Sales of machine vision components and systems in North America rose substantially in third quarter 2010. Overall, year-over-year growth hit 68%, up from second quarter 2010 at 60% and first quarter 2010 at 34%, according to the latest sales tracking report of the Automated Imaging Association (AIA).
The report, Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report, showed that sales were robust in all major machine vision supplier markets, including cameras, lighting, optics, imaging boards, software, application-specific machine vision systems and smart cameras.
The report also disclosed that 68% of companies submitting data expect sales to improve in the next six reported months; that is, 4th quarter 2010 through 1st quarter 2011. Of the remaining companies, 28% anticipate sales at or near the level reached in the third quarter, and just 4% believe that sales will decrease.
Noted Paul Kellett, AIA’s Director of Market Analysis, ”Based on industry expectations, we expect the recovery to continue at least another six months.”
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