Inkjet Vs. Laser Printer Market Share and Statistics

Inkjet printers and laser printers are two of the most popular printer types in the market today. These can be multifunction printers or MFPs or single function  printers or SFPs. You may want to know how inkjets and lasers compare to each other.

Market share for inkjet and laser printers

With the worldwide shipment of 34 million printer units for the fourth quarter of 2009, these two printer types dominated the market. As proof to that, here are some statistics compiled by the International Data Corporation or IDC:

1. Although the color laser printers took the top spot for previous quarters for the year, it was a different thing for the last quarter of 2009. The monochrome laser printers took over the trend with an overall year-over-year growth of 9.3%. Color laser MFPs lagged behind by 1.3% with only 8% overall growth for the year.

2. With regards vendor unit growth for monochrome laser printers, Samsung was a sure winner with a whopping 60.6% growth.

3. When MFP’s are considered, monochrome laser printers dominate the market as its value shipments for the year amounted to approximately $5.8 billion. However, the color laser market is not left lagging behind and promises to surpass that accomplishment of the monochrome versions.

4. As for inkjet printers, it took 23.8 million of the printers shipped for the fourth quarter of 2009. That is equivalent to 70% of the 34 million total reported for the aforementioned period. In addition to this, the inkjet market sector is said to be the largest penetrator in the world of MFP’s. The rates are above 75% and is far better than any other technology segments. This is despite the fact that the color inkjet MFP posted only the 3rd highest growth at 2 percent lower than that of the color laser MFP’s 8 percent.

Other statistics on inkjet and laser printers

In other parts of the globe the stiff competition between inkjet and laser printers can be noted. As per report shown by the Free Library from IDC Taiwan, there were 132,043 inkjet printers (MFPs) sold for the third quarter of 2009. This indicated an increase of 23.5% quarter-over-quarter and 12.3% year-over-year. For the laser SFP market, a growth of 4.8% quarter-over-quarter and 2.9% year-over-year represented the 27,494 units sold. For color laser MFPs on the other hand, 5,231 units were sold and this indicated 6% growth quarter-over-quarter and 22% growth year-over-year.

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