IDC: Global HCP Market Declines Slightly in 1Q2015

A report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that the worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market registered a small decline in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q2015). Total unit shipments were 25.8 million, down by 2.5% year over year (YOY) with the corresponding shipment value down by 1.2% YOY.

IDC found several major transitions in the hardcopy market during this period. Inkjet still dominated the market, but the most growth occurred in certain laser segments. Specifically, color laser shipments grew 2.0% in 1Q2015 to 2.0 million units. China saw the most significant YOY growth in the Asia/Pacific laser market. This region posted a 9.8% growth in the laser segment due to government procurement and vendors aggressively pushing shipments into sales channels.

The market revealed a trend to transfer from single function (SFPs) to multifunction printers (MFPs). SFPs saw a decline of 8.0% YOY in 1Q2015 while MFP shipments decreased by 0.3%. But color laser MFPs grew 19.9% YOY.

Also seen was a switch from monochrome to color. Color increased its overall share to 20.8%, up by 0.8%. Color laser grew 2.0% YOY while monochrome lasers declined by 3.1%. The strongest color speed segment was the 11-20 ppm which captured a 30.2% share.

Meanwhile, the market move to higher speed segments accelerated. The 45-69 ppm monochrome laser MFP segment registered the strongest year-over-year growth in 1Q2015 at 31.0%, followed by the 45-69 ppm (SFP) segment which had 6.4% market share and 31-44 ppm MFP with 2.4% market share. Driven by the HP LaserJet Enterprise M602 family, the monochrome laser 45-69 ppm segment showed strong growth. In the color market, the 70-90 ppm MFP segment did well with 49.6% year-over-year growth, followed by 31-44 ppm with 19.9% and 1-10 ppm with 18.2%.

Besides, the battle between A3 and A4 in the mid-speed market segments continues. A4 MFP devices gained penetration in the 31-69 ppm monochrome segment with a 74.1% share of the total monochrome A3/A4 MFP market in the same speed segment. The 12.1% year-over-year growth of the A4 31-69 ppm MFP monochrome laser segment was fueled by a strong year-over-year increase in both A4 31-44 ppm (5.0% growth) and A4 45-69 ppm MFP segment (59.6% growth) with significant contributions from HP (29.2%) and Kyocera DS (24.5%).


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