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Taiwan sees inkjet printer sales drop

June 18, 2012

A report from IDC has shown a decline in inkjet printer sales in Taiwan since the beginning of 2012.

The report from IDC Taiwan, Quarterly SFP and MFP Tracker, found that single function and multi-function inkjet printers reached sales of 135,770 units in Q1 2012, which is a fall of 9.7 percent from Q4 2011, which saw sales of 150,314. Printer sales also saw a fall in year-on-year results, with the Q1 sales figures a 15.9 percent decrease from Q1 2011.

IDC’s report stated that the sales fall can be attributed to “the continued weak demand from the previous quarter”, with mainstream inkjet MFP shipments reaching 96,039 units, a 14.9 percent fall from Q4 2011 and a 15.8 percent fall from Q1 2011. Inkjet MFPs in turn accounted for 70 percent of overall inkjet sales, a fall of five percent from Q4 2011.

Single function inkjet printers however saw a quarter-on-quarter rise, with 39, 733 devices sold in Q1 2012 compared to 37,510 in Q4 2011, an increase of 5.9 percent. However, in terms of a year-on-year change, single function printers saw a 16.7 percent decrease from sales figures in Q1 2011.

Emma Liu, Associate Market Analyst of PC & Peripherals Group at IDC Taiwan, told that “shipments of inkjet printers in Taiwan have been shrinking in conjunction with the increasing popularity of laser printers”,  and that manufacturers have been “trying to launch new products meeting various requirements”.

Liu added that in the “gradually phasing-out inkjet SFP segment” manufacturers have, in turn, “pushed models with high printing volume capability”, and that as a result, “SFP sales volume enjoyed a QoQ [quarter-on-quarter] increase”.

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