Worldwide projector shipments are expected to grow by almost one quarter in 2011, even taking into account the effects of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, according to global display market information experts.

Shipments are forecast to increase by 24 per cent, up from 8.5 million units last year to 10.5 million in 2011, new figures from Pacific Media Associates (PMA) have revealed.

This forecast is around 300,000 units less than PMA’s earlier predictions because of the impact of the March 11 disaster, which affected production of projector components in Japan.

Total projector shipments are expected to hit 39.7 million units by 2015. PMA breaks this figure down into three different brightness ranges - New Era (under 500 lumens), Mainstream (500 to 4,999 lumens), and High End (5,000 or more lumens).

New Era, which comprises everything from tiny modules embedded in mobiles, to pico projectors and larger personal projector models, is expected to grow from about one million units in 2010 to about 27 million units in 2015.

Mainstream - which includes ultra-short throw and interactive projectors - is predicted to reach 11.9 million units, up from seven million units last year, while the market for High End projectors for cinemas, auditoriums and other large spaces will grow from 165,000 units in 2010 to about 425,000 units in 2015.