Hardcopy sales take a dip

Hans GutenbergIn 1975 pundits were telling us we’d all soon be working in a paperless office but 40 years on that just isn’t the case.

And although the worldwide hardcopy market fell slightly in the first quarter of this year, the industry still managed to ship 25.8 million units, a decline of 2.5 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

IDC said inkjet still rules the roost compared to laser printers, but it’s in some laser segments that vendors are seeing growth.

Here are the top vendors in the quarter.

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Colour laser printers increased by two percent in the quarter while monochrome lasers fell by 3.1 percent. The best segment in that category is the 11 to 20 pages per minute (PPM) market and HP sold loads of Laserjet Pro M476 MFP (multifunction printers) in the quarter.

The next IDC chart shows how the printer versus MFP sectors compared in the quarter.


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