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[February 14, 2013]

Worldwide Large Format Printer Shipments Show Uneven Signs of Growth and Decline 3% in the Fourth Quarter of 2012, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--

Most regional markets posted quarter-over-quarter growth in the worldwide large format printer (LFP) market during the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12) while year-over-year sales declined, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker. Overall shipments in the worldwide LFP market were more than 78,000 units in 4Q12, an increase of roughly 5,000 units from 3Q12 but down 3.5% from the fourth quarter of 2011. Year-over-year shipments slowed at similar rates in both mature and emerging markets, -3.7% and -3.2% respectively. For the full year 2012, the global market was also down by 3.5%. While several regional markets enjoyed increases, many experienced single-digit declines.

"While shipments slowed in 2012, in the fourth quarter the trend improved from the prior two quarters," said Phuong Hang, program manager, Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker. "The technical market was stable in 2012, and showed signs of growth in the fourth quarter. The graphics market, however, is still being impacted by the lack of growth in the global economy."

Technology Highlights

  • Shipments of technical printers fared better than the overall market, growing by just under 1% year over year. Technical remains the larger application segment with 45,300 units shipped, accounting for 55% of the total LFP market in the fourth quarter, down from 56% a year earlier. Mature markets grew by 1.6% in 4Q12. For all of 2012, technical shipments were about flat, declining by less than 1%.
  • Shipments in graphics applications declined by 8.6% year over year, capturing 42% of the overall market, down from 44% a year ago, on shipments of 32,800 units. Most markets declined in 4Q12 compared to a year ago, but a few markets enjoyed positive year-over-year growth.

Vendor Highlights

  • Despite a year-over-year decline of 7.2% in shipments, HP remains the global market leader with 40.2% market share, down slightly from a year earlier. HP remains the market leader in its traditional area of strength, the technical market, with more than double the share of its next competitor. HP also held the number two position in the graphics market, trailing market leader Epson.
  • Epson was the number two vendor in the overall LFP market in 4Q12 and continues as the leader of the graphics applications segment, with double the share of the next vendor, HP. Shipments declined slightly year over year, and Epson's share of 21.4% was only 0.3% below a year ago. While technical printers are only a small part of its LFP sales, Epson's technical sales have grown by 160% and its share has nearly tripled in this segment over the past year.
  • Countering the industry trend, Canon (News - Alert)'s shipments grew 11.4% year over year in 4Q12, resulting in its share of the total LFP market growing to 17.7% and solidifying its number three position in the market. Canon increased its share in the technical segment, where it holds the second position, while its share was flat in the graphic segment, where it holds the third spot.
  • Following the top three vendors, there was a sharp drop off to the next vendor, Oce (News - Alert), which held a 3.7% percent share of the overall LFP market in 4Q12. Oce's shipments declined by 14.5% year over year, leading to a half percent drop in share to 3.7%. Oce was the number three vendor in the technical segment.
  • Roland rounded out the top 5 vendors worldwide with a 3.1% share of the worldwide LFP market and enjoyed a small uptick in share resulting from 8% growth in shipments in 4Q12 compared to a year earlier. Roland's strength is the graphics market, where it holds the fourth position worldwide, unchanged from a year earlier.

Worldwide Large Format Printer Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Fourth Quarter 2012




Vendors  

4Q12 Unit
Shipments

   

4Q12 Market
Share

   

4Q11 Unit
Shipments

   

4Q11 Market
Share

   

4Q12/4Q11
Growth

1. HP 31,406 40.2% 33,845 41.8% -7.2%
2. Epson 16,754 21.4% 17,571 21.7% -4.6%
3. Canon 13,860 17.7% 12,442 15.4% 11.4%
4. Oce 2,914 3.7% 3,408 4.2% -14.5%
5. Roland 2,437 3.1% 2,256 2.8% 8.0%
Others 10,755 13.8% 11,437 14.1% -6.0%
Total 78,126 100.0% 80,959 100.0% -3.5%

Source (News - Alert): IDC Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker, February 2013

See Table Notes after the last table.

In addition to the table above, a graphic showing the worldwide market shares of the top 5 LFP vendors for the past five quarters is available at IDC (News - Alert).com. The chart is intended for public use in online news articles and social media. Instructions on how to embed this graphic can be found by viewing this press release on IDC.com.


Worldwide Large Format Printer Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, 2012

Vendors    

2012 Unit
Shipments

   

2012 Market
Share

   

2011 Unit
Shipments

   

2011 Market
Share

   

2012/2011
Growth

1. HP 131,132 42.0% 140,810 43.6% -6.9%
2. Epson 65,651 21.0% 68,088 21.1% -3.6%
3. Canon 49,931 16.0% 47,384 14.7% 5.4%
4. Oce 10,788 3.5% 11,758 3.6% -8.2%
5. Roland 9,542 3.1% 8,831 2.7% 8.1%
Others 44,931 14.4% 46,315 14.3% -3.0%
Total 311,975 100.0% 323,186 100.0% -3.5%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker, February 2013

See Table Notes after the last table.


U.S. Large Format Printer Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Fourth Quarter 2012

Vendors    

4Q12 Unit
Shipments

   

4Q12 Market
Share

   

4Q11 Unit
Shipments

   

4Q11 Market
Share

   

4Q12/4Q11
Growth

1. HP 5,909 38.1% 5,848 36.7% 1.0%
2. Epson 4,013 25.9% 4,232 26.5% -5.2%
3. Canon 2,815 18.2% 2,850 17.9% -1.2%
4. Oce 871 5.6% 978 6.1% -10.9%
5. Roland 514 3.3% 393 2.5% 30.8%
Others 1,384 8.9% 1,639 10.3% -15.6%
Total 15,506 100.0% 15,940 100.0% -2.7%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker, February 2013

See Table Notes after the last table.


U.S. Large Format Printer Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, 2012

Vendors    

2012 Unit
Shipments

   

2012 Market
Share

   

2011 Unit
Shipments

   

2011 Market
Share

   

2012/2011
Growth

1. HP 24,714 39.2% 27,281 41.1% -9.4%
2. Epson 15,183 24.1% 17,750 26.7% -14.5%
3. Canon 11,777 18.7% 10,166 15.3% 15.8%
4. Oce 3,334 5.3% 3,009 4.5% 10.8%
5. Roland 2,021 3.2% 1,530 2.3% 32.1%
Others 6,020 9.5% 6,652 10.0% -9.5%
Total 63,049 100.0% 66,388 100.0% -5.0%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker, February 2013

Notes:

  • IDC tracks A2-A0+ devices in the LFP market
  • The LFP market includes single-function printers, as well as multifunctional systems (MFPs). Data for all vendors are reported for calendar periods.

About IDC Trackers

IDC Tracker products provide accurate and timely market size, vendor share, and forecasts for hundreds of technology markets from more than 100 countries around the globe. Using proprietary tools and research processes, IDC's Trackers are updated on a semiannual, quarterly, and monthly basis. Tracker results are delivered to clients in user-friendly excel deliverables and on-line query tools. The IDC Tracker Charts app allows users to view data charts from the most recent IDC Tracker products on their iPhone and iPad.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. For more than 48 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com.

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