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Worldwide Consumer Scanning Market Shows Signs of Stabilizing after Market Consolidation and Fierce Competition from All-in-Ones, According to New Report by InfoTrends/CAP Ventures


(Weymouth, MA) June, 16 2005... The worldwide mass scanner market continues to evolve as digital imaging vendors vie for consumer mindshare. Today’s challenge is to continue differentiating single-function scanners from low-cost, multifunctional, inkjet based all-in-one devices. The combined functionality and rock-bottom price points offered by all-in-one vendors have recently made the price/performance of single-function scanners less attractive to prospective buyers, particularly in North America.

The adoption of digital cameras in North America has also shifted the predominant use of scanners away from capturing and sharing photos. Nonetheless, photo enthusiasts who still use or have film pictures continue to benefit from the built-in photo and film scanning features that many scanners offer.

“An important factor to single-function scanner sales and revenues has been the evolution of all-in-one offerings, which have come down significantly in price.” said Susan Moyse, an Industry Consultant at InfoTrends/CAP Ventures. “Even in this very competitive environment, however, single-function scanner vendors continue to develop products that attract consumers. For example, consumers are starting to scan more documents, allowing vendors to market new and advanced features that will drive increased sales. A sizable market remains for manufacturers who are committed to tapping into the opportunity.”

Europe and the rest of world (ROW) regions continue to follow the trends set in North America . Despite market consolidation, ROW markets are expected to grow in importance in the coming years, helping to stabilize worldwide shipments and revenues.

InfoTrends/CAP Ventures’ new forecast report entitled 2005 Worldwide Mass Market Scanner Forecast and Analysis is available immediately. The report provides a comprehensive analysis for North America, with top line information on Europe and the rest of world (ROW) regions. A five-year forecast, vendor rankings, key trends, and strategies for success are included for each region. The forecast for North America is further segmented and analyzed by price range, resolution, bit depth, operating system, and interface type. Vendors that are highlighted in the document include HP, Epson, Visioneer, Canon, Microtek, and Umax.

InfoTrends/CAP Ventures is the leading worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industries. InfoTrends/CAP Ventures provides research, analysis, forecasts, and advice to help clients understand market trends, identify opportunities, and develop strategies to grow their businesses. Additional information about InfoTrends/CAP Ventures is available on the Web at www.infotrendsresearch.com.

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