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Global 3D-printer market on track for 42% CAGR for next 5 years

Worldwide 3D-printer shipments are set to rise 39% in 2017 and show a 42% CAGR over the next five years according to the latest figures from CONTEXT, the global-market research firm. These latest stats were release at this year’s RAPID + TCT event. "Demand for personal/desktop printers continues to increase in the professional, educational and hobbyist markets and now, more and more, also from the low-end professional prototyping market." Revenues from all printer shipments are forecast to show a five-year CAGR of 33% from 2016 to 2021 with industrial/professional printers continuing to drive market revenues (accounting for over 80% of global revenues) while personal/desktop printers drive unit volumes.

After not meeting forecast values in the last two years – and actually seeing two consecutive years of negative growth – the industrial/professional 3D-printer market looks set to rebound in 2017 and see 16% growth. There were strong shipments of stereolithography systems at the end of 2016 and this trend is continuing into 2017. This is exemplified by the increasing sales from companies such as EnvisionTEC in the dental sector, and the announcement by Carbon that their technology is to be used in the production of a new line of Adidas running shoes. Industry stalwarts like 3D Systems continue to champion the use of polymer systems in light production and their Figure-4 technology looks as if it will push further into the market in 2017. With continued strong demand in the aerospace, medical and automotive markets, metal 3D-printer makers GE Additive, EOS, SLM Solutions and others are on track to continue to build upon the momentum of 2016's 18% rise in metal 3D-printer shipments.

Personal/desktop printers have yet to catch on with general consumers, but commercial and education users – as well as hobbyists – continue to drive this market which is still outpacing expectations, rising 32% from 2015 to 2016. As low-end-professional extrusion printers shift into this category, there is additional demand from the prototyping market. Unit volumes continue to be dominated by plastic material-extrusion printers and this technology is set to continue to lead for the next five years.

New vendors for Azlan and Portland

Benelux: the Dutch office infrastructure VAD Azlan has added Lakeside's end-user analytics platform SysTrack to its portfolio1. Its competitor Portland has been chosen by IT documentation platform editor IT Glue Software as an official distributor for its products in the Benelux2. Portland will push its products through its offices in Belgium and the Netherlands. Finally, a Blue Coat historical distributor, security VAD Westcon Security has officially expanded its portfolio to the full Symantec Enterprise Security offer (source: ChannelConnect Nederland 1 and 2).

Two new brands for Bulwark Technologies

Middle East: security VAD Bulwark Technologies has showcased on Gisec event a bunch of vendors, including newly signed iStorage (secure storage) and Radware (network infrastructure) (source: Enterprise Channel Middle East).

A subsidiary for Westnet, and more webcams for Divitec

Greece: broadliner Westnet has opened its first subsidiary in Cyprus1. Westnet Cyprus, with a local warehouse served weekly from Greece, will push all the brands ot the distributor on the local market. It is managed by Nikos Tsahouras. Meanwhile, consumer electronics specialist Divitec has expanded its partnership with Chinese vendor XiaoYi to include its dash cameras and home video-security products, under YI Technology brand2 (source: Biztech Hellas 1 and 2).

eD’system expands its portfolio

Czechia: broadliner eD'system has unveiled new distribution deals with Energizer and Toshiba (both for flash medias)1 as well as Minix (mini PCs and related accessories)2 (source: ChannelWorld Česko 1 and 2).

Recent additions

Our directory is updated daily through information sent by vendors and distributors. Here are the latest updates :
Exertis Corepixel AB -  Sweden - Specialist
3D Storm -  France - VAD
AMI Marketing (Pty) Ltd t/a Learning Curve -  South Africa - Specialist
AQM World FZCO -  United Arab Emirates - Specialist
Rare Distribution -  United Arab Emirates - Specialist
Aitek France -  France - Broadliner
Ebertlang Swiss AG -  Switzerland - Specialist
ITANCIA USA Inc. -  United States - Specialist
360Mobile SL -  Spain - Specialist
Smartycom GmbH -  Switzerland - Specialist

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