Worldwide Production-Print Market Enjoys Double-Digit Growth in Fourth-Quarter 2014

production printingMarch 4, 2015 – The worldwide production-print market enjoyed double-digit year-over-year shipment growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14). Unit shipments grew 17.1 percent to approximately 11,650 units (printers and MFPs) and shipment value increased 4.5 percent to nearly $1.4 billion in the same time period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Production Printer Tracker.

Other highlights of the quarter include:

  • With exception of Japan, all of IDC’s regional markets saw positive year-over-year shipment growth in the production-print space. Among the regions, North America grew 19.4 percent year-over-year, EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Africa) grew 423.2 percent, and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) was up 14.7 percent.
  • All categories in the production-print market recorded double-digit year-over-year growth. The production-print market had year-over-year shipment growth of 50.1 percent, followed by the label-and-packaging market at 25.0 percent and mid-production with 10.2 percent.
  • Color laser grew by 44.8 percent on an annual basis while high-speed inkjet saw a 27.9 percent year-over-year increase and monochrome declined -5.9 percent compared to 4Q13.

“The worldwide production market saw gains as print service providers across the globe are investing in digital. The United States is still the largest opportunity for the digital production market, but other regions are showing high demand for equipment. Vendors are truly focused on selling value and services, adding to their sales forces to target specific print environments and applications. They are reducing barriers to entry, offering increased options and greater print quality at lower price points, and appealing to print service providers of varying size. And for inkjet specifically, image quality will only get better and media libraries will continue to expand, pushing that high-speed technology to high growth rates,” commented Amy Machado, senior research analyst for IDC’s Hardcopy Peripheral Solutions.

 Worldwide Production Market Share, 2014 Q4 (based on shipment value)* 

Vendors

4Q14 Shipment Value ($M)

4Q14 Market Share

4Q13 Shipment Value ($M)

4Q13 Market Share

4Q14/4Q13 Growth

1. Xerox Group1

$695.78

51.0%

$646.85

49.6%

7.6%

2. HP

$213.70

15.7%

$205.58

15.8%

4.0%

3. Canon Group2

$168.76

12.4%

$193.14

14.8%

-12.6%

4. Ricoh Group3

$108.14

7.9%

$116.87

9.0%

-7.5%

5. Konica Minolta Group4

$92.54

6.8%

$78.93

6.1%

17.2%

Others

$84.69

6.2%

$63.07

4.8%

34.3%

Total

$1,363.61

100.0%

$1,304.44

100.0%

4.5%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Production Printer Tracker, February 2015.

Table Notes:

  • Includes Mid Production, Production (full production) and Label & Packaging.

1 Xerox Group: Xerox, Fuji Xerox

2 Canon Group: Canon, Showa Jyoho

3 Ricoh Group: Gestetner (NRG), Lanier, Nashua, Nashuatec, Rex Rotary, Ricoh, Ricoh Industry

4Konica Minolta Group: Develop, ITEC, Konica Minolta, Sindoh,

4th quarter 2015 production print

Note that IDC tracks mid-, production (full production), and label-and-packaging devices in its Quarterly Production Printer Tracker. Production Print Tracker includes single-function printers and MFPs.

For more information about IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, contact IDC’s Phuong Hang at phang@idc.com.

More Resources

July 2014: IDC: GLOBAL DIGITAL COLOR PRODUCTION-PRINT MARKET TO REACH NEARLY $25 BILLION FROM 2014-2018

June 2014: IDC: GLOBAL PRODUCTION-PRINTING MARKET ACHIEVES DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH IN FIRST-QUARTER 2014

May 2014: IDC: HIGH-SPEED INKJET-PRINTING WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE GLOBAL CONTINUOUS-FEED PRODUCTION-PRINTING MARKET

September 2013: IDC: WORLDWIDE PRODUCTION-PRINTER SYSTEM SHIPMENTS UP 15 PERCENT

August 2013: PRINTER, MFP SHIPMENTS PLUMMET IN WESTERN EUROPE, BUT SOME GAINS IN A3 COLOR MFPS AND PRODUCTION PRINTING

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