New industry analysis has shown that laser and LED-powered projectors are likely to provide the greatest growth for the international projector market in the coming years

The research, published by Pacific Media Associates (PMA), said that the sales of mainstream units of laser and LED projectors are expected to rise modestly this year, before gaining pace between 2013 and 2015, indicating a turning point for the technology, which is still considered to be in its relative infancy.

PMA’s vice president of projector research, Michael Abramson, said that the projectors are likely to become more and more popular in the pico, personal, toy or gaming projector categories.

“Shipments of laser/LED hybrid models are forecast to grow modestly this year, and then are expected to grow by more than 40 per cent each year during 2013 to 2015,” he explained.

“Shipments of laser-illuminated units are expected to begin in 2013 for the high-end and digital cinema ranges. In 2014, PMA anticipates a growth rate of more than 80 per cent for the high-end laser models and nearly double for the digital cinema laser models.”

He added that sales of medium-throw projectors are expected to rise by 20 per cent every year until 2014, with the average retail price halving by 2016.