IDC: Worldwide Printer/Copier/MFP Market Declines in Third Quarter, but Business-Inkjet Shipments up 16.3 Percent

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Business-inkjet printer and All-in-One shipments maintained their momentum in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15) with 2.2 million units shipped and 16.3 percent year-over-year growth. However, the overall worldwide hardcopy-peripherals market recorded a year-over-year decline of -6.3 percent in 3Q15, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC ) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals (HCP) Tracker. Total shipments fell to 25.8 million units, while the corresponding shipment value fell by -5.7 percent to $13.8 billion over the same period.

Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices in its Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals. Hardcopy peripherals include single-function printers, multifunctional systems (MFPs), and single-function digital copiers (SF DC).

Notable highlights in the third quarter included:

  • Shipments of Basic and Managed print-services devices continue to grow, posting more than 380,000 units in 3Q15.
  • The United States maintained positive year-over-year shipment growth with close to 5.6 million units.
  • High-end color laser devices (45 ppm+) recorded double-digit year-over-year growth (15.3 percent).
  • Kyocera Document Solutions outperformed all other top 10 vendors with 6.1 percent year-over-year growth, resulting in 415,000 units shipped.

Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market Share and Year-Over-Year Growth for Q3 2015 (based on unit shipments)

Vendors3Q15 Units Shipment3Q15 Market Share3Q14 Units Shipment3Q14 Market Share3Q15/3Q14 Growth
1. HP9,983,71038.7%10,840,72239.4%-7.9%
2. Canon5,293,41120.5%5,659,58620.5%-6.5%
3. Epson4,075,43815.8%4,128,43915.0%-1.3%
4. Brother1,881,9257.3%1,943,2067.1%-3.2%
5. Samsung1,039,7234.0%1,315,4564.8%-21.0%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, December 8. 2015

3rd quarter 2015 business inkjet chart


For more information about IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, contact IDC’s Phuong Hang at

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