The impact of Megatrends
Global shifts are transforming the way we live and the products we consume. The general implications are many, but for the nanotechnology industries Megatrends equals business opportunities. Global development requires technological progress, in which nanotechnology plays a key role. An increase in demand for tools that can realize nanotechnology benefits is therefore expected for the foreseeable future.
Megatrends driving the demand of nanotechnology:
- RAPID URBANIZATION
A rapid urbanization requires smart and self-sustaining cities, which in turn fuels the need for self-sustaining and intelligent sensors enabling e.g. control, monitoring and optimization of energy consumption. These sensors (MEMS / MicroElectroMechanical Systems) benefit from the manufacturing solutions Obducat provides.
- CLIMATE CHANGE AND RESOURCE SCARCITY
Due to climate change and resource scarcity, more efficient renewable energy production and more resource efficient ways of producing e.g. electronic devices are highly sought after. By utilizing and implementing nano based technologies the world can make progress towards a sustainable energy production. Nanotechnology enable miniaturization, which is one way to lower the consumption of material resources when producing e.g. electronic devices as well as lowering their power consumption.
- TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS
Nanotechnology plays a key role in the development of future products within areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Internet of Things (IoT), Robots and 3D printing. These technological breakthroughs comprehend a lot more than applications found in the gaming industry. Other areas include industries such as transportation, medical, defence, entertainment, tourism and education.
- DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE
With an increased ageing population there is an escalating need to reduce health care costs. One way to achieve this is to enable earlier diagnosis of diseases with the help of nanotechnology. Treatment in an earlier phase of the course of the disease does not only generate economic gains for the society as the point-of-care is moved to the patient, but also considerable benefits for the patient herself. The technological progress needed to continuously improve quality of life and reduce health care costs relies heavily on further advances in nanotechnology.