Printers not making much noise

By : |December 20, 2012 0

MUMBAI, INDIA: The combined serial inkjet and page printer, copier and multifunction product (MFP) market in India totaled 7,60,778 units in the third quarter of 2012, a 4.7 per cent decline from the third quarter of 2011, according to Gartner, Inc.

However, total end user spending stood at $246.5 million, up 31 percent from the same period last year.

“The festive season did not really resuscitate the printer copier market; as was expected by most of the major hardware providers. With besieged economic environment and green initiatives gaining growing importance, organizations adopted a ‘wait and watch’ approach on their IT spending for peripheral devices,” said Amrita Choudhury, research analyst at Gartner.

“Most of the technology providers suffered on the product front. However, services such as managed print services, cloud printing, and document outsourcing witnessed positive responses from the Indian market. The dissuasion from the home segment continued with shipments in the third quarter of 2012 declining  18 per cent compared to the third quarter of last year, which indicates this will be a fast-declining market compared to the professional segment.”

HP maintained its leadership in the Indian printer, copier and MFP market as its market share totaled 51 per cent, followed by Canon with 23 per cent market share. Epson accounted for nine per cent, while Samsung accounted for eight per cent of market share in the third quarter of 2012.

The Page A4 MFP segment grew 11.5 per cent compared to the third quarter of 2011. The monochrome devices of this segment grew 12 per cent coming from the impetus provided by the small business and government public sectors units PSUs, while the color devices suffered a decline of 20 percent compared to the third quarter of 2011.

The Page A3 MFP segment increased 22.2 per cent compared to the third quarter of 2011. The monochrome segment accounted for more than 95 per cent of the shipments in this segment, and grew 20.2 per cent, similarly, color devices also showed 50.5 per cent increase, mainly driven by the large businesses and reprographic production houses.

Stable demand brought about by the replacement cycle and demand for managed print services also resulted in the healthy growth of this segment.

The page printer market experienced a fall of 5.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2012. 

The Inkjet MFP market dropped 6.2 per cent in unit shipment compared to the third quarter of 2011.

The inkjet printers declined for seven consecutive quarters, as the market declined 24.5 per cent compared to the third quarter of 2011.


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