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Futuresource Consulting, the specialist research and consulting company, is delighted to be the official knowledge partner for CEATEC. The company can trace its roots back to the 1980s and provides market insights into consumer electronics, digital imaging, entertainment media, broadcast, optical manufacturing, storage media, professional IT and education technology.
With more than 70 full-time employees providing in-depth analysis and forecasts across consumer and professional electronics categories, Futuresource is able to advise on market, competitive and technological developments, providing clients with access to the information that helps produce the best possible results.


Total Global Tablet Market Exceeds 32m Shipments in Q3 2012

The total global tablet market exceeded 32 million shipments in Q3 2012, growing 75% year on year, according to a new Tablet Market Update report from Futuresource Consulting. Futuresource forecasts show that the tablet market will reach shipments of 137 million units in 2012 and will grow almost threefold over the next few years to reach 352 million units shipped in 2016.

There is significant industry growth across all key world territories, with the majority of tablet market activity still originating from consumer purchases. However, education and enterprise segments are growing rapidly and now account for 11% of the market. In particular, the education segment accounted for 26% of B2B shipments, equating to 3% of the total market in Q3 2012. This demonstrates the continuing impact of personal electronic devices on the classroom.

Futuresource has been monitoring the market in China since 2010 and Chinese domestic white label tablets are now making an impact on global volumes. Between Q1 and Q3 2012, the Chinese white label market accounted for around six million units shipped (more than 40% of the total Chinese tablet market) and these white label products could achieve between nine and ten million units for 2012, which equates to around 50% of the total Chinese tablet market.

The USA continues to lead the way in tablet adoption, currently accounting for 43% of global ownership and is on track to achieve an installed base of nearly 90 million devices by the end of 2012. Europe has seen slower uptake, with Futuresource research showing that nearly 45 million devices will be in European homes by the end of 2012. Looking to the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia and India, growth is running at levels more than double the USA and Western Europe, though from a far smaller installed base.

The current and future growth in tablet shipments is being driven by many factors, with price being a key influencer. Price drops in premium high end products are making products widely available to a wider user base, with many consumers already in a position to upgrade. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has undergone a price reduction strategy across Europe, which has led to an uplift in sales.

Across the tablet market, the average trade price per unit is currently down below $370, representing a 24% drop in price year on year. Despite this price erosion, the overall market value will continue to climb and prospects for the industry are extremely positive, with strong growth throughout the forecast period to 2016.