The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market declined 1.2% year over year to approximately 25 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2018 (3Q18), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Both inkjet and laser unit shipments experienced a year-over-year decline in the quarter, falling 1.5% and 0.7% respectively. Notable highlights from the quarter include:
The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APeJ) region delivered year-over-year growth in unit shipments for the fifth consecutive quarter, increasing 0.9% in 3Q18. The top three contributors to the region’s growth were China, India, and the Philippines. Inkjet growth in the region was largely driven by ink tank printers, which saw a 22.1% increase. This was the first quarter where Ink Tank shipments were greater than Ink Cartridge, making Ink Tank the leading product in the inkjet market for APeJ with 51.1% share.
Color laser’s year-over-year growth of 2.3% was helped by strong performances from 21-30 ppm and 31-44 pm devices. Four of the top 5 companies (in terms of units), including HP Inc., Canon Group, Brother, and Ricoh Group, recorded year-over-year expansion in color laser shipments.
Canon Group outperformed all the other companies in the top 5 with year-over-year shipment growth of 7.7% to approximately 5.3 million units. The U.S. market was one of the key contributors to the company’s results, delivering a 20% increase in inkjet and 41% expansion in the laser market.
|Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market, Unit Shipments, Company Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q3 2018 (based on unit shipments)|
|Companies||3Q18 Unit Shipments||3Q18 Market Share||3Q17 Unit Shipments||3Q17 Market Share||3Q18/3Q17 Growth|
|1. HP Inc||10,180,524||40.8%||10,482,001||41.5%||-2.9%|
|2. Canon Group||5,319,363||21.3%||4,940,185||19.6%||+7.7%|
|5. Kyocera Group||483,712||1.9%||481,254||1.9%||+0.5%|
|Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, August 2018|