‘Solid Growth’ for Global Production-Printer Market, Reports IDC

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The worldwide production-printer market continued to deliver solid growth in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) with a 7.9 percent year-over-year increase, marking the sixteenth consecutive quarter of positive growth, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Production Printer Tracker. According to IDC, worldwide unit shipment value increased 1.4 percent to nearly $1.2 billion in the same time period.

Note that in it research, IDC tracks Mid Production, Production (full Production), and Label & Packaging systems in its Quarterly Production Printer Tracker. The Production Print Tracker includes single-function printers and multifunctional systems (MFPs).

Other highlights from the worldwide production-printer market in 1Q16 include:

  • Label & Packaging unit shipments increased 18.8 percent year-over-year while Mid Production gained 11.5 percent in 1Q16.
  • Ricoh Group outperformed all other vendors among the top five vendors by posting a 28.8 percent year-over-year gain in terms of units shipped.

“Headed into Drupa 2016, the digital production-print market looks strong. Print-service providers (PSPs) continued to invest in the first quarter with no holding off purchases or waiting to see what new products are coming at the world’s largest print show in Dusseldorf this month. That could foretell very good things for both the second quarter and the second half of the year, as PSPs jump on new technologies, especially when it comes to high-quality color laser and inkjet,” commented Amy Machado, research manager, for IDC’s Imaging, Printing, and Document Solutions group.

Worldwide Production Unit Shipments, Market Share, and Year-over-Year Growth, Q1 2016*
Vendors 1Q16 Unit Shipments 1Q16 Market Share 1Q15 Unit Shipments 1Q15 Market Share 1Q16/1Q15 Growth
1. Xerox Group1 5,127 46.7% 4,906 48.2% +4.5%
2. Ricoh Group2 2,627 23.9% 2,040 20.0% +28.8%
3. Konica Minolta Group3 2,165 19.7% 2,006 19.7% +7.9%
4. Canon Group4 570 5.2% 705 6.9% -19.1%
5. HP Inc 182 1.7% 193 1.9% -5.7%
Others 312 2.8% 326 3.2% -4.3%
Total 10,983 100.0% 10,176 100.0% +7.9%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Production Printer Tracker, May 2016

Table Notes:

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

  1. Xerox Group includes Xerox and Fuji Xerox.
  2. Rioch Group includes Gestetner (NRG), Lanier, Nashua, Nashuatec, Rex Rotary, Ricoh, and Ricoh Industry.
  3. Konica Minolta Group includes Develop, ITEC, Konica Minolta, and Sindoh.
  4. Canon Group includes Canon and Showa Jyoho.

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

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