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Global hardcopy peripherals shipments climbed in Q3

Posted: 09 Dec 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IDC? hardcopy peripheral? inkjet? printer? Epson?

According to the International Data Corp. (IDC), global hardcopy peripherals (HCP) shipment value rose 3.5 per cent YoY to $14.9 billion in 3Q14 while unit shipments dropped 2.3 per cent YoY to 27.5 million units during the same period.

The market research firm revealed that Western Europe, one of the biggest regions in terms of HCP shipments, enjoyed its sixth consecutive quarter of YoY growth. The main driver for growth in the region was colour MFP products. Inkjet markets continued to show YoY increases but demand in consumer markets weakened, while the growth patterns for business inkjets were again strong.

In addition, two of the top five vendors (Epson and Samsung) enjoyed positive YoY growth. Most of Epson's growth came from developing regions, while Samsung extended its gains into developed regions like the United States and Western Europe. Ricoh continued to gain momentum in the laser space, recording continuous YoY growth in unit shipments since 1Q10.

Inkjet still makes up the majority of the market, but the best market growth is in laser. Colour laser shipments grew 4.6 per cent in 3Q14 to nearly two million units.

Inkjet vs. laser

Inkjet vs. laser

The single function printer market declined 6.2 per cent YoY in Q3, while multifunction peripheral (MFP) shipments had flat growth. However, MFPs had a strong performance in all colour laser speed ranges, especially in 31-44ppm, growing 19.2 per cent YoY.

Printer vs. MFP

Printer vs. MFP

Colour increased one per cent from a year ago to 19.3 per cent share versus its monochrome counterparts, which lost one point to account for 80.7 per cent share in 3Q14. Colour's YoY growth was 4.6 per cent while mono laser fell 2.2 per cent. The strongest colour speed segment was the 1-10ppm (23.1 per cent), where Samsung did particularly well with the SL-C460 model family.

The 45-69ppm monochrome laser MFP segment exhibited the strongest YoY growth in 3Q14 at 19.5 per cent, followed by 70-90ppm (9.9 per cent) and 31-44ppm (9.1 per cent). The 45-69ppm segment's strong growth was fuelled by Xerox's WorkCentre 3615DN. In the colour market, the 31-44ppm MFP segment did well at 19.2 per cent YoY growth, followed by 45-69ppm at 13.6 per cent and 70-90ppm at 11.2 per cent.

The A3/A4 battle in the mid-speed market segments continues. A4 MFP devices gained penetration in the 31-69ppm monochrome segment with 77.7 per cent share of the total monochrome A4/A3 MFP market in the same speed segment. The 16.8 per cent YoY growth of the A4 31-69ppm MFP monochrome laser segment was driven by strong YoY results in the both A4 31-44ppm(12.2 per cent growth) and A4 45-69ppm MFP segment (46.9 per cent growth) with significant contributions from Kyocera Document Solutions (43.2 per cent), Lexmark (16.1 per cent) and HP (14.1 per cent).

Mono Laser MFP 31-69ppm

Mono Laser MFP 31-69ppm





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