The IFA opening press conference included the German Association for Entertainment and Communications Electronics (gfu)'s Dr. Rainer Hecker who reminded the audience that while the CE market in 2012 has been influenced by finance and debt crisis it is a $1,100 billion industry and the U.S. market grew at 2%. He also explained how despite online retail, brick and mortar dealers have an opportunity to demonstrate full solutions and enter multiple areas of the consumer's home.
Several key global growth figures include: TV sets at 232 million units (2.8% growth), smart TVs at 89 million units (48%), 3DTVs at 43 million units (117%), TV sets of 50-inches or more at 15 million units (25%), tablet PCs at 106 million units (68%), and smartphones at 700 million units (62%).
Product trends to watch are tablets, smartphones, and connected smart TVs, HDTVs, 3DTVs, 4K and OLED. When asked, Dr. Hecker believes it will still be 2 to 3 years until glasses-less 3DTV will be available for product offers.