For calendar year 2012, the projectors market came in at 2.4 million units shipped in EMEA, showing very slight year-on-year volume growth of 1.02% on the 2.38 million units shipped in CY 2011, according to the latest round of research from Futuresource Consulting.
Economic difficulties continued to hinder growth in the projector market during CYQ4, which reached a total volume of 678,000 units, a 'YoY' decline of 9.5% on CYQ4 2011.
In the EMEA region, Germany posted a return to good business at 97,400 after a disappointing CYQ3 after the close of the European Football championships. However, Germany's full year territory accounted for 367,000 units showing YoY growth of 4.4%. Territories in Southern Europe showed another disappointing quarter with government austerity measures continuing to impact corporate and education spending. Spain, Italy and Greece have year-on-year volume declines of 34.1%, 16.5% and 33.6%, respectively in 2012.
While Eastern Europe has fallen below Futuresource's expectations, Russia remains an area of strong growth with quarterly volumes of 69,000. The full year 2012 showed this territory to have achieved an increase from 198,400 units shipped in CY 2011 to 251,400 units in CY 2012, which equates to an outstanding 26.7% YoY increase. The majority of this growth had been driven by the education market, which saw substantial tendering for both projectors and Interactive Whiteboards throughout 2012.
The MEA territory reached a CY 2012 total of 519,000 units, showing 4.5% growth on the previous CY 2011 total of 496,000 units. The UAE posted another strong quarter at 39,000 and also reports of distributors in the territory continuing to service demand in areas of North Africa. The MEA region therefore is forecast to achieve the greatest growth during 2013 and substantial education business is expected later in the year.
• Solid State Illumination achieved 1.5% of the 1000 lumen+ projector market in EMEA with a total volume of 9.6k units, down from 1.6% of the market in CYQ4 2011 when volumes reached 11.6k units.
• Ultra Short Throw projection achieved 6.7% of the 1000 lumen+ projector market in EMEA with volumes of 43.0k units, up from 6.1% of the market in CYQ4 2011 when volumes reached 43.1k units.
• Interactive Projection accounted for 2.7% of the 1000 lumen+ projector market in EMEA with volumes of 17.5k units, up from 2.2% of the market in CYQ4 2011 when volumes reached 15.9k units.
• Widescreen formats accounted for 25.4% of the 1000 lumen+ B2B projector market, with volumes of 140.9k units in EMEA, up from 20.5% of the market in CYQ4 2011 when volumes reached 128.8k units.