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InfoTrends Reports North American Document Scanner Shipments Grow Over 50% for Third Straight Year

Thursday, August 03, 2006

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(Weymouth, MA) August, 01 2006 -- According to a new forecast report released by InfoTrends, shipments of document-class scanners have grown at a rate of over 50% for the third straight year. Workgroup scanners represent the largest segment of the market, with shipments rising 75% between 2004 and 2005. Departmental scanners are also beginning to see some impressive growth due to lower price points and innovative features. Nevertheless, this segment does face serious potential challenges from increased feature sets in the Workgroup segment as well as improving multifunctional peripheral (MFP) solutions. In terms of competition, there is continual interest in MFPs and how they compete against single-function document scanners. In addition to offering other functionalities, these devices continue to improve their scanning features. As scanning becomes more distributed, MFPs will be in more direct competition with dedicated document scanners. Scanner manufacturers will need to continue introducing innovative products to remain competitive. "There are many factors driving the market for scanning solutions, including compliance, a trend towards distributed scanning, and increasing demand from specific industries," commented Jonathan Franke, a Consultant at InfoTrends. "The companies that develop the most innovative solutions at attractive price points will be the ones best positioned to excel in this market." InfoTrends' report entitled North American Document Imaging Scanner Forecast: 2005-2010 is available for purchase immediately. The forecast examines the trends and issues that are impacting the document scanner market in North America. It provides a review of the market in terms of each scanner segment, including vendor profiles and their rankings in each category. The report also contains detailed forecast information with breakouts for shipments, revenues, and features such as color, duplex, interface type, flatbed and sheetfed form factors, and A3 and A4 bed sizes. Vendors that are highlighted in this analysis include Avision, BancTec, Böwe Bell & Howell, Canon, Eastman Kodak, Epson, Fujitsu, HP, Microtek, IBML, Improvision, InoTec, Microform, Panasonic, Ricoh, Scan-Optics, Visioneer, Visionshape, and Xerox. The complete forecast is available immediately for purchase. For more information about the forecast or to make a purchase, visit our online store or contact Matt O'Keefe at (781) 616-2100 or via email at matt_okeefe@infotrends.com.




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