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Inkjet Vs. Laser Printer Market Share and Statistics

Monday, April 12th, 2010

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.

Worldwide Printer and Printer Cartridge Sales Market Share and Statistics

Monday, April 12th, 2010

You might be wondering about how printers and printer ink cartridges fair in the worldwide market? Are printer manufacturers affected by the world economic crisis? The answers can be seen using some statistical information.

Sales of Printers Worldwide

For the first half of 2009, Gartner reported 20.2% decline in worldwide printer shipments as compared to the first half of 2009. There were only 53 million units of printers shipped as against the 64.2 million shipments made in the first half of 2008. Regional sales were all affected by the downward trend.

As proof to that, Eastern Europe showed 41.8% decline while the Middle East shipments went down by 28%. Shipments of printers to Latin America also posted a 22.9% decline. The statistics per printer brand were as follows:

1. HP from 27.8 million to 20.5 million units, equivalent to a decline of 26.4%.

2. Canon from 10.8 million units in 2008 to 9.7 million units in 2009 or a 9.8% decline.

3. Epson from 8.8 million to 1.1 million units less in 2009 or a total reduction in shipments of 17.4%

4. Brother from 3.4 million units shipped in 2008 to only 3.1 million units shipped in the first half of 2009 or a decrease of 8.5%.

5. Samsung printer shipments were 2.8 million in 2008 and 2.5 million units in 2009. This showed decline of 10.5%.

6. Other printer brands which shipped around 10.4 million units in 2008, shipped only 8 million units for the first half of 2009. This represents a 23.2% decline.

But at the close of year 2009, positive variances were noted by the International Data Corporation or the IDC. Ending the first-half of 2009 decline is a growth of 3.4% or 34 million units shipped in the 4th quarter of 2009 alone. Seventy percent of the units shipped or 23.8 million are inkjet printers. Here are some regional data:

1. Western Europe landed on the top spot in terms of number of printers shipped at 8.2 million pieces. But it only ranked second to the US in terms of shipment value. In Central and Eastern Europe, there was a decline of 2.4% but for the Middle East and Africa, a whopping increase of 20.1% was noted. As a whole, the EMEA or the Europe, Middle East Africa statistics for each printer brand are as follows: (1) Largest for HP at an 11% growth; (2) suffered a decline for Canon shipments at 8%; (3) growth of 3% for Epson printers; decline of 35% for Brother printer shipments; and an increase of 39% for Samsung printers.

2. The United States showed an overall shipment value of $4.4. billion in the world making it the top seller for printers in the fourth quarter of 2009. Statistics for various printer brands are as follows: (1) HP at 3% growth; Canon at 6% growth; (3) Epson at 4% growth; (4) 1% decrease for Brother; and (5) 15% decline for Samsung.

3. The Asia Pacific region, except Japan, made 7.2 million units of shipments for the fourth quarter of 2009 thus landing at the third spot. Overall shipment value for the region increased by 18.1 %. Shipments of printers for each manufacturer are as follows: (1) 2% growth for HP; (2) 11% growth for Canon; (3) 16% growth for Epson; (4) no growth for Brother; and (5) 35% for Samsung.

4. Japan ranked third in terms of shipment value for printers in the fourth quarter of 2009 making around $2.2 billion. But it posted a decline of 2.7% in terms of shipment value growth rate.

Worldwide Printer Cartridge Sales

Some changes in worldwide statistics also affect the sale of printer supplies like printer cartridges. Because genuine printer cartridges are more expensive than third party replacements, most consumers opt for the latter. This then resulted to approximately $3 billion average annual sales for the cartridge-replacement industry.

US Printer and Printer Cartridge Sales Market Share and Statistics

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Over the years, people tend to presume that the United States is one of the primary users of printers and printer ink cartridges. But this is just a matter of speculation. What is the reality behind it? We will never know unless we have actual statistics on hand.

Sales of US Printers

Since 2005, the pattern for printer sales seems to change yearly. As per Gartner’s records, printer shipments and sales totaled to approximately 5.9 million units of inkjet printers and 1.5 million units of page printers in 2005. But several months after that, at the close of the second quarter of 2006, inkjet printer shipment declined to 5.5 million units but shipments for page printers increased to 1.7 million units. The total decline is around 4.2% and was attributable to poor photo printer sales.

As of the fourth quarter of 2009 however, printer sales increased to 3.6% on the worldwide scale. Owe this to the 34 million units sold worldwide. In the list provided by the International Data Corporation (IDC), the US market remained to be in very good shape when compared to other regions in the world.

As the industry’s frontrunner, US posted printer shipments amounting to $4.4 billion at the close of the year 2009. This made it the highest in terms of sales. In terms of number of printers shipped however, US ranked number two after Western Europe with only 7.8 million units sold. The United States ranked fourth and fifth in terms of shipment growth and shipment value growth respectively.

When it comes to sales in the US according to the different brands of printers, here are some statistics from IDC for the year 2009.:

1. HP printer sales in the US were posted at 3% growth.

2. US was the best performing region for Canon printer sales at 14%.

3. The US ranked second in terms of Epson printer sales with a growth of 4%.

4. The US posted a 10% decline in Brother printer sales.

5. Another decline of 15% was attributed to Samsung printer sales.

US Printer Cartridge Sales

Printer Cartridges Online revealed that there is an average of $21 billion sales for printer cartridges in the United States alone. HP, the world’s largest major provider of printer and ink cartridges was able to predict revenue of $6.2 billion for the first quarter of 2010. This was according to Scott Ferguson’s article published via eWeek. But among all types of printer cartridges, inkjet cartridge sales are growing in number. This is basically because around 7 out of 10 printers sold in the market today are inkjet printers.

The US printer cartridge market is being dominated by refilling market franchisors. Because of them, printer cartridge sales increase yearly. One of the top providers in the US is  Cartridge World that showed a 13% increase in sales of printer cartridges from 2007 to 2008. Other franchisors that are having their fair share in the market are: Caboodle Cartridge that belongs to the $30 billion US printer cartridge industry; and Rapid Refill Ink that made a name in the industry after it ranked 11th in the list of the New Entrepreneur’s Franchise.

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