Combined Flat Panel and Projector Market Shows Solid Year-Over-Year Growth According to PMA Research

PMA Research (PMA), the worldwide market information experts on large displays, has published their latest sell-through tracking report on large-format (32” and larger) flat panel displays and projectors being sold by leading U.S. AV/IT Distributors who serve commercial markets.

PMA Research is the only analyst firm combining monthly sell-through tracking data for these two product categories into one report to allow for total display market tracking, and easy comparisons between product segments.

For 4Q2018 combined display sales ended the year on a strong note, with unit sales up 8% and revenues up 10% over 4Q2017. In total, 2018 finished slightly slower in the second half of the year, but still well above 2017 sales figures with unit sales and revenues both up nearly 20%.

Unit Volumes Professional PJs and FPDs

Fourth quarter unit sales have historically been stronger for FPDs than for projectors and 4Q2018 was not an exception. FPD sales grew to 55% of total units and more than 60% of total revenues in 4Q2018. For the year, display sales were split 50/50 between the two technologies, the same as 2017. Revenue share for FPDs remained around 60% and projector revenues remained about 40% for the total year – essentially the same mix as the 2017 year-end figure.

Average pricing for 55?-59? FPD displays remained very high as significant number of expensive, high-brightness, weatherproof digital signage displays sold in that size range. Beyond those unique signage sales, growth in sales of 75” -79” FPD displays doubled in 2018 as prices fell by high single-digits through the year. Laser phosphor projector pricing fell 12% from 4Q2017 to 4Q2018 as total volume grew 1.5X during that timeframe.

PMA’s Professional All Displays Distributor Tracking Report offers timely sell-through data and analysis on unit sales and true volume-weighted wholesale prices of Large-Format Flat Panel Displays and Projectors sold by leading Distributors in the United States. This report is unique in that it combines flat panel and projector sell-through data into one report, making it easy to compare and analyze these different display product segments.

About PMA Research

PMA Research (PMA) specializes in worldwide market information for the projector industry, including detailed and comprehensive coverage of High-End Projectors, Mainstream Projectors, and Pico Projectors. With a series of quarterly projector shipment and forecast reports along with monthly sales tracking, PMA publishes data-driven insights for projector manufacturers, component suppliers, accessory companies and channel partners. Expanded coverage of the display industry includes market information on U.S. Professional Large-Format Flat Panel Displays. PMA’s Flat Panel Tracking Reports offer timely sell-through data and analysis on unit sales, revenues and true volume-weighted street prices of Professional Large-Format Flat Panel Displays sold by leading U.S. dealers, systems integrators, and distributors.

PMA Research was formerly Pacific Media Associates, which was established by Dr. William Coggshall. Dr. Coggshall was a co-founder of Dataquest (now part of Gartner) and helped start the syndicated high-tech market information business. PMA Research has offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The company’s US headquarters is located at 25852 Avenida Cabrillo, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Phone: +1 (949) 493-4601.