IDC: Worldwide Printer/MFP Market Declines for First Time in Three Quarters; Samsung Makes Gains

globeThe worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market declined for the first time in the past three quarters to 25.5 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), resulting in a -2.3 percent year-over-year decrease, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker.

Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices in its Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Hardcopy peripherals include single-function printers, MFPs, and single-function digital copiers (SF DC). Data for all vendors are reported for calendar periods.

Some notable market developments in this quarter include:

  • Two of the biggest regions in terms of HCP shipments, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), (APeJ) and Western Europe, showed positive year-over-year gains, 0.4 percent and 5.0 percent, respectively. Growth in APeJ was driven by China, which represents nearly half of the region’s shipments. This was also the fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth for the region.
  • Three of the top-five vendors (Epson, Samsung, and Brother) enjoyed positive year-over-year growth. Both Epson’s and Brother’s growth were driven largely by gains in APeJ.
  • Samsung overtook Hewlett-Packard as the laser-market leader in Western Europe. IDC says Samsung is very strong in the low-end, and tends to market its products on price. It also has strong operations in Germany and Italy, where it performs particularly well. In addition, distributors and dealers tend to trade HP and Samsung off with each other and sales fluctuate as a result.

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“While the overall hardcopy market is mature and we often point to emerging markets as the growth areas, it is important to note that there are still areas of growth and opportunity in more mature markets. Vendors should keep in mind that while pursuing growth in new geographies they need to defend their positions in high-value segments of mature regions, such as color laser multifunction printers (MFP) and the A4 monochrome laser midmarket,” commented Phuong Hang, program director for IDC’s Worldwide Hardcopy Peripheral Trackers.

Inkjet still makes up the majority of the market (59.7 percent), but the best market growth is in laser. Color laser grew 10.3 percent to close to 2 million units in 2Q14.

Inkjet vs. Laser, Unit Shipments and Year-over-Year Growth, 2Q13 vs. 2Q14

Product

2Q13 Unit Shipments

2Q13 Year-over-Year Growth

2Q14 Unit Shipments

2Q14 Year-over-Year Growth

Inkjet

15,087,648

-6.7%

14,542,581

-3.6%

Laser

9,895,486

4.5%

9,827,345

-0.7%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripheral Tracker, August 22, 2014

Single function compared to MFP market: The single-function printer market declined by -7.7 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2014, while MFP shipments experienced flat growth. However, MFPs enjoyed strong growth in all color-laser speed ranges, especially in the 1-10 page per minute (ppm) (31.5 percent).

Printer vs. MFP, Unit Shipments and Year-over-Year Growth, 2Q13 vs. 2Q14

Product Category

2Q13 Unit Shipments

2Q13 Year-over-Year Growth

2Q14 Unit Shipments

2Q14 Year-over-Year Growth

MFP Inkjet

12,841,008

-4.6%

12,572,767

-2.1%

MFP Laser

4,875,611

7.0%

5,099,043

4.6%

MFP Total

17,716,619

-1.7%

17,671,810

-0.3%

Printer Inkjet

2,246,640

-16.9%

1,969,814

-12.3%

Printer Laser

5,003,577

2.5%

4,719,716

-5.7%

Printer Total

7,250,217

-4.4%

6,689,530

-7.7%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripheral Tracker, August 22, 2014

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