Worldwide shipments of production printers grew 15% year over year to 13,000 units (printers and multi function printers -MFPs) in the second quarter of 2013, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Production Printer Tracker.
Despite the increase in shipment volume, shipment value declined 4% year over year to more than $500 million for the same time period.
On a geographic basis, the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region enjoyed the highest year-over-year growth (16.6%) with shipments reaching 1,300 units. The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) region had 9.0% year-over-over growth with shipments totaling 1,500 units.
Worldwide Production Printer Market Share, 2013 Q2 (based on shipment value)*
2013 Q2 Market Share (Shipment Value)
|2. Konica Minolta||
Devices in the Mid-Production and Production categories were key contributors to the market in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) with year-over-year growth of 47.2% and 5.3%, respectively.
“2013 will be a growth year for the digital production market. While the offset-to-digital migration is a part of the story, it can’t be ignored that vendors have been actively making technology enhancements from job creation to finishing, ensuring that digital print is value-added print,” said Amy Machado, Senior Research Analyst, Hardcopy Peripheral Solutions at IDC.