Worldwide Printer/Copier Shipments Down 1.2 Percent in Third-Quarter

The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market declined 1.2 percent year-over-year to approximately 25 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2018 (3Q18), according to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Both inkjet and laser unit shipments experienced a year-over-year decline in the quarter, falling 1.5 percent and 0.7 percent respectively.

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

Notable highlights from the quarter include:

  • The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APeJ) region delivered year-over-year growth in unit shipments for the fifth consecutive quarter, increasing 0.9 percent in 3Q18. The top three contributors to the region’s growth were China, India, and the Philippines. Inkjet growth in the region was largely driven by ink-tank inkjet printers, which saw a 22.1 percent increase. This was the first quarter in which ink-tank inkjet shipments were greater than ink-cartridge inkjet printers, making ink-tank printers the leading product in the inkjet market for the APeJ region with 51.1 percent share.
  • Color laser’s year-over-year growth of 2.3 percent was helped by strong performances by  21-30 ppm and 31-44 pm devices. Four of the top-five companies (in terms of unit shipments), including HP Inc., Canon Group, Brother, and Ricoh Group, recorded year-over-year expansion in color-laser shipments.
  • The Canon Group outperformed all the other companies in the top-five with year-over-year shipment growth of 7.7 percent to approximately 5.3 million units. The U.S. market was one of the key contributors to the company’s results, delivering a 20 percent increase in inkjet and 41% percent expansion in the laser market.
Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market, Unit Shipments, Company Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q3 2018 (based on unit shipments)
Companies 3Q18 Unit Shipments 3Q18 Market Share 3Q17 Unit Shipments 3Q17 Market Share 3Q18/3Q17 Growth
1. HP Inc 10,180,524 40.8% 10,482,001 41.5% -2.9%
2. Canon Group 5,319,363 21.3% 4,940,185 19.6% +7.7%
3. Epson 4,441,577 17.8% 4,523,262 17.9% -1.8%
4. Brother 1,802,325 7.2% 1,841,550 7.3% -2.1%
5. Kyocera Group 483,712 1.9% 481,254 1.9% +0.5%
Others 2,734,115 11.0% 2,986,409 11.8% -8.4%
Total 24,961,616 100.0% 25,254,661 100.0% -1.2%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, August 2018

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