FRAMINGHAM, USA: Most regional markets posted YoY growth during the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2013 (4Q13), leading to a 4.1 percent YoY increase in the worldwide large format printer (LFP) market, as stated by the International Data Corporation (IDC).
Overall shipments in the worldwide large format market grew to 82,000 units in 4Q13, which is an increase of 4,000 units from the third quarter. Both mature and emerging markets had positive YoY growth in 4Q13, at 3.6 percent and 4.8 percent respectively. Despite experiencing a strong second half, the global market finished the full year 2013 with a YoY decline of 1.7 percent in unit shipments.
“There are multiple growth opportunities in this market. For instance, improved speeds and image quality can boost aqueous sales into the technical space. Latex ink-based products will be a growth driver as well. Vendors are touting lower power consumption of this technology, and the ability to print white ink accesses applications that use transparent media,” alleged Phuong Hang, program director, Worldwide Large Format Printer Tracker.
Shipments of technical printers had their third consecutive quarter of growth in 4Q13, increasing 6.9 percent YoY. Technical remained the larger application segment with 49,500 units shipped and a 60 percent share of the total LFP market in the fourth quarter, up from 59 percent a year earlier. Mature markets grew by 8.4 percent in the quarter. For all of Fiscal 2013, technical shipments increased 4.6 percent YoY to 1, 10,800 units.
Shipments in graphics applications were flat compared to a year in the past. With 32,500 units shipped, this segment accounted for 40 percent of the overall market, down 1 point from a year ago. Emerging markets enjoyed 4.8 percent year-over-year increase while mature markets declined 3.2 percent YoY.
HP grew 3.9 percent YoY to 32,801 units shipped, resulting in 40 percent cut, for all intents and purposes unchanged from that of a year back. HP stands as the market leader in its traditional area of strength, the technical market, with more than double the share of its next competitor, Canon. HP also held its second place position in the graphics market, trailing market leader Epson, that is.
Canon climbed one spot from last quarter to emerge as the number 2 vendor in the worldwide large format printers market. Canon grew 8.5 percent YoY to 18,247 units shipped and a 22.3 percent share. Canon’s shipments grew YoY in both technical and graphics segments. Canon completed the full year 2013 with 7.5 percent YoY growth.
Epson took the number 3 position in the global LFP market with 20.2 percent share, down 1 point from a year ago. The vendor declined 1.1 percent YoY to 16,577 units shipped. Epson ranked third in the overall technical market and continued as the leader of the graphics applications segment, with more than double the share of the next competitor, HP. The vendor declined 4.5 percent YoY for full year 2013.
Roland consolidated its position as the number 4 vendor in the worldwide large format printers market by growing 17.2 percent YoY in 4Q13, resulting in 3.7 percent share and 3,009 units shipped. Roland’s strength is the graphics market, in which it held fourth place worldwide, unchanged from a year earlier. The vendor posted a 13.6 percent year over year increase for the full Fiscal year 2013.
Ricoh rounded out the top five vendors with 2.6 percent share in the overall LFP market. The vendor enjoyed significant YoY growth of 41.8 percent to 2,126 units shipped in the quarter. The technical segment remained Ricoh’s main focus as the vendor does not have any shipments in the graphics market. Ricoh enjoyed YoY growth in all four quarters of Fiscal 2013, bringing its full year result to a 24.2 percent increase. This is Ricoh’s third consecutive year of market growth.