The global LED videowall market achieved revenues of $5.7 billion last year, with year-on-year double digit growth expected out to 2023, according to a new worldwide industry report from Futuresource Consulting. As the U.S.-China trade war intensifies and political indications suggest a continuing period of punitive tariffs, Chinese companies are exploring ways to accelerate their expansion into Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.Speaking at the recent Macroblock LED Display Conference in Shenzhen, China, Hope Lee, senior market analyst at Futuresource Consulting summarised global LED display trends and presented on the shifting market landscape.“Upwards of 500 companies in China have R&D and manufacturing capabilities for LED video wall,” said Lee. “With all this competition, the sector is going into overdrive and vendors are not only considering new international markets, but also placing renewed focus on durability, reduced power consumption and innovation.“Narrow pixel pitch (NPP) remains a key battleground, with companies migrating more of their products to sub-2.5mm. With stiffer competition, vendors are now focusing on quality as a differentiating factor and our forecasts show that by 2021, NPP will have overtaken LCD video wall in annual revenue terms.”As international expansion becomes a core business objective for many China-based companies, understanding of local markets is a fundamental requirement. From business culture to channel dynamics and vertical demand, there are many elements to consider for success, beyond securing a local physical presence.In addition to geographic expansion, many Chinese companies are also focusing on acquisition and business model flexibility, completing a three-pronged strategic assault that is likely to yield strong financial growth.See related Apple Moves to Secure Greater Slice of the Smart Speaker Pie“As the industry matures, flexibility and versatility are crucial for success, and singular project-based business models will start considering repeat business and run-rate focused activities,” comments Lee. “Vendors with rental specialism are starting to look at opportunities in the fixed installations space. Conversely, companies that have the fixed installation strength are expanding their rental business. It’s all about shaping the landscape to ensure the most viable long-term solution is delivered to the customer.”Despite wider display industry turmoil, Futuresource says that the LED market will remain resilient over the long term, continuing to outpace growth in LCD and projection, and on track to achieve global revenues of $11.7 billion by 2023, according to Futuresource forecasts.Futuresource is here.
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Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, January 15, 2019. Peter Dejong/Pool via AP Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, January 15, 2019. Peter Dejong/Pool via APIvory Coast’s top court on Monday cleared the path for President Alassane Ouattara to seek a contentious third term, as protests turned violent in several cities and fears grew of a repeat of the conflict that claimed 3,000 lives in the West African country a decade ago.The constitutional council also barred former president Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader turned prime minister Guillaume Soro from standing in next month’s presidential election.It cleared only four of the 44 candidates for the October 31 presidential election.The other candidates cleared were former President Henri Konan Bédié from the historically dominant PDCI party, Gbagbo’s former prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan, and Kouadio Konan Bertin, a dissident from Bédié’s party.Gbagbo’s refusal to concede defeat to Ouattara after the 2010 election sparked the bloody conflict in the former French colony, formerly a beacon of stability and prosperity in the region.Around 15 people have died in violence since Ouattara, 78, announced last month that he would run for a third term.Although the constitution limits presidents to two terms, Ouattara and his supporters argue that a 2016 constitutional tweak reset the clock.The president had previously committed to not running again, but he changed his mind after the sudden death of his anointed successor, prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, from a heart attack in July.Related President Kabila promises peaceful elections Cote d’Ivoire rejects election bids of ex-president Gbagbo, ex-rebel leader Soro Ex-Chadian president forcefully arraigned in Senegalese court
See also:Rennes want to keep Chelsea youngster BogaSwansea pair doubtful for Chelsea gameBlues youngsters to play as Terry and others are ruled outSwansea v Chelsea: five key battlesChelsea beat Man City to retain FA Youth Cup Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Holders Chelsea saw off Blackburn to reach the final of the FA Youth Cup for the fifth consecutive season.Dujon Sterling, Jacob Maddox and Tammy Abraham (pictured) scored as the Blues stormed to a 3-1 second-leg victory at Stamford Bridge, winning the semi-final 4-1 on aggregate. The tie was as good as over by half-time after the hosts scored three times in a one-sided first half. Lewis Mansell netted for Rovers in the second half.AdChoices广告Sterling fired in the opener after being set up by Mukhtar Ali, and two goals in four minutes then put Chelsea firmly in control.Maddox rounded the keeper to score after being put through by Sterling, before Mason Mount laid on the third for striker Abraham.Mansell reduced the deficit with a header but there was no way back for Blackburn.Chelsea will now face Manchester City over two legs in a repeat of last season’s final. They will be away in the first leg.
Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever London: Gareth Southgate is set to bring Raheem Sterling back from his brief England exile in Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo as he seeks to end the controversy over the Manchester City star’s row with Joe Gomez. Sterling was dropped for Thursday’s 7-0 rout of Montenegro after clashing with England team-mate Gomez in the Three Lions’ training base canteen. It is believed Sterling was unhappy with Gomez following an altercation with the Liverpool defender during City’s Premier League defeat at Anfield last weekend. Although Sterling was left out of the Montenegro game as punishment for his attack on Gomez, Southgate has confirmed the winger will return for England’s final Group A fixture. Sterling and Gomez, left with a scratch under his eye after the incident, are said to have patched up their relationship, but the centre-back was jeered by England fans at Wembley when he came on as a substitute against Montenegro. Both Southgate and Sterling expressed their support for Gomez and criticised the booing supporters, with the England manager reportedly comforting the shocked 22-year-old and his family after the match. Now Southgate could include Gomez against Kosovo in a show of support for the Liverpool player. With England already guaranteed to qualify for Euro 2020 in first place in their group, Southgate already planned to make changes, although he is keen to ensure England finish with a win as they eye a top-six seeding in next year’s tournament. “We will make some changes, for sure, but the seeding in the group could be critical and we know it’s a big night for the Kosovans,” Southgate said. “It’s a shame for them that they’re now out of this part of the qualification, although they’ve still got the play-offs in which I think they’ll be a huge threat in that format. “So, it will be a good test for us because it will still be a lively environment. “The enthusiasm for the game is high and we want to finish the group with as many points as we can.” Got to be better Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson could return following a one-match ban, while Southgate has to decide whether to keep faith with Ben Chilwell ahead of Danny Rose at left-back. Harry Kane may have scored a hat-trick against Montenegro but it was Leicester’s Chilwell who was named England’s man of the match following a fine display in which he provided three assists in the opening 24 minutes. “Ben, I liked the hunger in his game, the enthusiasm to get forward,” Southgate said. “The whole team pressed well but he also pressed well from that full-back position, got into overlaps, his quality of delivery was excellent.” Although England have cruised through their qualifying group, Southgate believes the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists still have room for improvement as they chase a first major title since 1966. “There were a couple of chances we conceded that just shouldn’t happen, so that’s still part of our game that we’ve got to improve upon,” he said. “If we are to be a team that are going to challenge seriously, although we’re young, we’ve got to manage games well. “We’ve got to make sure that, although we’re such a fantastic attacking threat, the rest of the team is right as well. There are things we’ve got to be better at.” Live on tv Serbia v Ukraine: Sony Ten 1 & 1 HD, 19:30 Kosovo v England: Sony Ten 2 & 2 HD, 22:30 Albania v France: Sony Ten 2 & 2 HD, 00:15 (Mon)