Major Growth Markets in the Touch Screen Industry
The touch screen industry today is worth a fortune and market watchers expect it to continue to rise to an astonishing $110 billion by 2025. Touch screens already seem ubiquitous, but as they show up in more and more of our devices, consumers don’t just grow more accustomed to them, they expect them everywhere. There remains a lot of room for growth for touch screen applications, including areas where they already have significant penetration.
Retail and Hospitality
Retail and hospitality are already seeing major growth for touch screens, with many applications for touchscreen technology like self-serve kiosks, touch screen Point of Sales terminals, debit/credit machines, table-top digital menus, and more changing both retail and hospitality. Retail and hospitality touch screens are only just becoming widespread as the biggest retail players introduce new applications into their flagship stores. Within a few years, it will spread to reach ubiquity.
Digital signage is another area where touch screens are reshaping the retail and advertising landscape. More interactive ads in malls and stores demand high quality touch screens that are water-proof and damage-resistant.
Automotive touch screen units topped 50 million shipments in 2017. Infotainment and navigation systems display more and more content and control more functions in automobiles. As these demands increase, so too will the prevalence of capacitive touch screens in cars.
Capacitive touch screens aren’t just appearing in cars, phones, and on streets, they’re also proliferating in consumers’ homes. As the smart appliance industry grows, so grows demand for PCAP touch screens. While it’s been an uphill battle for smart appliances to catch on, it looks like their expansion into everyday technology may be arriving. By 2020, the smart appliance market is set to be worth over $37 billion, with fridges, stoves, dish washers, laundry machines, climate control, and home entertainment systems using more touch screens.
Shipping, transportation, and warehousing only continue to grow and supply chain is one of the leading users of resistive touch screens. Industrial PDAs and barcode scanners keep supply chains connected and real-time data at managers’ fingertips. New touch screen technology like the ULTRA resistive touch screen, designed by A D Metro, is pushing touch screens into sectors where conditions were previously too harsh for touch screens, such as extreme temperature environments and impact-prone activities.
If you’re a manufacturer or systems integrators of applications that use touch screens, it may be time to change your touch screen supplier. Keeping up with explosive demand for touch screens means you need capacitive touch screens that can be adapted to your application in less time and delivered to market sooner. The capacitive touch screens built by A D Metro, a touch screen supplier since 1993, come with a unique common controller. That means they can be adapted to applications of any size without incurring one-time design costs. If your touch screen supplier isn’t pioneering technology to deliver better touch screens to market in less time, it’s probably time to switch.