The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market declined for the first time in the past three quarters to 25.5 million units shipped in the second...
Epson L1800The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market declined for the first time in the past three quarters to 25.5 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14) resulting in a -2.3% year-over-year decrease, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker.

Some notable market developments in this quarter include:

  • Two of the biggest regions in terms of HCP shipments, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) and Western Europe, showed positive year-over-year gains, 0.4% and 5.0%, respectively. Growth in APeJ was driven by China, which represents nearly half of the region’s shipments. This was also the fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth for the region.
  • Three of the top 5 vendors (Epson, Samsung, and Brother) enjoyed positive year-over-year growth. Both Epson’s and Brother’s growth were driven largely by gains in APeJ.
  • Samsung overtook HP as the laser market leader in Western Europe. Samsung is very strong in the low-end, and tends to market its products on price. It also has strong operations in Germany and Italy where it performs particularly well. In addition, distributors and dealers tend to trade HP and Samsung off with each other and sales fluctuate as a result.

“While the overall hardcopy market is mature and we often point to emerging markets as the growth areas, it is important to note that there are still areas of growth and opportunity in more mature markets. Vendors should keep in mind that while pursuing growth in new geographies they need to defend their positions in high-value segments of mature regions, such as color laser multifunction printers (MFP) and the A4 monochrome laser midmarket,” said Phuong Hang, Program Director, Worldwide Hardcopy Peripheral Trackers.

Key Worldwide Hardcopy Market Trends in 2Q14

Inkjet still makes up the majority of the market (59.7%), but the best market growth is in laser. Color laser grew 10.3% to close to 2 million units in 2Q14.

Inkjet vs. Laser, Unit Shipments and Year-over-Year Growth, 2Q13 vs. 2Q14 

Product

2Q13 Unit Shipments

2Q13 Year-over-Year Growth

2Q14 Unit Shipments

2Q14 Year-over-Year Growth

Inkjet

15,087,648

-6.7%

14,542,581

-3.6%

Laser

9,895,486

4.5%

9,827,345

-0.7%

 

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