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40 The PCB Magazine • November 2014 n e w s Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index Drops the Conference board Consumer Confidence in- dex®, which had increased in august, declined in september. the index now stands at 86.0 (1985=100), down from 93.4 in august. the Pres- ent situation index decreased to 89.4 from 93.9, while the expectations index dropped to 83.7 from 93.1 in august. Internet of Things Market to Reach $1423B by 2020 the value of internet of things market is expected to reach $1423.09 billion by 2020, at an estimat- ed CaGr of 4.08% from 2014–2020, whereas the internet of nano things (iont) market is forecast to be worth $9.69 billion by 2020. 3D Printing Market Forecast to Reach $8.6B by 2020 north america leads the 3d printing market with approximately 43.9% revenue share in 2013, fol- lowed closely by the european region. the domi- nance of the north american market is attributed to growth in the healthcare, consumer, aerospace, and automobile industries. Big Data Technology, Services to Reach $41.5B in 2018 international data Corporation (idC) forecasts that the big data technology and services market will grow at a 26.4% compound annual growth rate (CaGr) to $41.5 billion through 2018, or about six times the growth rate of the overall informa- tion technology market. Medtech Market to See Sales of $514B by 2020 "this is a year of change for the medical device market, particularly within the cardiology and or- thopaedic spaces, which have been dominated by megamergers," said ian strickland, report au- thor. "if the deal between Covidien and medtronic goes through, we could see a new market leader. in an industry forecast to be worth more than half a trillion dollars in 2020, that is no insignificant achievement." Personal & Domestic Robots Sales Continue to Soar sales of medical robots decreased slightly by 2% compared to 2012 to almost 1,300 units in 2013, accounting for a share of 6% of the total unit sales of professional service robots. the most important applications are robot assisted surgery and thera- py with more than 1,000 units sold in 2013, 2% less than in 2012. Medical Electronics Market to be Worth $56.5B by 2020 an increase in lifestyle diseases continuously pushes patients for medical monitoring to get their health status to avoid any health related contingencies; medical devices such as cardiac monitors and he- modynamic monitors are continuously gaining mar- ket share in the medical monitoring applications. Wearable Electronics Market at $11.61B by 2020 the global wearable electronics products market revenue is expected to grow roughly at a CaGr of 24.56% and cross $11.61 billion by the end of 2020, with steady sales of wristwear and footwear category, along with the emergence of the small market size for eyewear and bodywear category. Wearable Device Shipments to Quadruple by 2017 new findings from Juniper research have revealed that global smart wearable device shipments will more than quadruple by 2017, reaching 116 mil- lion units, compared to an estimated 27 million this year. however, this still suggests that less than 5% of smartphones will be used with such wear- ables by this time. u.S. Small Businesses Segment Continues Decline according to d&b's proprietary data, the small businesses segment continues to decline as seg- ments expected to ignite growth, flounder. "while overall business health across the country remains virtually unchanged, small businesses continue to experience inconsistent growth patterns," said Paul ballew, chief data & analytics officer. PCB007 Market News Highlights 40 The PCB Magazine • November 2014

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