2/27/2004 - In a recent study, Venture Development Corporation totaled aftermarket consumption of computer accessories at over $3 billion in 2003. VDC's five-year forecast shows this market reaching $4.2 billion by 2006, an average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6%.
In mid-2003, for the first time, the dollar value of laptop sales passed that of desktop computer sales, and it appears this sea change in the market is permanent. Indeed, analysis suggests that global notebook sales have been rising in the 12-14 percent range for several years while desktop PC sales have either leveled off or slowed to single digits.
Consumers desire for web and email access through their PDAs and cell phones has made them indispensable, creating a need for accessories to make transporting them easier. Remote workers reliance on laptops, tablet PCs and PDAs has increased demand for carrying cases, cables, and security devices. Other devices including wearable computing products and hand held devices that require belts, bands, cases, and docking stations will also impact sales.
Clearly, the drive toward mobility is the predominant factor effecting computer accessory sales. This has generated offers tremendous opportunities for computer accessories suppliers to provide products for these devices, not only to work with the particular device, but also to integrate them into a complement of other devices.
Founded in 1971, VDC is a technology market research and consulting firm that specializes in industrial and commercial electronics, computing, communications, software and power systems markets.
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