Worldwide Printer/MFP Market Improves in Second Quarter, Reports IDC


The rate of decline in the worldwide hardcopy peripherals market slowed in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16) with shipments contracting 3.8 percent year-over-year to 23.1 million units, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. According to the market-research firm, the improvement in the global market was largely driven by strong demand in the color laser (21 ppm and faster) and mono laser (21-30 ppm) segments, with 18.0 percent and 8.9 percent year-over-year growth, respectively.

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

Other notable highlights for the second quarter include:

  • The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) region saw 6.6 percent year-over-year growth in shipments to approximately 8 million units, bolstered by strong performances in China, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam.
  • Epson’s double-digit year-over-year growth of 10.4 percent was fueled by increases in six out of eight regional markets. The vendor grew shipments 13.3 percent year-over-year in the business inkjet segment of the Western European market.
  • Canon also grew 1.4 percent year-over-year in the worldwide market with shipments approaching 4.8 million in 2Q16. The vendor’s best results came in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) with 19.4 percent year-over-year growth, which was driven by increased traction for its ink-tank series (PIXMA G models).
Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q2 2016
Vendors 2Q16 Unit Shipments 2Q16 Market Share 2Q15 Unit Shipments 2Q15 Market Share 2Q16/2Q15 Growth
1. HP Inc 8,477,117 36.6% 9,818,111 40.8% -13.7%
2. Canon 4,769,961 20.6% 4,704,356 19.6% +1.4%
3. Epson 3,938,906 17.0% 3,568,683 14.8% +10.4%
4. Brother 1,700,221 7.3% 1,725,890 7.2% -1.5%
5. Samsung 914,454 4.0% 1,004,121 4.2% -8.9%
Others 3,346,079 14.5% 3,238,392 13.5% +3.3%
Total 23,146,738 100.0% 24,059,553 100.0% -3.8%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, August 2016

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

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