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Demand For Digital Images Push Worldwide Scanner Shipments Past 24 Million In 2000.

Driven by the Internet and increased demand for digital imaging, the worldwide scanner market has taken off with unit shipments climbing to 24.3 million in 2000. That figure is expected to balloon to 47.7 million by 2004. According to new research from IDC, declining price points - which dipped below $192 worldwide in 1999 - are making scanners accessible to a wide range of users. Scanners are moving beyond the corporate desktop and being implemented for a wide range of consumer applications.

Flatbed scanners continued to dominate the market, accounting for 97 percent of worldwide shipments in 1999. Flatbeds experienced a very healthy 1999 with 38 percent shipment growth over 1998. "Simplified applications, falling prices, and the wild spread of email use has kept the flatbed scanner on top," says Ron Glaz, manager of IDC's scanners program. "Additionally, the introduction of USB interfaces has averted another obstacle by addressing the need for speed." Overall, worldwide flatbed shipments will remain strong, reaching 23.6 million this year.

The fastest-growing segment of the scanner market is a new breed of handhelds. These devices, known as pen scanners or digital highlighters, have evolved from a tethered peripheral connected to a PC to a standalone information appliance. Pen scanners are independent, text-capturing devices that can grab specific text on a page quickly and easily, giving the user instant gratification. Overall, the worldwide handheld scanner market will grow 616 percent from 1999 to 2000 on shipments of 269,000 units.

Key findings:

* The value of scanner shipments grew 27 percent year over year to reach $4 billion in 1999.

* Average sales prices for 35mm scanners will drop to $721 by 2004.

* High-speed scanners are forecast to have a double-digit growth rate, with a 1999-2004 compound annual growth rate of 28.5 percent.

* The value of shipments for batch processing scanners reached $128 million in 1999.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Jun 5, 2000
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