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Global Video Wall Market On Track For 60% Growth In 2012

The global video wall industry is experiencing renewed growth, with the market on track to reach 380,000 unit sales in 2012, equating to year-on-year growth of 60%, according to a new industry report from Futuresource Consulting.

"Recent innovations have breathed new life into this relatively mature industry," says Parmjit Bhangal, Market Analyst, Futuresource Consulting. "Since 2009, LED backlight solutions have been used in rear projection displays, removing the costs of bulb replacement and maintenance. However, LCD super narrow bezel displays – SNBs - have been the real game-changer, finally offering a suitable alternative to rear projection devices and plasma screens, allowing vendors to drive new revenue streams from new markets, most notably retail and public display.

"These technological advancements have created a huge amount of industry buzz, dominating trade show floors and commanding the interest of industry press, and we're seeing all this potential start to convert into revenues. Last year, the SNB category posted year-on-year sales growth in excess of 100% and accounted for over 80% of the total video wall market."

Yet despite the competition from SNB displays, the rear projection category continues to grow steadily, with Futuresource forecasts showing that growth will continue out to 2015 and beyond. The introduction of solid state technology has been key, with LED accounting for nearly 40% of sales in 2011, though this figure would be far higher if China - a huge lamp-based market - was excluded from the analysis.

There are four key markets for video walls: control room; retail and public display; corporate and exhibition; and broadcast.

"Market dynamics differ significantly from country to country, with investment in infrastructure often a key driver for both display technologies," says Bhangal. "Moving forward, we're going to see strong double digit growth over the next three years, reaching sales of close to one million units in 2015. However, as major CE and pro AV display heavyweights enter the market and focus on volume business, value will be driven out of SNB displays putting pressure on the entire video wall category.

"China and the United States will continue to lead the market, but India, Russia and Brazil will be the ones to watch, becoming increasingly important over the next three years."

Futuresource Conferences @ CEATEC JAPAN 2012 are planned as below.

Wednesday 3rd October 2012 [Room 201A]
(English with Japanese simultaneous interpretation)