Global Production-Printer Shipments Near Double-Digit Growth in Third-Quarter 2015, Reports IDC

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The worldwide production-printer market continues to show year-over-year growth in unit shipments, gaining 9.9 percent in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15). According to the International Data Corporation (IDC ) Worldwide Quarterly Production Printer Tracker, unit shipments increased to approximately 10,500 units (includes printers and MFPs) and shipment value increased 5.9 percent to more than $1.2 billion in the same time period.

Market Highlights

  • All four of IDC’s largest regional markets saw positive year-over-year unit growth in the production-printer space in 3Q15. Key contributors to the worldwide increase were Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) with 15.7 percent year-over-year growth, the United States with 15.3 percent, Western Europe with 12.1 percent, and Japan with 1.0 percent.
  • All categories in the production-printer market recorded year-over-year gains. Label & Packaging was up 15.0 percent, Production grew 12.7 percent, and Mid-Production increased 9.1 percent.
  • High-speed inkjet shipments grew 8.8 percent year-over-year. Canon, Ricoh, and Hewlett-Packard are the top-three vendors in this space. Their combined market share accounts for more than half of the global high-speed inkjet segment.

“All production-class technologies saw annual gains in the third quarter, showing the health of the worldwide digital-production industry. As expected, after slipping in the second quarter, high-speed inkjet experienced a tremendous rebound in the third quarter, with system shipments growing 110 percent from the previous quarter and 9 percent annually. Hardware vendors are innovating — from monochrome laser to sheet-fed inkjet — to create new applications for their customers, which is driving demand for new technology investments,” commented Amy Machado, research manager for IDC’s Imaging, Printing, and Document Solutions group.

Worldwide Production Printer Market Share, Q3 2015 (based on shipment value; includes Mid-Production, Production (full production), and Label & Packaging segments)

Vendors3Q 15 Shipment Value ( $ M)3Q 15 Market Share3Q 14 Shipment Value ( $ M)3Q 14 Market Share3Q 15/ 3Q 14 Growth
1. Xerox Group$521.0441.7%$525.1644.1%-0.8%
2. HP$235.7218.9%$260.3621.9%-9.5%
3. Ricoh Group$160.7312.9%$98.688.3%+62.9%
4. Konica Minolta Group$129.5710.4%$98.058.2%+32.1%
5. Canon Group$126.2210.1%$119.3110.0%+5.8%
Total$ 1,249.59100.0%$ 1,191.11100.0%+4.9%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Production Printer Tracker, August 2015

Note that in the charts above and below, Xerox Group includes Xerox and Fuji Xerox; Ricoh Group includes Gestetner (NRG), Lanier, Nashua, Nashuatec, Rex Rotary, Ricoh, and Ricoh Industry; Canon Group includes Canon and Showa Jyoho; and Konica Minolta Group includes Develop, ITEC, Konica Minolta, and Sindoh.

3rd quarter 2015 production print market

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

More Resources

August 2015: IDC: Worldwide Shipments for Production Printers up 9.4 Percent in Second Quarter

May 2015: IDC: Positive Gains for Worldwide Production-Printer Market; Xerox is Leader

March 2015: IDC: Canon is Market Leader in U.S. Cut-Sheet Production-Print Market

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

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