LATEST NEWS & EVENTS

Western European Q1 2017 PC Volume Sales Down but Shift to Higher-value Products Boosts Revenues

London, 15th May 2017 - Volume sales of PCs (desktops, notebooks, workstations) through Western Europe’s largest distributors continued to decline and fell -2.4% in Q1 2017 compared to the same period one year ago. Read More...

 

Global 3D-Printer Market on Track for 42% CAGR for Next 5 Years

London, Pittsburgh, 9th May 2017 – 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. Read More...

 

 

CONTEXT Wins a Place on The UK’s Best Workplaces™ Ranking

London, 4th May 2017 – CONTEXT, the European IT market research company, was named by Great Place to Work® as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ in the Medium category (organisations with 50-499 employees) in its annual Best Workplaces™ ranking announced at a gala dinner on 3rd May. Read More...

 

 

UPS Revenues Grow in Western Europe as Demand Grows for High Power Backup

London, 26th April 2017 - Combined revenues from uninterruptable power supply (UPS) products sold to enterprise customers through the distribution channel in Western Europe (WE) showed growth of +13.3% year-on-year in March 2017, according to data published by CONTEXT, the leading European IT market analysis company. Read More...

 

 

Shift towards multifunction hardware accelerates across Western Europe

London, 24th April 2017 - Unit sales of printer hardware across Western Europe (WE) increased by +2% year-on-year in Q1 2017, driven by positive performance of multifunction devices, according to data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market analysis company. Read More...

 

 

Ultra-large and interactive screens continue to drive European sales of large format displays

London, 20th April 2017 - Volume sales of large format displays through Western Europe’s largest distributors increased significantly in Q1 2017, rising by +29% year-on-year, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market analysis company. Read More...

 

 

Mini PCs remain the bright spot in a weak Western Europe Desktop PC market

London, 19th April 2017 - Volume sales of mini PCs (housed in a space-saving small case design) through Western Europe’s largest distributors continued to grow in Q1 2017 even though demand in the overall Desktop segment remained weak, according to data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market research company. Read More...

 

 

Top Industrial/Professional 3D printer makers lose share in 2016

London, 12th April 2017 - Worldwide shipments of 3D printers rose +32% in 2016 thanks to increased shipments of Personal/Desktop printers. Over the year, the number of Industrial/Professional printers shipped globally fell by -10% while sales of Personal/Desktop printers* increased by 34%. Stratasys and XYZprinting again led their respective segments in terms of global market share according to figures released today by CONTEXT, the IT market research company. Read More...

 

 

Commercial notebook sales grow amidst falling PC sales in early Q1 2017

London, 22nd March 2017 Volume sales of PCs (desktops, notebooks and workstations) through Western Europe's largest distributors continued to be affected by a soft consumer performance and weak business desktop sales in early Q1 2017 even though sales of commercial notebooks continued to grow, according to latest data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market research company.

CONTEXT Commercial Notebook Sales Grow Amidst Falling PC Sales in Early Q1 2017.pdf

 

Resin based 3D Printers gain traction in Professional/Industrial markets in 2016

LONDON, 20th March 2017 – The worldwide Industrial/Professional* segment of the 3D Printing market again struggled in 2016, seeing -10% fewer printers ship for the year compared to 2015 mostly due to the difficulties on the polymers side in making headway into production and away from just prototyping.

CONTEXT Resin Rise Press Release March 2017.pdf

 

Latin American Consumers Ready for Smart Home

Thursday 9th February 2017 — London, Miami, Sao Paolo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Santiago — Over three quarters of consumers surveyed in Latin America’s leading economies say they want to know more about Smart Home products, according to a survey announced today by CONTEXT, the IT market research company at the GTDC LatAm Conference in Miami, USA.

CONTEXT Latin American Consumers Ready For Smart Home February 2017.pdf


Consumer PC sales soft but commercial sales up at end of 2016

London, 26th January 2017 - The growth in volume sales of PCs (desktops, notebooks and workstations) across Western European distributors was affected by a soft consumer performance in the Q4 2016 holiday season, even though commercial sales continued to grow,according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market research company.

CONTEXT Consumer PC Sales Soft But Commercial Sales Up at End of January 2017.pdf 


Global Desktop 3D Printer Market Rises +27% in 2016

Las Vegas, London, 3rd January 2016 - Worldwide shipments of 3D Printers rose +25% year-todate(YTD) through the first three quarters of 2016 thanks again to shipments of low pricedPersonal/Desktop 3D Printers, according to figures released today by CONTEXT, the IT marketresearch company.

CONTEXT Global Desktop 3D Printer Market Rises +27% In January 2016.pdf 


Growth Slows in Metal 3D Printer Shipments in 1H’16

London, 15th November 2016 – Worldwide shipments of 3D Printing machines which produce metal parts were up +17% in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period one year ago despite the woes in the overall Industrial/Professional 3D Printer market, according to figures released today by IT Market research company CONTEXT.

CONTEXT Growth Slows in Metal 3D Printer Shipments in November 2016.pdf 


Desktop 3D Printers Drive Global Market Growth +14% in First Half of 2016

LONDON, 19th October 2016- Worldwide unit shipments of 3D Printers rose +14% in the first half of 2016 compared to a year ago, according to figures released today by CONTEXT, the IT market research company.

CONTEXT Q2 Total Market Findings Final October 2016.pdf


Powder Bed 3D Printing Solutions on the Rise

London, 8th September 2016- Powder Bed Fusion 3D printers accounted for 40% of the global revenues from Industrial/Professional* 3D Printer shipments in 1H’16, and are set to rise further, according to data released today by CONTEXT, the IT market research company.

CONTEXT Q2 Powder Bed Fusion On The Rise September 2016.pdf


Channel to Print Vendors: Make Labels Clearer to Halt Illegal Toner Trade

London, 1st August 2016 - European channel players believe print manufacturers could do “a lot more” to stop counterfeit toner cartridges flooding the market, primarily through clearer labelling, according to the latest ChannelWatch report from CONTEXT.

CONTEXT Channelwatch Print Consumables Final July 2016.pdf


Channel Gives Thumbs-Up to Dell-EMC Deal but has Mixed Feelings About HP Demerger

London, 7th July, 2016 - The channel in Western Europe was happy with the performance of its distributors over the past year, and of Dell’s recent move to buy EMC, but took a mixed view when it came to HP’s ongoing demerger, according to European IT research firm CONTEXT.

CONTEXT Channel Watch Umbrella July 2016.pdf


Global 3D Printer Market Up +9% in Q1’16 but industrial segment sees decline

London, 13th July 2016- Worldwide shipments of 3D Printers rose +9% in Q1’16 compared to a year ago, according to figures released today by CONTEXT, the IT market research company.

CONTEXT Q1 Total Market Findings Global 3D Printer July 2016.pdf


Virtual Reality awareness reaches tipping point, as UK consumers excited by entertainment, sport and education potential

London, 5th July 2016 - Virtual Reality is no longer the preserve of gamers. Research from CONTEXT, the leading European IT market analysis company, suggests that three in four UK consumers have heard of the technology.

CONTEXT Virtual Reality Survey Press Release July 2016.pdf 


Global 3D Printer Market Forecast to reach $17.8B by 2020

Drupa, Dusseldorf, 1st June 2016 - The Worldwide 3D Printer market (including Printers, Materials and Services) is set to reach $17.8B over the next five years, according to latest figures by CONTEXT, the global market research firm.

CONTEXT Global 3D Printer Forecast June 2016.pdf 


Tablet Sales Plummet in Western Europe as PC Buyers Go For Convertibles and 2-in-1s

London, 22nd February 2016 - The popularity of tablets in Western Europe has declined dramatically over the past year, with consumers increasingly focusing on alternatives like 2-in-1 detachables and convertible notebooks, according to market research firm CONTEXT.

Western Europe Distributor PC Sales Growth Improves in Q4 2015

London, 27th January 2016 - PC sales through Western Europe's top IT distributors improved in the final quarter of 2015 according to data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market analysis company.

CONTEXT Q4 Western Europe Distributor PC Sales Growth January 2016.pdf 


Global 3D Printer Market Up +35% in 2015 on the back of B2B Purchases of Personal/Desktop Printers

London, 4th January 2016 -Worldwide shipments of 3D Printers rose +35% year-to-date (YTD) through the first three quarters of 2015 on the back of shipments of low priced Personal/Desktop 3D Printers, according to figures released today by CONTEXT.

CONTEXT Global 3D Printer Market Shares January 2016.pdf


Western Europe Distributor PC Sales Growth Improves in Q4 2015

London, 27th January 2016 - PC sales through Western Europe's top IT distributors improved in the final quarter of 2015 according to data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market analysis company.

CONTEXT Q4 Western Europe Distributor PC Sales Growth January 2016.pdf


Global 3D Printer Market Up +35% in 2015 on the back of B2B Purchases of Personal/Desktop Printers

London, 4th January 2016 -Worldwide shipments of 3D Printers rose +35% year-to-date (YTD) through the first three quarters of 2015 on the back of shipments of low priced Personal/Desktop 3D Printers, according to figures released today by CONTEXT.

CONTEXT Global 3D Printer Market Shares January 2016.pdf


Digital Signage and Interactive Displays Drive 15% Unit Growth in EMEA Sales of Large-Format Displays in Q3 2015

London, 24th November 2015 - Vendor unit shipments of large-format displays (LFDs) across EMEA were up +15% in Q3 2015 compared to the same period last year as more digital signage solutions were installed and more interactive ultra-large displays were sold.

CONTEXT Digital Signage November 2015.pdf


Distribution sales of Laser MFPs increase by +12% year-on-year across Western Europe in early Q3 2015

London, 9th October 2015 - Unit sales of laser multi-function printers (MFPs) through Western Europe's IT distributors continue to grow (+12%) year-on-year in the first 10 weeks of Q3 2015, driven mainly by sales of colour MFPs, according to data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market analysis company.

CONTEXT Laser MFPs October 2015.pdf


Inkjet MFPs help push W European Distribution Printer sales
up in Q2 2015

London, 19th August 2015 - Printer Hardware unit sales by Western Europe's IT distributors continued to steady as sales increased by +1% year-on-year in Q2 2015, driven mainly by multi-function devices, according to data published by CONTEXT, the leading European IT market analysis company.

CONTEXT Inkjet MFPs Sales August 2015.pdf


Shining a light on Smart Home with new Smart Home Research Group

London, 28th July 2015 - For the first time, three of Europe's leading Smart Home Associations have come together under the common banner of the Smart Home Research Group, formed by the UK's Smart Home & Buildings Association ("SH&BA"), France's Fédération Française de Domotique ("FFD") and Germany's Smart Home Initiative Deutschland ("SHID").

CONTEXT Smart Home Research Group July 2015.pdf


Global Desktop 3D Printer Shipments more than double in Q1 2015

London, 27th July 2015 - Global shipments of Personal/Desktop 3D Printers, priced under $5,000, rose by 24% in Q1 2015, resulting in a 114% year-on-year increase as more brands enter the market, global channels expand and successfully crowd funded efforts ship, according to data soon to be published by CONTEXT, the IT market analysis company.

CONTEXT Global Desktop 3D Printer Shipments More Than Double in Q1 2015.pdf


 

 

CONTEXT RESEARCH UPDATES

CONTEXT Research Updates are drawn from a full suite of analysis tools covering the whole IT supply chain supported by our range of data services which include CONTEXT SalesWatch Shipments (quarterly vendor sell-in), CONTEXT SalesWatch Distribution (weekly distributor sell-through including data from Global Technology Distribution Council (www.gtdc.org) members across Europe), CONTEXT MarketWatch (monthly reseller, retailer, etailer sell-out) and CONTEXT PriceWatch (List, Trade, Street and Promotion pricing).

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3D Printing

Global 3D-Printer Market on Track for 42% CAGR for Naext 5 Years

9th May 2017

 

Enterprise

UPS Revenues Grow in WE as Demand Grows for High Power Backup

25th April 2017

 

Displays

Ultra-large and interactive screens continue to drive European sales of large format displays

20th April 2017

 

Imaging

Shift towards multifunction hardware accelerates across Western Europe

24th April 2017

 

PCs

W European Q1 2017 PC Volume Sales Down but Shift to Higher-value Products Boosts Revenues

09th May 2017

 

 

 

 


CONTEXT EVENTS

CONTEXT IT Channel Briefing

The CONTEXT IT Channel Briefing takes place every three months and provides our customers with a review of market performances, highlighting key trends and market developments across 14 major European countries.


CONTEXT Partner Conferences

CONTEXT has developed a series of client events and workshops in collaboration with leading organisations such as DISTREE for distribution and others for Retail in CONTEXT, including Melco, Spain, and Business in CONTEXT.   If you would like further information, please contact marketing@contextworld.com


CONTEXT Channel Conferences

Over the course of the year, we partner with a number of industry organisations to host a number of conferences relevant to channel communities across Europe.  CONTEXT  hosted a successful workshop in collaboration with Channel Partner in October 2014 in Madrid, attended by over 100 vendors and distributors in Spain.   


Industry Events

CONTEXT attends a number of key industry events each year and has hosted a series of workshops dedicated to our market.  We recently hosted the successful Smart Channels Summit: "Smart Channels: retailing Connected Devices, Wearables and Internet of Things (IoT)", which was held at DISTREE Monaco inFebruary 2015.  Please check for future events or contact a member of the team at: marketing@contextworld.com

 

 

CONTEXT IT CHANNEL BRIEFING Q1 2017

The CONTEXT IT Channel Briefing Q1 2017 will take place on 27 April 2017. It will be based on insight gained from CONTEXT’s Value Chain Analytics suite of services, including the CONTEXT European Distribution Panel (the largest of its type), sell-in shipments tracking, and data from our retail and corporate reseller Panels.

 

What will be covered?

// CONTEXT Senior Analysts will assess the main drivers of Q1 performance, in terms of business impact on the overall ICT sector, and the respective performances in key sectors: Personal Systems, Displays, Imaging and Enterprise, as well as offering guidance for the months ahead.

 

For more information

For further details on the CONTEXT IT Channel Briefing Q1 2017 or to register your interest to attend the briefing, please contact a member of the marketing team, Theo Gibbons at tgibbons@contextworld.com.

 

 

CONTEXT CHANNEL CONFERENCES

Over 100 senior professionals in the world's leading channel and vendor organisations, joined CONTEXT and Channel Partner to host a one day event held in Madrid.  The forum discussed opportunities and business trends in light of the current economic client in Spain. 

 

Delegates also heard from top vendors Canon, LG, Intel, Samsung and Toshiba who demonstrated the key elements on the road to recovery.  CONTEXT shared the results of the CONTEXT ChannelWatch 2014 survey; which at 1309 is the largest sample in the world of it's type.

 

CONTEXT ChannelWatch is an annual survey for resellers from CONTEXT, providing the most detailed insight into reseller behaviour, opinions and attitudes ever produced across EMEA.

 

 

CONTEXT Q1 Industry events

 

9th Feb: Doral Miami

Howard Davies, CONTEXT co-founder and CEO
"Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative: the smart home is coming" 

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9th Feb: Milan

Isabel Aranda, CONTEXT Country Manager for Italy, launched the latest ChannelWatch survey and joined a panel of judges to assess 'speed pitches' delivered on the day.

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14th Feb: Madrid

Elena Montanes, Spain & Portugal Country Manager for CONTEXT
“Realidad Virtual: Conocimiento, interés y motivaciones de los consumidores en Europa y en España”
 

 Find out more 

 

 

 

21st - 24th Feb: Monaco

Dr Chris Petersen, retail expert and strategic partner of CONTEXT
"The opportunities for consumer technology distributors in an omnichannel world"
10.05 - 10.35am on Thursday 23rd Feb

Adam Simon, Global Managing Director
“A deep dive into VR, PC Gaming and Smart Home”
14.10 - 15.00 on Wednesday 22nd Feb  

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8th - 9th Mar: Paris

Stephanie Algre, CONTEXT country manager for France, will discuss the results from the latest VR consumer survey.

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29th - 30th Mar: Berlin

Adam Simon, Global Managing Director, will explore what makes tech retail attractive to investors.

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If you are interested in receiving information related to any of these events, please contact Theo Gibbons: tgibbons@contextworld.com

 

 

CONTEXT ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING 3D PRINTING MARKET BRIEFING Q1 2017

The next quarterly CONTEXT Additive Manufacturing 3D Printing Market Briefing Q1 2017 will take place on Tuesday 25 April 2017 and will offer an overview of the Global 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing market for the entire industry as well as drill-down separately into the Industrial/Professional market and the Desktop/Personal market.

 

What will be covered?

// Chris Connery, VP for Global Analysis at CONTEXT, will be examining the latest quarterly data on worldwide 3D Printer shipments by industry and vendor ranking as well as forecasting market growth for both the Desktop/Personal 3D Printer space and the Industrial/Professional space.

Topics covered:

// Total global market executive summary and overview

// Industrial/Professional printer market Q4’16 and 2016 Review and Analysis

// Personal/Desktop printer market Q4’16 and 2016 Review and Analysis

// Q&A

 

For more information

For further details on the CONTEXT AM3D Printing Market Briefing Q1 2017 or to register your interest to attend the briefing, please contact a member of the marketing team, Theo Gibbons at tgibbons@contextworld.com.