Research carried out into the global projector market in the first quarter of 2013 has indicated that it had a tough period, with sales seeing a year-on-year fall of 7.5 per cent during the quarter.

The research, carried out and published by industry analysts, Futuresource, found that the strongest areas of the world projector market were for large venue and installation projectors with brightness of more than 4,000 lumens, B2B widescreen projectors and ultramobile devices.

A Futuresource spokesman said that SVGA projectors saw a 13.2 per cent year-on-year fall in sales during the period, with XGA sales volumes falling by 16.7 per cent, but B2B WXGA projectors saw sales rise by 7.7 per cent.

“The largest declines were seen in standard-definition mainstream products (1,000-3,999 lumens) as demand shows signs of retraction in key western territories,” the spokesman said. “Growth markets such as Russia and India that had driven volumes in Q1 2012 experienced a difficult quarter as funding for education and public sector projects were suspended.”

He said that the below-2kg ultramobile projectors were selling well, seeing year-on-year growth of 26.7 per cent and LED projectors seeing a 31.4 per cent rise.

The spokesman explained, “As the brightness of LED models increases, the B2B applications for these products increase, also providing new markets for LED projectors in the road warrior and small meeting room sectors, taking share from lamp-based models.”