IDC: Global Production-Printer Market Maintains Strong Growth, Shipments up 10.0 Percent in Second-Quarter 2016

Canon USA HQ Showroom -- Production Printing

Production printer in Canon U.S.A.’s showroom.

The worldwide production-printer market maintained its growth streak in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16), recording a 10.0-percent increase in shipments year-over-year. Unit-shipment value also increased 3.4 percent to more than $1.1 billion in the same time period, according to the market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Production Printer Tracker.

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

Other highlights from the worldwide production printer market in 2Q16 include:

  • High-speed inkjet production devices saw 66 percent growth in system shipments on an annual basis. Canon found good demand for its sheet-fed solution, the Océ VarioPrint i300, while Ricoh ramped up sales for its new Pro VC60000 platform with high image quality.
  • A combined view of mid-production and full-production segments “showed a positive story for color laser” in the quarter as well. Inkjet might be taking some of the “big iron” laser share, but laser vendors are broadening their portfolios downstream.
  • Konica Minolta Group outperformed all other vendors in the Top 5 by posting 30.4 percent year-over-year growth in units shipped.

“Successful IT suppliers can offer both inkjet and laser technologies at a variety of price points to the end-user, protecting the base while expanding into new markets,” commented Amy Machado, research manager of IDC’s Imaging, Printing, and Document Solutions group.

Worldwide Production Market Share, Q2 2016 (based on unit shipments*)
Vendors 2Q16 Unit Shipments 2Q16 Market Share 2Q15 Unit Shipments 2Q15 Market Share 2Q16/2Q15 Growth
1. Xerox Group1 5,179 50.7% 4,586 49.4% +12.9%
2. Ricoh Group2 2,203 21.6% 2,235 24.1% -1.4%
3. Konica Minolta Group3 1,682 16.5% 1,290 13.9% +30.4%
4. Canon Group4 679 6.7% 665 7.2% +2.1%
5. HP Inc. 231 2.3% 241 2.6% -4.1%
Others 236 2.3% 265 2.9% -10.9%
Total 10,210 100.0% 9,282 100.0% +10.0%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Production Printer Tracker, August 2016

Table Notes:

  • Includes Mid Production, Production (full production), and Label & Packaging.
    1 Xerox Group consists of Xerox and Fuji Xerox.
    2 Rioch Group consists of Gestetner (NRG), Lanier, Nashua, Nashuatec, Rex Rotary, Ricoh, and Ricoh Industry.
    3 Konica Minolta Group consists of Develop, ITEC, Konica Minolta, and Sindoh.
    4 Canon Group consists of Canon and Showa Jyoho.

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

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