Trends – LCDs to battle plasma in large display market

Menlo Park, Calif. — Market research from Pacific Media Associates (PMA) indicates that the first major battle between LCD and PDP (plasma display panels) in the large-format flat panel displays (FPDs) wars is being fought on the 30-39 inch battleground, and LCDs are gaining ground rapidly.

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a level of seven per cent during the second half of 2002, LCDs have grown dramatically to account for nearly 34 per cent of this size category in the third quarter of 2003, according to the monthly Reseller Tracking Service, a survey of 50 key North American retailers and resellers conducted by PMA.

Other key factors playing a part are the rapid increase in the number of brands and models being offered and the declining price premium as compared with similar PDP-technology models.

Flatbed scanner market not that flat in Canada

Toronto — According to Evans Research, flatbed scanner vendors finished the third quarter of 2003 up slightly over the results of Q2-2003.

Total shipments were 77,936 units and represented a sequential increase of five per cent. However, activity was down over the same quarter in 2002. The trend of annual declines is a consistent one throughout 2003, which is indicative of a declining market.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Canon continued to dominate the market, accounting for a combined unit market share of 81 per cent. Both vendors were able, through aggressive promotions and product placement strategies, to snap market share away from some of the smaller vendors.

Leading flatbed scanner vendors last year were: HP Camada, Canon Canada, UMAX, Microtek, BenQ Canada and Epson Canada.

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