Worldwide Printer, MFP Shipments Down in First Quarter

Worldwide shipments of hardcopy peripherals (HCP) decreased 3.9 percent year-over-year to 22.8 million units in the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), according to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. The brightest spot for the quarter was the year-over-year expansion of color inkjet MFPs in the 11-20 ppm range, which grew 4.7 percent to more than 6.2 million units shipped.

Note that in its research, IDC tracks A2-A4 devices. Hardcopy peripherals include single-function printers, multifunction printers (MFPs), and single-function digital copiers (SF DC).

This marks the third consecutive quarter with IDC reporting lower year-over-year worldwide hardcopy shipment declines.

Notable highlights from the first quarter include:

  • Ink-tank inkjet devices continued their positive momentum recording a 23.4 percent year-over-year gain in unit shipments in 1Q19. Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) and Latin America were the top two regions for ink-tank shipments with 1.7 and 1.0 million units shipped in the quarter, respectively.
  • Inkjet shipments decreased 2.1 percent year-over-year to nearly 13.7 million units shipped. Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) was the top region for inkjet shipments, growing 8.8 percent year-over-year to more than 3.5 million units in 1Q19. Western Europe, the second largest market, contracted 5.4 percent while the United States, the third largest market, declined 4.8 percent year-over-year.
  • A3 color laser MFPs continued on a positive trajectory with a year-over-year gain of 1.0 percent to nearly 600,000 units shipped.
  • HP Inc. declined 3.5 percent year-over-year with global shipments dropping to less than 9.4 million units. However, two of HP’s top-three regions, Western Europe and the United States, exhibited year-over-year gains of 2.8 percent and 2.6 percent , respectively.
  • Epson regained the top inkjet position from Canon in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) albeit at a marginal share advantage of 0.7 percent. Epson grew by about 210,000 units year-over-year due to the improved sales of its new generation of more compact ink tank printers, which were largely responsible for the growth of the ASEAN market and the biggest winner in China as the only one with a market share gain this quarter.
Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market, Unit Shipments, Company Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q1 2018(based on unit shipments)
Companies 1Q19 Unit Shipments 1Q19 Market Share 1Q18 Unit Shipments 1Q18 Market Share 1Q19/1Q18 Growth
1. HP Inc. 9,369,660 41% 9,704,972 41% -3.5%
2. Canon Group 4,349,818 19% 4,393,457 18% -1.0%
3. Epson 4,317,575 19% 4,443,484 19% -2.8%
4. Brother 1,670,633 7% 1,783,246 8% -6.3%
5. Kyocera Group 533,153 2% 547,539 2% -2.6%
Others 2,596,669 11% 2,896,050 12% -10.3%
Total 22,837,508 100% 23,768,748 100% -3.9%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, May 2019

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

More Resources

May 2019: IDC Reports Lower Printer and Copier/MFP Shipments in Western Europe

April 2019: IDC Reports Declining Printer-Consumables Sales in First Quarter

February 2019: Worldwide Hardcopy-Peripherals Market Down 4.8 Percent in Fourth Quarter

December 2018: Worldwide Printer/Copier Shipments Down 1.2 Percent in Third-Quarter

November 2018: IDC Reports on Booming Inkjet-Printer Market in India

August 2018: IDC: Worldwide Printer and Copier Maintains Modest Growth

May 2018: Sixth Consecutive Quarter of Growth for Worldwide Printer and Copier/MFP Market

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