Worldwide Printer, MFP Shipments Down in Second Quarter, but Wireless Models Gain Ground

While worldwide shipments of printers and MFPs were down by 8.4 percent to 26.5 million units in second-quarter 2012, one bright segment was shipments of models with wireless connectivity, which were up 5.0 percent year-over-year to 26.5 million units, according to  International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Moreover, the wireless segment in mature markets outgrew emerging markets by 2 percentage points, showing 5.6 percent and 3.6 percent year-over-year growth.

“IDC expects the opportunity for wireless will continue to expand over the next three years,” said Phuong Hang, program manager, Worldwide Hardcopy Peripheral Trackers. “We also expect SMBs, small offices, and microbusinesses to be early adopters of built-in wireless laser printers and MFPs, while these devices in a large enterprise will continue to rely on existing WANs for wireless capability.”

Technology Highlights

  • Inkjet technology accounted for 60 percent share in the worldwide  printer and MFP market. However, shipments in this segment declined 12.7 percent year-over-year, the steepest drop since third-quarter 2009. In contrast, the wireless inkjet segment in both emerging and mature markets exhibited growth, equating to a 3.5 percent year-over-year increase in the overall wireless inkjet volume in second-quarter 2012.
  • Laser was the only technology to experience positive year-over-year growth in second-quarter 2012. The segment grew 0.8 percent to 9.5 million units resulting in 36 percent share, up 4 points from a year ago. Both emerging and mature markets experienced double-digit growth in the wireless segment, 15.0 percent and 24.0 percent year-over-year respectively.
  • Color laser finished the quarter with 16 percent market share in the total laser space, resulting in 3.5 percent year-over-year growth. Monochrome laser devices accounted for more than 7.9 million units and 84 percent share of the total laser space, flat from a year ago.

Vendor Highlights

  • HP remained the number-one  printer/MFP vendor with 39.6 percent market share in terms of worldwide shipments (10.5 million units). HP’s unit shipments declined 12.7 percent year-over-year. HP performed better in the emerging markets with -9.2% year-over-year growth compared to -16.6% in mature markets. Despite a decline of 4.1 percent, the vendor’s wireless segment managed to gain 4 points from a year ago to 44% share.
  • Canon continued as the number 2 ranked vendor in second-quarter 2012 with worldwide market share of 21.4 percent and 0.5 percent year-over-year growth. Unlike HP, Canon grew its shipments 2.9 percent year-over-year in mature regions while showing a decline of 1.2 percent in emerging markets. Wireless devices made up 31 percent of the vendor’s shipments in second-quarter, up 9 points from a year ago.
  • Epson maintained its position as the number-three vendor worldwide with 13.2 percent share, up 1 point from a year ago. The vendor’s shipments declined 1.3 percent year-over-year in second-quarter 2012. Similar to Canon, Epson enjoyed a better year-over-year trend in mature markets than emerging regions, 9.8 percent versus -8.9 percent respectively. The wireless segment represents 39 percent of Epson’s unit shipments.
  • Brother climbed one spot up to become the top-four ranked vendor in the total hardcopy market. The vendor posted 6.5 percent year-over-year growth, the best year-over-year trend among the top five, and resulting in more than 1.7 million units shipped. The vendor benefited from double-digit year-over-year growth (20.3 percent) in emerging markets while experiencing a small decline of 2.8 percent in mature regions. Brother continues to enjoy growth in the wireless segment, posting a 22.3% year-over-year gain to 37% share.
  • Samsung ranked 5th in the overall hardcopy market. The vendor suffered a decline of 22.0 percent year-over-year in total shipments and dropped one spot in the latest worldwide ranking. The vendor saw a double-digit decline in both emerging and mature markets as its old models have been effectively phased out and its new products will not be introduced until the third quarter of 2012.

Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market Share and Year-Over-Year Growth, Second Quarter 2012

Vendors

2Q12 Unit Shipments

2Q12 Market Share

2Q11 Unit Shipments

2Q11 Market Share

2Q12/2Q11 Growth

1. HP

10,500,055

39.6%

12,020,025

41.5%

-12.7%

2. Canon

5,667,915

21.4%

5,637,249

19%

0.5%

3. Epson

3,497,137

13.2%

3,541,286

12.2%

-1.3%

4. Brother

1,722,078

6.5%

1,617,180

6%

6.5%

5. Samsung

1,342,379

5.1%

1,720,311

6%

-22.0%

Others

3,786,797

14.3%

4,407,669

15%

-14.1%

Total

26,516,361

100.0%

28,943,720

100%

-8.4%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, August 2012

For more information on IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, contact Kathy Nagamine at 1-650-350-6423 or knagamine@idc.com.

U.S. Hardcopy Peripherals Market Share and Year-Over-Year Growth, Second Quarter 2012

Vendors

2Q12 Unit Shipments

2Q12 Market Share

2Q11 Unit Shipments

2Q11 Market Share

2Q12/2Q11 Growth

1. HP

2,704,329

52%

3,059,401

53%

-11.6%

2. Canon

875,800

17%

816,088

14%

7.3%

3. Epson

517,502

10%

382,679

7%

35.2%

4. Brother

325,815

6%

356,347

6%

-8.6%

5. Lexmark

156,731

3%

351,606

6%

-55.4%

Others

605,177

12%

854,813

15%

-29.2%

Total

5,185,354

100%

5,820,934

100%

-10.9%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, August 2012

 

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