Hardcopy Peripherals Market Share

Updated: 20 May 2021

Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Unit Shipment Increased Approximately 5.6% Year Over Year in the Fourth Quarter, According to IDC

NEEDHAM, Mass., May 20, 2021 – The worldwide hardcopy peripherals market expanded for the third quarter in a row in the first quarter of 2021 (1Q21) with shipments growing 19.3% year over year to approximately 25.5 million units. Shipment value also increased during the quarter with year-over-year growth of 10.8% to $10.9 billion as more tenders and contract renewals took place in the office, according to new data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker.

Notable highlights from the quarter include:

  • Year-over-year increases in unit shipments were observed in all nine regional markets with Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan and China) leading the way with 31.0% growth, followed by China (PRC) at 25.4% and Western Europe at 18.9%. Similar to last quarter, the common theme for 1Q21 was growth driven by increased demand for low-end devices.
  • Both inkjet and laser markets posted year-over-year shipment growth at 37.0% and 3.6%, respectively. Inkjet vendors continued to record high shipments to meet ongoing demand and fill backlog orders as markets continue to adapt to the new normal.
  • HP Inc. outperformed all other companies in the top 5 in terms of year-over-year shipment growth for the third quarter in a row. The vendor posted a year-over-year increase of 36.4% with worldwide shipments of approximately 10.8 million units. HP Inc.'s Instant Ink program is helping to drive sales as it grew its subscriber base to over 9 million users. The vendor is seeing continued demand combined with favorable pricing and inventory replenishment within the consumer space.

Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market, Unit Shipments, Company Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q1 2021 (based on unit shipments)

Companies 1Q21
Unit Shipments
Market Share
Unit Shipments
Market Share
HP Inc. 10,816,275 42.4% 7,930,098 37.1% +36.4%
Epson 4,954,048 19.4% 4,321,458 20.2% +14.6%
Canon Group 4,721,078 18.5% 4,326,471 20.2% +9.1%
Brother 1,828,838 7.2% 2,084,691 9.7% -12.3%
Kyocera Group 448,828 1.8% 501,469 2.3% -10.5%
Others 2,748,454 10.8% 2,222,155 10.4% +23.7%
Total 25,517,521 100.0% 21,386,342 100.0% +19.3%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, May 6, 2021


  • IDC tracks A2-A4 devices in the Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals.
  • 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.

In addition to the table above, a graphic illustrating the worldwide market share of the top 5 hardcopy peripherals companies over the previous five quarters is by viewing this press release on IDC.com

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