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Worldwide HCP market sees “small dip” in first quarter

May 22, 2015

globalhcpmay2015Results from IDC showed total unit shipments fell by 2.5 percent to 25.8 million, while shipment value fell by 1.2 percent in the same period.

The data, from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, outlined the “small decline” in 1Q2015 for the global hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market, as total unit shipments fell by 2.5 percent to 25.8 million and shipment value also declined by 1.2 percent. Despite these figures, the analyst also identified “positive accomplishments” including colour laser growing by two percent year-over-year and China being the “most upbeat” laser market in year-over-year growth”.

The Chinese market dominated the Asia/Pacific results, with a 9.8 percent expansion in laser alone thanks to “government purchasing and vendors aggressively pushing shipments into sales channels”. In terms of OEMs, Canon, Epson and HP “enjoyed pockets of growth in certain regions”, with Canon seeing 22.4 percent growth in the USA and 20.4 percent growth in Canada. Epson meanwhile saw positive growth in the USA and Asia/Pacific, while HP saw 8.6 percent growth in Western Europe.

Comparing inkjet and laser, IDC stated that “key hardcopy market transitions [are] taking place”, with inkjet still making up the “majority” of the sector as “certain laser segments” see “the best market growth”. Colour laser shipments increased by two percent to two million units, while inkjet as a whole saw a decline of 2.7 percent and toner as a whole declined by 2.1 percent.

Single-function machine shipments declined by eight percent in the quarter, while MFP shipments fell by 0.3 percent but “showed strong performance” in all colour laser speed ranges, particularly 31 to 44ppm, which saw a growth of 19.9 percent. Laser MFPs in fact were the only sector that saw growth, with 1.2 percent to just over five million units, while inkjet MFPs declined by 0.8 percent to 13.2 million units shipped. Declines in single-function laser and inkjet were 14.3 percent and 5.4 percent respectively, to 1.8 million and 4.7 million units shipped each.

Colour machines increased in total market share by 0.8 percent compared to monochrome, and year-over-year growth was two percent, while monochrome laser declined by 3.1 percent. The “strongest” colour speed was 11-20ppm with a 30.2 percent market share, and HP was said to have done “particularly well” with its Colour LaserJet Pro M476 MFP machines.

Another trend noticed by IDC was a “move to faster speed segments”, with the 45 to 69ppm monochrome laser MFP sector seeing the “strongest year-over-year growth” of 31 percent, followed by the same speed in single-function with 6.4 percent and 31 to 44ppm MFPs with 2.4 percent. The first sector’s growth was “fuelled” by HP’s LaserJet Enterprise M602 printer family, while in colour the 70 to 90ppm MFP sector saw 49.6 percent growth, followed by the 31 to 44ppm segment with 19.9 percent and the one to 10ppm sector with 18.2 percent.

A battle between A3 and A4 machines in the mid-speed markets “continues” as well, as A4 MFPs grew in the 31 to 69ppm monochrome segment with 74.1 percent share of the A3 and A4 MFP market at that speed. This growing segment saw 12.1 percent year-over-year growth driven by “strong” results in both the A4 31 to 44ppm and 45 to 69ppm segments, which saw five percent and 59.7 percent growth respectively, and HP and Kyocera machines made “significant contributions” to this with 29.2 percent and 24.5 percent market share.

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