Electronics and Components in Global Imaging Markets

Published - Mar 2008| Analyst - Kaustubha Parkhi| Code - IAS025A
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Report Highlights

  • The global market for imaging components was worth $40.4 billion in 2007. It should reach $58.7 billion by 2012, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8%.
  • Printing inks, imaging sensors and imaging memory will constitute the top three markets in terms of size from 2007 to 2012.
  • The market for imaging components used in industrial, scientific and defense applications will grow from $7.1 billion in 2007 to $12.5 billion in 2012, for a CAGR of 11.8%.


Although imaging is one of the oldest industries, the dynamics of the industry and technology involved are rapidly evolving. More specifically, the following trends are driving the imaging industry:


  • Advances in medical diagnostic and therapeutic methodologies
  • Overwhelming drive in the wireless telephony end-user equipment toward aiding mobility, miniaturization, and integration of rich multimedia capabilities
  • Increasing acceptance of high-definition television (HDTV) in the consumer electronics space
  • Steady growth in worldwide penetration of computing technologies for personal and enterprise usage
  • Ongoing investments in defense- and security-related infrastructure by countries worldwide
  • Global research and development (R&D) activity spanning across disciplines


There is no single methodology for imaging processes; it differs vastly from application to application. This study identifies the common threads that bind these methodologies. These threads form a coarse template or framework of imaging processes. Having identified these threads, the report then places the various imaging components in their positions in this framework.


This report contains:

  • Descriptions of various types of imaging components for the image capture, image analysis and image display stages, and for medical, mass consumption and industrial-scientific defense groups.
  • The current global market status for imaging components, with trends and forecasts for growth over the next 5 years
  • Technological issues including the latest trends and a thorough patent analysis
  • Regional growth trends of end-user equipment
  • Profiles of major industry players.


First, BCC Research recognizes that each of the components discussed in the report has different market dynamics. Second, imaging is only one of the many applications that most of these components are employed in. For these reasons, the quantitative analysis of individual imaging components is independent of each other. The imaging market size derivation and forecast is based on the following parameters:

  • Industry consortia
  • Company financial details (Form 10-K, annual reports)
  • Industry insights in form of published opinions
  • Industry sources


  • The overall market size for individual components.
  • Proportion/share of end-user equipment with imaging applications using these components.
  • Regional growth trends of the end-user equipment.
  • Segmentation of end-user equipment by application

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