Global Computer Hardware Industry – Growth of Different Segments

The impact of global recession on the computer hardware companies is left behind and they are back on the progress track. It seems that the forecasts that were made before recession are going to turn true. Different segments of the computer hardware industry are growing with improvement in their design and functionality and rise in their demand.

Not only the big hardware manufacturers, but the small and medium sized enterprises too are making big contributions towards the industry growth at a global level. Below you can find few sections that analyze the growth of computer hardware industry segments in different countries.

Before that, here is a list of the main segments of the computer hardware industry:

• Finished goods like computers and laptops.
• Networking hardware consisting of routers, modems, network cards, network adapters, hubs and switches and other components.
• Storage hardware ranging from the hard disks to the USB storage devices.
• Input and output peripherals like keyboard, mouse, scanners, video cards, speakers, headphones, game controllers and so on.
• System hardware consisting of motherboards, UPS, monitors and other components.

Personal Computer Market
In 2008, the global PC market generated the revenue of $203.7 billion that represented the compound annual growth rate of 8 percent from 2004 to 2008. The PC market in China had total worth of $21.8 billion in 2008 representing the total compound annual growth rate of over 14 percent. The United States PC market generated $50.6 billion in 2008 showing 3.8 percent compound annual growth rate.

An impressive growth of 42 percent was shown by the PC sales between October and December 2009 in the Indian market. The 52 percent of the desktops sold were contributed by the multinational computer companies and 13 percent by the Indian hardware manufacturers. The remaining 35 percent consisted of assembled desktops.

Growth of Other Segments
From October to December 2009, the Indian hardware market witnessed the 70 percent growth of laser printers. The dot matrix printers grew by 13 percent while the inkjet printers grew by 17 percent over the same period in India. The UPS market too recorded the growth rate of 28 percent during the period.

In Chin, the total revenue generated from the networking hardware was $4.8 billion in 2008. For the same year, the network hardware growth in the United States was $23 billion. The total revenue for the global network hardware market in 2008 was $112.8 billion. Also, the global storage hardware and peripheral market recorded the revenue of $160.3 billion in 2008.

The Future Trends
Going by the latest growth rate, the global hardware market is expected to attain the worth of $537.3 billion by 2012. The computer hardware manufacturers have started following the concept of green computer hardware manufacturing and this is further going to add to the profits of the computer hardware companies.

The small and medium sized hardware manufacturers from the developing countries like India have a great future in the computer hardware components. They along with the major players are going to take the computer hardware industry to a new level in the nearby future.