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30 May 2018

Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market Maintains Its Growth Trajectory in the First Quarter, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 30, 2018 – Worldwide shipments of hardcopy peripherals (HCP) increased 1.7% 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% and 1.0% year over year, respectively.

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 & Africa leading the pack with a 19.6% increase and 1.6 million units shipped.
  • Inkjet delivered year-over-year growth for the sixth consecutive quarter in 1Q18 with a 2.1% increase to 14 million units shipped. Strong growth in the business inkjet market (9.7% year over year) was the key contributor to overall inkjet market growth.
  • Both A4 and A3 multifunctional printers (MFPs) in color and mono laser markets continued to grow, recording year-over-year gains of 1.9% and 4.0%, respectively.
  • HP Inc. enjoyed 4.2% year-over-year growth in global shipments with a particularly strong performance in the U.S., China, and India. Due to the requirement to print bills, there is still a strong demand for low-end laser printers in India since the implementation of GST. In China, there continues to be strong demand for print devices with the ongoing expansion of the small and medium 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% 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 the 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. Epson

4,443,154

18.7%

4,206,139

18.0%

+5.6%

3. Canon Group

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

Notes:

  • 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). Data for all vendors are reported for calendar periods.

For more information about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, please contact Phuong Hang at phang@idc.com.

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