10th October 2007 - The world market for operator terminals was estimated to have been worth just over $1.5 billion in 2005, with a forecast growth rate of around 7% between 2005 and 2011. The Asia Pacific market, estimated to account for about 20% of the total worldwide market in 2005, will be the fastest growing through to 2011, with a double digit growth rate.
Primary drivers of this high growth rate in Asia Pacific are the increasing use of operator terminals in the Chinese and Indian industrial automation markets. Both countries are expected to experience rapid increases in demand for operator terminal products, with touchscreen types expected to dominate the market in terms of revenues. By 2011, the touchscreen operator terminal segment is projected to account for approximatly 80% of the total Asia Pacific market.
The more basic product types, such as text displays and text operator terminals, are also expected to show reasonable growth in China and India as machine builders in these countries continue to produce extremely price competitive products. Market analyst, Mark Watson, commented “These countries are seeing an increase in the number of manufacturing facilities that they accommodate due to their advantageous labour costs which can give companies operating in the international arena a significant advantage. This is in turn is influencing the size and growth of their operator terminal markets.” Unit shipments of text based terminals to China and India, which are typically used in more basic applications, are expected to reach nearly 180,000 by 2011, compared to just over 190,000 in the entire EMEA region.
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