in consumer electronics and automotive applications. Automobiles have specific environment requirements for the MLCCs to work at, such as a high-temperature operating environment for ECUs (Electronic Control Units) and large electric power electronic circuits. Therefore, manufacturers are focusing on the commercialization of ceramic capacitors to meet the growing demand for automobile-specific conditions in support of more advanced features and electrification of automobiles.
The mid-voltage segment holds the largest market share, owing to the increasing demand for consumer electronics, such as smartphones, and the growing penetration of electric vehicles in the automotive industry. Miniaturization of devices has spurred the MLCC demand across several application areas. Additionally, advancements in the field of technology are expected to positively impact the global industry. The use of MLCCs in automotive applications is expected to be a growth opportunity.
The electronic application in the automotive sector and the advent of hybrid and electric vehicles using MLCC drive the market growth. MLCC demand in the power train and ECU is expected to increase over the forecast period due to the advantages they provide in comparison to conventional capacitors. For instance, in October 2018, Panasonic launched conductive hybrid polymer capacitors for automotive power train applications.
COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on all industry verticals globally. The market of MLCCs has witnessed a slight decrease in growth on account of the increasingly stringent regulations from the governments, such as shut down of cross-border activities, manufacturing sector, and social distancing norms. This has resulted in the disruption of supply chain operations across the globe, further delaying the demand for capacitors. Furthermore, loss of jobs and increase in pay cuts has decelerated the demand for EV cars and capacitors.
North America’s MLCC market is largely driven by the presence of key players offering multi-layer ceramic capacitors, such as Future Electronics Inc., Netsource Technology, Aerovox, and Tecate Group. Rapid digitization across all industry verticals has increased the demand for capacitors to reduce noise and surge storage capacity. The growing adoption of renewable resources has paved the way for electric vehicles, escalating the demand for multi-layer ceramic capacitors. Additionally, a surge in smart electronics product penetration, such as home automation and consumer electronics, provides an impetus to the market growth.
Asia-Pacific is the fastest-growing region in the multi-layer ceramic capacitors market as it is strongly backed by the presence of leading market players, such as Kyocera Corporation, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, and TDK Corporation. The increasing demand for consumer electronics and growing disposable income in China, India, and Indonesia fuels market growth.
Apart from this, the increasing demand for renewable energy sources on account of the government initiatives has surged the demand for electric vehicles, further accelerating the market growth. For instance, in September 2017, the Government of India launched the Clean Energy Initiative, which promotes the use of renewable energy resources and electric vehicles to mitigate air pollution.
|Market Size||USD in Billion By 2030|
|Forecast Units||Value (USD Million)|
|Report Coverage||Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends|
|Segments Covered||by Type (General Capacitors), Voltage (Low Voltage, Mid Voltage), Application (Consumer Electronics)|
|Geographies Covered||North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, LAME and Rest of the World|
|Key Companies Profiled/Vendors||Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., Walsin Technology Corporation, Yageo Corporation, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd., TDK Corporation, American Technical Ceramics, API Technologies, AVX Corporation, Johanson Dielectrics, KEMET Corporation, Murata,|
|Key Market Opportunities||The Semiconductor & Electronics Industry'S Substantial Growth Fuels The Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors Market|