In Q3’21, the Workstation Market Blows Past Previous Record Levels
The workstation market’s record levels — set in Q1 and essentially sustained in Q2 — now seem like a distant memory, as the third quarter obliterated both. All told, the industry moved past the 2M unit level for the first time, resulting in year-over-year (YoY) and sequential gains of 75.6% and 27.9%, respectively. (Though bear in mind, the reference YoY quarter of Q3’20 marked the low point in the pandemic-fueled market downturn.)
But beyond the bullish top-line numbers, the Q3 story lies in the breadth of market strength. Mobile workstations have been the preferred professional form factor to handle the turbulent and unpredictable working environment of the pandemic. Eventually, though, a return to the office and normalcy would presumably spur the relatively stagnant fixed side of the market, as overdue deskside outfitting and machine replacements would pick up.
A return to offices is assuredly underway, albeit at varying paces and with starts and stops (e.g. thanks to the Delta surge in the US and worldwide). As described by PR Senior Analyst and JPR Workstation Report author Alex Herrera, “In a way, this longer, gradual and stuttered transition ¬ — combining both a partial return to normalcy while requiring support for a longer than expected remote work environment — appeared to provide two-pronged stimulus responsible for across the board market growth. Both fixed and mobile workstations were up dramatically in the quarter.”