After several quarters of notable decline, the worldwide hardcopy peripherals market showed encouraging signs of recovery in the second quarter of 2013. According to the
IDC said the second quarter marks the first quarter since the fourth quarter of 2010 where the two largest markets, the US and
While the total worldwide hardcopy peripherals market experienced a small decline in the second quarter, IDC said is optimistic about the segments demonstrating growth opportunities. In particular, the higher speed monochrome segments (31-44 ppm and 45-69 ppm) and the total color laser market are driving the best growth prospects for the worldwide hardcopy peripheral market.
"We anticipate that initiatives such as managed print services and wider availability of digitally-based content will continue to gradually shift hardcopy peripheral devices away from the desktop and toward more shared and centralized machines. As such, vendors who concentrate on these opportunities should find the best payback for future hardcopy peripheral unit and value shipments," said IDC researcher
IDC added that while the inkjet market contracted 6% on year, it remains the dominant hardcopy peripherals technology segment with a 58% unit share. In the second quarter, 15.1 million inkjet devices were shipped with 85% of these devices being multi-function printers (MFPs).
Additionally, in the second quarter the monochrome laser market grew 3.5%. Monochrome laser devices continue to rank second in both units shipped (8.2 million units) shipment value (
The firm noted that the color laser market remained the strongest technology growth segment with 9.7% on-year growth in the second quarter. Color laser devices retained a 43% share of the hardcopy market shipment value in the second quarter, while taking up a 7% share of unit shipments. With 59% MFP penetration and on-year growth of 13%, the color laser market beat these same metrics for the monochrome laser market, which were 47% and 5%, respectively, said IDC.
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