Global Pro AV Growth to Resume in 2021, According to AVIXA IOTA

The global pro AV industry reached a peak of $259 billion in 2019. Due to the global pandemic, the industry is expected to decline to $239 billion in 2020, according to the new 2020 AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA) produced by AVIXA. IOTA shows the industry recovering back its pre-COVID levels in 2022 before growing to $315 billion in 2025. This represents a 5.8 percent five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and will drive industry revenue $56 billion beyond its 2019 level.


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The 2020 IOTA explores the global trends within the pro AV industry, providing an overview of AVIXA’s current five-year forecasts of revenues for products and services along with the predominant trends driving these forecasts. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has broadly impacted the near and longer-term outlooks for economic growth and business activity. Those who have followed AVIXA’s previous forecasts will note the new estimates represent a significant downward revision,” said Sean Wargo, senior director of market intelligence, AVIXA. “Regions and industries are being impacted at different degrees and are on different timetables for recovery. For example, Asia-Pacific will weather 2020 better than others, because it was the first to be impacted by COVID-19 and the first to reopen its economies.”

[Read a summary of the 2019 IOTA Report from AVIXA]

APAC will have the strongest growth of all regions, with a 7.4 percent CAGR from 2020 through 2025—compared to 4.7 percent for the Americas and 4.5 percent for EMEA. In 2025, APAC pro AV revenue will amount to $126 billion, compared to $108 billion for the Americas and $81 billion for EMEA.

The corporate market continues to be the single largest application area for pro AV products and services, capturing $52 billion in revenues globally in 2020. While a much smaller revenue opportunity, at just $7.3 billion, the energy and utility business will generate much higher growth, with revenue rising at a CAGR of 10.4 percent from 2020 through 2025 thanks to investments in smart grid and sustainable energy sources. 

Conferencing and collaboration solutions, which form the crux of meeting spaces in corporate or other markets, remain the largest solution area—generating $38 billion globally in 2020. As employees return to work in a limited capacity, AVIXA analysts anticipate even more need for collaboration among on-premise and remote workers.  

The fastest-growing solution is security/surveillance/life safety, with an 11.4 percent CAGR. Government and military, education, and corporate are three industries that will generate the most demand for this solution area, due in part to pandemic response. City surveillance is also a significant market for security cameras. Typically, this requires significant storage and server systems to support the camera infrastructure.

Among product segments, streaming media, storage, and distribution (SMSD) is projected to be the single largest component of pro AV revenues, generating $68.5 billion in 2019. SMSD includes all the generic and specialty servers and storage used to manage AV content in the back end. Even more impressive than the size is the growth, which at 9.6 percent, is one of the highest of the categories. 

The IOTA report is produced by AVIXA in conjunction with Omdia (formerly IHS Markit), a global research firm with specialty across a number of underlying supply chain markets, many of which overlap with the principal components of the pro AV industry.

To learn more about the 2020 AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA), visit Regional IOTA reports for the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA will be released shortly.

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