Sixth Consecutive Quarter of Growth for Worldwide Printer and Copier/MFP Market

Worldwide shipments of hardcopy peripherals (HCP) increased 1.7 percent to nearly 23.8 million units in the first quarter of 2018 (1Q18), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. This was the sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth for the overall market. Both inkjet and laser unit shipments contributed to the positive momentum, expanding 2.1 percent and 1.0 percent year-over-year, respectively.

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

Notable highlights from the first quarter include:

  • Five out of eight IDC regional markets recorded year-over-year growth in the first quarter with the Middle East and Africa leading the pack with a 19.6 percent increase and 1.6 million units shipped.
  • Inkjet delivered year-over-year growth for the sixth consecutive quarter in 1Q18 with a 2.1 percent increase to 14 million units shipped. Strong growth in the business inkjet market (9.7 percent year-over-year) was the key contributor to overall inkjet market growth.
  • Both color and monochrome A4 and A3 MFPs continued to grow, recording year-over-year gains of 1.9 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively.

HP Inc. enjoyed 4.2 percent year-over-year growth in global shipments with a particularly strong performance in the United States, China, and India. According to IDC, due to the requirement to print bills, there is still a strong demand for low-end laser printers in India since the implementation of the GST (General Sales Tax). In China, there continues to be strong demand for print devices with the ongoing expansion of the small and mid-size business segment and tier 3 channels.

Canon overtook Epson for the top position in the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) region in 1Q18 with 9.1 percent year-over-year growth and its highest regional shipment total ever with 1.17 million units in the quarter. Its strong performance was largely due to its new G and TS series devices launched last quarter that are starting to gain traction.

Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market, Unit Shipments, Company Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q1 2018 (based on unit shipments)
Companies 1Q18 Unit Shipments 1Q18 Market Share 1Q17 Unit Shipments 1Q18 Market Share 1Q18/1Q17 Growth
1. HP Inc 9,733,802 40.9% 9,345,545 40.0% +4.2%
2. Canon Group 4,443,154 18.7% 4,206,139 18.0% +5.6%
3. Epson 4,392,299 18.5% 4,531,396 19.4% -3.1%
4. Brother 1,783,247 7.5% 1,787,254 7.6% -0.2%
5. Kyocera Group 546,610 2.3% 524,978 2.2% +4.1%
Others 2,892,136 12.2% 2,996,617 12.8% -3.5%
Total 23,791,248 100.0% 23,391,929 100.0% +1.7%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, May 2018

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

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