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44 SMT Magazine • August 2014 sMtonline Market News highlights global 3D Printing Forecast to 2019 The 3D printing market has seen rapid growth in recent years due to its increasing applications across different sectors such as consumer products and electronics, automotive, medical, industrial, and aerospace. Decreasing cost of 3D printers and its increasing adoption across the government and education sectors is further expected to spur the demand in the coming years. tablets to Bridge the gap with smartphones new analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that by 2016, the use of smartphones is expected to de- crease from the current levels of 66% to 58%, while tablets are expected to increase from 49 percent to 56%. PC Monitor Market sees sluggish Q12014 "Despite the overall decline, the shipment totals were stronger than the forecast of 31 million units," said Phuong Hang, program director, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. "geographically, Japan and the Middle east and Africa (MeA) regions delivered the largest gains during the first quarter while Dell and HP both experienced solid shipment growth." health Monitoring Market to Reach $2.50B by 2020 The machine health monitoring market is expect- ed to reach $2.50 at a CAgr of 7.16% from 2014 to 2020. Machine health monitoring is an unin- terrupted assessment of the equipment and ma- chinery. Machine health monitoring system can be implemented to reduce plant operating costs by optimizing maintenance activities and lower- ing the instances of unscheduled outages. Thus it helps in reducing the overall maintenance costs and improving the lifetime of equipment. Digital signage Revenue Falls Flat The digital signage industry is facing a formidable challenge from cheaper, conventional Tv pan- els that replace specialized custom products that long have differentiated the professional displays market. Conference Board EtI up 6.3% in June "The rapid increase in the Employment Trends Index in recent months suggests that strong job growth is likely to continue through the summer," said gad levanon with The Conference board. "While the strong labor market signals an improve- ment in economic growth, the key factor is that the average productivity of workers will need to rise as well." global LCD tV shipments to gain 3% this year Witsview Research Director burrell liu noted, "Tv panel pricing is expected to remain flat or increase throughout August into September but this is still yet to be fully determined, as end sales perfor- mance and whether vendors' inventories are piling up will still all make a difference. The same will ap- ply to notebook and monitor panels." Consumer Confidence Index on the Rise The Conference board Consumer Confidence In- dex, which had increased in May, improved again in June. The index now stands at 85.2 (1985=100), up from 82.2 in May. The present Situation index increased to 85.1 from 80.3, while the Expecta- tions Index rose to 85.2 from 83.5 in May. Consumer healthcare sensor Market at $47.40B by 2020 The sensor market in Consumer Healthcare is ex- pected to reach $47.40 billion by 2020, growing at an estimated CagR of 5.56% from 2014–2020. The developments in sensing technologies can help to increase the trend of continuous patient monitoring, which can result in reduced healthcare costs and improved treatment outcomes. solar Makers seen to Boost Production Capacity Solar pV supply chains are starting to see demand in China wither, while demand in the united States and Japan remain stable, according to Energy- Trend. as such trends occur, solar supply chains are expected to increase production capacity in the second half of 2014. 44 SMT Magazine • August 2014

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