New research has revealed that two million projectors were shipped worldwide over the first quarter of this year, demonstrating the strength of the sector.

PMA Research's latest findings on the global projector market showed that the vast majority of advanced and emerging countries enjoyed annual growth across the sector. Sales of interactive projectors and short-throw projectors in the US both saw double-digit gains compared to the same time period last year.

Linda Norton, VP of PMA Research, told Installation International: “Short-throw and interactive projectors are increasingly penetrating the K-12 market. And despite the focus on tablets in education, the strong performance in the first quarter for these types of projectors indicates some recovery in K-12 and confirms the findings from PMA’s recent survey of the K-12 market.”

The report also found that widescreen resolutions in Europe made up 40 per cent of the total volume mix within the mainstream and high-end segments over the first three months. Much of this was attributed to successful retail channels in Germany and a continued shift to widescreen across the high-end projector market.

The overall projector market in Asia also improved over the first quarter when compared to last year. China saw a third straight quarter of double-digit gains across the mainstream and high-end segments, with interest beginning to shift from short-throw projectors to value-priced SVGA and XGA standard-throw projectors.

China's consumer home entertainment market also continued to see solid growth, with the level of sales of 4K and 1080px projectors almost double the amount recorded the year prior.