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Worldwide Tape Market Analysis for 4Q13

Backup tape cartridge sales amounted to $141.12 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

LTO accounted for 95.2% of total with sales of $134.33 million.

The media market is expected to grow to $146.73 million in the next quarter.

Total LTO sales were slightly down at 4.9 million units in Q4. LTO-6 continued its ramp in the quarter accounting for 14% of units and 32% of dollars. LTO-5 was moderately down in the quarter. It accounted for 37% of unit sales and 31% of dollars. LTO-4 was down. It represented 35% of units and 26% of dollars. LTO-3 sales declined -17%. They accounted for 12% of volume and 9% of dollars. LTO-1 was down -24% and LTO-2 was off -17%. Combined, they accounted for 2% of units and 2% of dollars. HP led the LTO market with a 32% share. Fuji was the second largest supplier and IBM was third. Q1 LTO sales are expected to be moderately up. They will be supported by growth of LTO-6 and relatively steady volumes of LTO-5.

The DDS/DAT cartridge volume was off -18% to .33 million units in Q4. DAT-72 accounted for 41% of unit sales and 41% of the value of the segment. DAT-160 accounted for 37% of the value of the segment and DAT-320 sold 4%. HP led the DDS/DAT market with a 73% share. Segment dollar sales amounted to $4.63 million.

DLT-S cartridge sales amounted to .02 million units. HP led the segment. It was followed by Quantum and Maxell. DLT-S dollar sales are expected to be off to $0.90 million in Q1.

DLT-V sales were off at .01 million units. Their value was $0.22 million. DLT-VS1 cartridges accounted for 72% of units. Quantum led the segment with a 44% share. HP was second at 28%. Sales of DLT-V are expected to be lower in Q1.

AIT media supports its respective installed bases of drives. Total AIT cartridge volume in the quarter amounted to .01 million units. Sony was the sole supplier of the product.

Shipments of QIC cartridges in the quarter totaled .01 million units. Their value was $.45 million. Imation dominated the segment with a market share of 97%.

The 8mm metal particle cartridge amounted to .0003 million units worth $0.002 million. Sony led the segment with an 87% market share.

Tandberg Data supplied 8mm metal evaporated cartridges for its VXA and Mammoth drives. Sales were .0003 million units in the quarter.

 

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