Trends toward both specialization and diversification are keeping manufacturers of automated teller machines busier than ever before, a survey by Mentis Corp. indicates.

The Durham, N.C., research firm found that the ATM industry continued last year to defy repeated predictions of a slowdown, increasing machine shipments by 37%, to 33,654. Total U.S. installations of ATMs and cash dispensers grew by 17%, to 132,358.

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