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NanoMarkets believes that the silver inks and pastes business will face significant strategic challenges in the next decade. The firm is projecting that the total market for silver inks and pastes will contract from approximately $7.8 billion to about $7.5 billion by the end of the decade. And while a market decline of under 4 percent does not seem like the end of the world, the industry is lacking a new opportunity to pursue as it has in the past when silver paste makers rode the home appliance wave into consumer electronics, then computers, cell phones and most recently solar panels, as each of these sectors took off. But with hard times in the solar industry, the silver inks and pastes industry’s luck seems to have run out. There seems to be no big new market to take solar’s place.