Pacific Media Associates Expects Worldwide Projector Market to Top 11 Million Units in 2012

Menlo Park, California, USA – June 5, 2012. Pacific Media Associates (PMA), the worldwide market information experts on front projectors, has just released their latest quarterly forecast for the projector industry. Total worldwide shipments are expected to reach 11.3 million in 2012, nearly 20% higher than 2011. The projector forecast also includes a critical update of last quarter’s groundbreaking forecast for solid-state illumination technologies such as Laser projectors, hybrid Laser/LED projectors, and LED projectors.  Other key aspects of PMA’s latest forecast include a revised outlook for sales of ultra-short-throw projectors vs. medium-throw projectors, complete drill-down into historical and expected performance of 3LCD, DLP, LCOS and MOEMS-based projectors, and volume and revenue performance for the full range of high-end projectors in commercial and consumer markets.

“Ultra-short-throw projectors and medium-throw projectors will remain strong segments in the projector industry, and are expected to show better than 25%+ combined annual growth though the forecast period,” said Dr. William Coggshall, President of Pacific Media Associates. “But manufacturer strategies, government funding, and price sensitivities will continue to influence the mix of these projectors around the world. For example, markets like the United States, Western Europe, Canada, and Japan will move closer to a 50/50 mix of ultra-short-throw vs. medium-throw.  However, Australia is expected to maintain its strong preference for ultra-short-throw over medium-throw while China will show a heavier mix of medium-throw in the near term.

In the market for solid-state projectors, LED-based projectors are expected to grow by nearly 60% in 2012 thanks in large part to pico projectors embedded in cameras and cell phones. Similarly strong growth is expected for hybrid projectors and laser-based projectors as they increasingly show up in classrooms, conference rooms, home theaters, and movie theaters/cinemas by late 2013.

About Pacific Media Associates

Pacific Media Associates specializes in worldwide front projector market information, including New Era (sub-1000 lumens), Mainstream (1000-3999 lumens), and High-End (4000+ lumens) categories. Their Industry Service family of publications provides detailed worldwide quarterly updates (sell-in data and forecasts) on front projector markets, blogs/alerts/newsletters on new products and other key industry developments, and biennial Web surveys of North American dealers and end users (including organizations and individual consumers). Their Tracking Service family of monthly reports offers timely sell-through data and analysis on unit sales, true volume-weighted street prices, and inventories of front projectors sold by leading North American retailers, resellers, and distributors. Pacific Media Associates was established by Dr. William Coggshall, who was a co-founder of Dataquest (now part of Gartner) and helped start the syndicated high-tech market information business. The company headquarters is at 1060 Siskiyou Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Telephone +1 650-561-9020