Worldwide shipments of professional flat panel displays increased by 8% quarter-on-quarter in CYQ4 2013 to reach 567,000 units and finish the year with 20% volume growth, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting.
“The EMEA region continues to perform well, with quarterly volume growth standing at 16% and market volumes reaching 163,000 units. Also, the project business in Russia and Poland supported by strong performances across much of Western Europe saw the region grow by 16.6% quarter-on-quarter” says Ben Davis, Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting.
“Year-on-Year growth in the region stands at 22% and the market grew quarter-on-quarter by 14%. However, this is excluding the Turkish market where the FATIH project had spiked volumes of 65” IFPD a year previous.
“Market value remains consistent with CYQ2, growing 12% quarter-on-quarter with good demand for 60-inch & 70-inch screens complementing stable volumes in the mid ranges.”
2013 has brought good growth to the region, excluding Turkey, year to date volume growth was 21% with significant increases in demand seen in key Middle Eastern territories where project business in transport, retail and education is driving early adoption cycles.
Despite US demand continuing to remain relatively stagnant (the market is returning annual growth of 0.03% in 2013) the Americas region returned QoQ growth of 5% with good business seen in Canada, Brazil and other areas of Latin America.
The Asia Pacific region closed the year with a solid quarter, full year 2013 volumes reaching 920,000 units, 28% growth on 2012. The market of Japan, China and Korea all returned annual growth rates in excess of 20%.
Entry level/Prosumer products continue to gain traction in the market, while high end solutions lose share. Mid-range products maintain demand as customers trade down value-orientated solutions.
Video wall products maintained their strong position in a growing market, with volumes driven by the increasingly diverse applications for video wall set ups and super narrow bezel’ product increasingly being used as standalone displays in aesthetically-orientated retail applications.