Printer Shipments Saw Decline in India

Indian consulting firm CyberMedia Research (CMR) reported India’s A4 printer market which includes inkjet, DMP and laser printers registered an 8% continuous decline in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q2015) over the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q2014). The market grew by 2% year-on-year in 1Q2015.

In terms of OEM performance, HP continued to lead the market with a 48% share in unit shipments in 1Q2015. The OEM saw an 8% decrease in shipments in 1Q2015 over 4Q2014. Epson rank No. 2 and Canon rolled out the third. Having been declining in shipments since 1Q2014, Samsung reversed to register a 58% quarter-on-quarter growth in 1Q2015. Ricoh’s shipments remained flat as the previous quarter.

Narinder Kumar, Analyst for Infotech and Channels Research Practices at CMR, said, “Traditionally the first quarter of a calendar year has an edge on the previous quarter’s shipments; however, this year the trend was reversed due to slow business by HP and Canon. In the Inkjet Single Function Printer category, both vendors witnessed shortage of product supply.

“Upward price revision by HP in January 2015 affected the vendor’s business, especially in the Laser Single Function Printer category, which was another major reason for decline of the overall India A4 Printer market in 1Q2015,” added Narinder Kumar.

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