IDC Reports YOY Decline in Shipments of 1Q2013 Hardcopy Peripherals Worldwide

According to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC’s) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, the worldwide hardcopy peripherals market declined 9.7% year over year with 25.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q2013). Shipment value decreased 5.7% year-over-year (YOY) to $14.3 billion, which is the third consecutive quarter of YOY decline.

The color laser multi-function printer (MFP) market had the greatest YOY growth of 3.2% increase in 1Q2013. Color laser devices had a 42% share of the hardcopy market shipment value in 1Q2013, but only took a 7% share of unit shipments. Monochrome laser MFPs, ranking second, grew by 0.9% and had 7.8 million units shipped with $5.5 billion shipment value.  Monochrome laser units have a 30% market share and 39% in terms of shipment value.

The inkjet market had over 15 million units shipped worldwide, 13 million of which were color inkjet MFP units. Color inkjet MFPs continue to be the leading products in the hardcopy peripherals market, with 50% unit share in 1Q2013.

The IDC report states that HP continued to rank top in 1Q2013 with 38.7% worldwide market share, but experienced a YOY decline of 13.4% on shipment of 10 million units. Canon, ranking second in the overall market, gained the best YOY shipment growth (13.7%) among the top 5 vendors, with 5.3 million units shipped. Epson remained its third position with 3.9 million units shipped in the worldwide hardcopy peripherals market, but experienced a YOY decline of -26.8% as well. Brother grasped the fourth position with 10.6% YOY growth and gained 4 points from a year ago to 20% share in the overall market. Samsung continually ranked 5 in 1Q13 with 1.7 million units shipped and a YOY growth of -2.7%.

Phuong Hang, Program Manager, Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, said, “Markets are changing, which makes the strategy and product portfolios change. Many vendors are mainly focusing on mobility, the cloud, and the way of users accessing material for printing. If workers are working at home or working remotely several times per week, they must be able to access their company information, and sometimes print this information from various devices and locations. It is significant for manufacturers to find out how they can offer this in a simple and easy way for the business and its users.”

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