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North American Machine Vision Market Exceeds Growth Expectations in 2013

AIA

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Total sales of machine vision components and systems grew over nine percent in 2013, more than double the initially forecasted growth according to new statistics issued by AIA, the industry’s trade group.

Total machine vision sales include sales of machine vision systems and components.  Last year’s surge in growth is largely due to an increase in sales of machine vision systems, which is comprised of application specific machine vision systems (ASMV) and smart cameras.  Machine vision systems grew 11% in 2013.

While sales of machine vision systems were up, sales of machine vision components remained flat in 2013.  Standout component categories in 2013 were imaging boards, optics, and lighting, all of which posted growth over 2012.

“It is great to see the machine vision market in North America grow in 2013 after experiencing a contraction in 2012,” said AIA President Jeff Burnstein.  “We hope to see continued growth in 2014 as the North American economy remains relatively strong.”

“Industry experts believe strongly that we will experience growth in component markets over the next six months” added Alex Shikany, AIA’s Director of Market Analysis.  “There isn’t as much optimism surrounding machine vision systems, however, with the majority of industry experts expecting sales to remain flat through the second quarter of 2014.”

In addition to its sales tracking report, AIA currently offers its 2013 Machine Vision Camera Market Study, which is available at a discounted rate to AIA members.  AIA also prepares studies on special topics, such as its upcoming market opportunity study on Life Sciences, which it makes available to all AIA members free of charge on Vision Online.

About AIA

Founded in 1984 to advance the understanding and use of imaging and vision technologies and to drive global expansion and growth through education and promotion, AIA now represents over 330 vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms from 32 countries. AIA is best known for The Vision Show (April 15-17, 2014 in Boston); vision and imaging standards such as GigE Vision®, Camera Link®, Camera Link HS™ and USB3 Vision™; the Automate Show (March 23-26, 2015 in Chicago); the annual AIA Business Conference; the Certified Vision Professional program; AIA Certified System Integrator program; and Vision Online (www.visiononline.org), the world’s leading online resource for vision information.  AIA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation.  For more information on AIA, visit www.VisionOnline.org or contact AIA Headquarters at (734) 994-6088.

About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, and Motion Control Association (MCA). RIA, AIA, and MCA combined represent 750 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward.

For more information, please visit our websites: A3 - www.A3automate.org; RIA - www.robotics.org; AIA - www.visiononline.org; MCA - www.motioncontrolonline.org.

Contact:
Bob Doyle
Director of Communications
(734) 994-6088

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