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InfoTrends Releases New Document Imaging Scanner Forecast, Personal & Mobile/Micro Scanners Offer Opportunities for Growth

31 Aug, 2011

Weymouth, MA - August 30, 2011 - InfoTrends has announced the release of its Document Imaging Scanner Forecast for North America: 2010-2015. According to the forecast, revenues will remain flat showing only a slight increase from $757 million in 2010 to nearly $780 million in 2015. The personal segment is the only environment that is expected to see substantial revenue growth, while all production segments are expected to decline. An increase in mobile knowledge workers will drive a new category of mobile/micro scanners.

Anne Valaitis, Associate Director at InfoTrends commented, “The document imaging scanner market has undergone numerous changes over the past several years. There are a number of key trends, positive and negative, that are shaping the future of the market including continued economic pressures, the shift down-market, a move to electronic, intelligent capture and workflow initiatives, from centralized to decentralized scanning, and a shift toward mobility.”

These changes are expected to impact the personal, desktop workgroup, and departmental segments. As businesses move toward decentralized capture and workflow, many are finding that multiple lower-end units can serve a multitude of applications, processes, and departments both on premise and remote.

The production segments face an uphill battle, but opportunities still exist. Many businesses that might have historically purchased high-volume production scanners will be attracted to low- or mid-volume production devices. Meanwhile, the trend toward service bureaus and business process outsourcing may also help serve the mid- to high-volume production segments.

The increase in the number of mobile knowledge workers has created additional demand for a new breed of mobile scanners. These mobile scanning devices are truly designed for travel—they take power from USBs (some use batteries), have cases for transport, and are very small. Major players like HP, Canon, Fujitsu, and Visioneer have all introduced personal and mobile scanning devices, and more industry vendors will likely follow suit as time goes on. The rise in new mobile/micro scanners will help shape tomorrow’s market.

Valaitis continued, “The good news is that the scanning and capture activities are solid and growing. Concerns about the environment, corporate standards to move from paper-based to electronic processing and storage, as well as increased mobility all present future growth opportunities within the scanning market.”

InfoTrends Document Imaging Scanner Forecast for North America provides further insight into key trends affecting the market and the steps vendors must take to remain profitable into the future. It provides actual 2010 data for placements, revenues, and market share, as well as projected placement and revenue data for 2011 through 2015. This report is available for purchase. For more information or to purchase this report, visit our online store or e-mail publications@infotrends.com.
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InfoTrends, a Questex company, is the leading worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry. We provide research, analysis, forecasts, and advice to help clients understand market trends, identify opportunities, and develop strategies to grow their businesses. Additional information about InfoTrends is available on the Web at www.infotrends.com. Copyright 2011 InfoTrends. All rights reserved. Reproduction or reuse of InfoTrends materials is strictly prohibited without prior written consent.

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