The number of newly manufactured automated teller machines and cash dispensers shipped to U.S. customers rose sharply last year, after several years of relatively lackluster sales in which industry executives worried about market saturation.

The Nilson Report’s annual survey said that U.S. ATM shipments last year rose 21.4% from a year earlier, to 60,835. More than 87% of the units shipped were limited-function cash dispensers, which have outsold full-service ATMs for the last six years, the card industry newsletter reported. This may signal that there is still a good deal of life left in the off-premises market.

Cash dispenser shipments rose 27%, to 53,059, according to The Nilson Report, which is headquartered in Oxnard, Calif. ATM shipments dropped by 6%, to 7,776, the newsletter said.

Last year’s worldwide numbers were also encouraging for ATM makers: Shipments rose 14.3%, to 207,357 units, with the U.S. growth still the strongest.

By the newsletter’s calculation, NCR Corp. of Dayton, Ohio, continued its reign as the world’s biggest ATM maker, shipping 50,322 units last year, 14% more than the year earlier. Diebold Inc. of Canton again placed second, but its shipments rose 37%, to 48,865.

NCR and Diebold are the two major companies that specialize in the type of full-service machines favored by banks. A third company that sells these terminals, Wincor-Nixdorf of Germany, placed third, with 17,345 machines shipped, 5% more than in 1999.

Two U.S. companies that specialize in making cash dispensers — Triton Systems of Long Beach, Miss. (a subsidiary of Dover Corp. of New York), and Tidel Technologies Inc. of Houston — took the fourth and fifth spots in The Nilson Report’s worldwide survey.

In the U.S. rankings, Diebold and Tidel came in ahead of NCR. According to the newsletter, Diebold shipped 13,634 machines in the United States last year, 4% more than in 1999. Tidel came in second, with 12,723 units shipped, a 56% increase, and NCR came in third, with 10,400, up 13%.

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