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

Pacific Media Associates (PMA) just released its latest quarterly
forecast for the projector industry. Total worldwide shipments are
expected to reach 11.3 million in 2012, nearly 20 percent 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 percent + 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 percent 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.

PMA is here: