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Inkjets jet on

Canon logoSales of business inkjets showed  16.3 percent growth in the third quarter of 2015, with 2.2 million units shipped.

But while inkjets were a stand out for hardcopy peripherals, the whole sector showed a decline of 6.3 percent, with shipments falling to 25.8 million units, according to data released by IDC.

In the sector,high end colour laser devices churning out 45 pages per minute (PPM) showed 15.3 percent growth in the quarter, compared to the same quarter in 2014.

While most of the top five vendors showed declines in the quarter, Kyocera showed 6.1 percent year on year growth.

The top dog in the hardcopy peripherals market remains HP, with a 38.7 percent market share in the quarter. In second place is Canon (20.5%), then Epson (15.8%), Brother (7.3%) and Samsung (4%). Samsung showed the steepest decline in the quarter, a 21 percent drop.

Hardcopy peripheral market falls

William Caxton's monogramPerhaps the long hyped “paperless” office will come to pass as sales of hardcopy printers fell in the second quarter of this year.

But that is just a really big “perhaps”, because the market is still worth $13.2 billion worldwide, according to IDC figures.

And in some markets, such as the US and Canada, the market is growing by 3.6 percent and 5.8 percent respectively.

High end peripherals which bash out more than 45 pages per minute had a double digit growth in the quarter. IDC said the 45-69ppm monochrome printer sector grew in the second quarter by 17.3 percent.

The 70-90ppm colour segment showed a healthy 72.9 percent growth.

Inkjet printers still sell more than laserjets with a 58.7 percent share.

HP is in number one position, followed by Canon, Epson, Samsung and Brother.

EMEA printer shipments rise in Q3

Printer shipments across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia grew 11.1 percent from the same period a year ago.

According to market research company Context, this compares favourably to the previous quarter, where sales grew 6.2 percent compared to 2009.

Leading the growth was an increase in sales of copier-based multi-function printers (MFP), with year-on-year unit shipments increasing 32.7 percent in Q3 2010. This growth is down to businesses consolidating fleets in the search for lower printing costs.

It was also good news for the all-in-one (AIO) sector, where laser printers grew faster as prices fell. AIO laser printer shipments were up 26.8 percent in Q3 2010 compared to this time last year, while AIO inkjet printer shipments grew four percent over the same period.

In Western Europe copier-based MFP sales were even higher, with the company claiming that units shipped increased 52.3 percent in Q3 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. AIO laser printer sales were up 19.3 percent, and single-function laser printers up 18.7 percent.

Jeremy Davies, CEO and co-founder at Context, said: “The fastest growing region was Central Asia, with shipments into the region growing 35.8 percent in Q3 2010 compared to a year ago.”

He said this was due to an increase in sales of copier-based MFPs, with units shipped up 68.8 percent, and also AIO laser printers, where year-on-year sales grew 53.9 percent in Q3 2010.

Meanwhile, unit shipments grew 6.5 percent in the mature Western European markets, approximately the same rate of growth as previously when sales in Q2 2010 grew 5.9 percent compared to one year ago.

HP triumphed in this sector, leading sales in Q3 2010 across all EMEA and Central Asia regions with a 15.6 percent share of total units shipped. This was up from 12.6 percent in the previous quarter. In second position was Canon with 5.5 percent of the share, followed by Epson with 4.8 percent and Samsung with 2.7 percent.

Brother scraped the barrel with a two percent share.

HP still printer sales top dog in EMEA, sales on the up

The EMEA market for the humble printer is on the up, but reflecting trends in similar markets, it is experiencing slow growth. It’s bad news for environ-mentalists who are looking forward to a print free society, the kind of thing that in reality won’t happen for some time. Context’s report says overall printer sales are up 8.8 percent in EMEA and all-in-ones are dominating the market.

Growth in Western Europe has as usual been dire reaching only six percent year on year. Central and Eastern Europe managed 11.9 percent, then Africa at 12.5 percent. The middle east achieved 13.7 percent growth while Central Asia raked up sales growth of a staggering 85.5 percent year on year. 

Of the economies in the West of Europe the UK performed surprisingly well, proving that while we may not splash out for consumer electronics in a downturn we’re more than ready to buck up and pay for updates on boring necessities. It managed 12.1 percent in Q2 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. 

Strong sales in the Central and Eastern Europe segments boosted monochrome printer sales which enjoyed 9.9 percent growth in the quarter, year on year. All-in-One printer sales have jumped to 46.3 percent year on year in the second quarter of 2010 showing that the average punter wants more bang for his or her buck. 

There are no surprises in the printing vendor Top of the Pops. Hewlett-Packard took the lion’s share with 39.4 percent of all units sold in the region. It beat the number two contender, Canon, by about double which managed to take 18.4 percent of the share. Epson, Brother, Samsung and Lexmark followed with 14.6 percent, 8.0 percent, 6.9 percent and 5.4 percent respectively.

Microsoft licenses Linux software to Japanese firm

Japanese firm I-O Data Device has agreed to pay Redmond giant Microsoft for “patent coverage” of products running Linux and open source software.

The “patent covenants” apply to I-O Data’s network attached storage devices and routers which run Linux.

David Kaefer, general manager at IP licensing at Microsoft said: “Microsoft has a strong track record of collaboration with companies running Linux based offerings, and this agreement is a reflection of our commitment to partner with industry leaders around the world.”

Microsoft has made patent agreements with other companies that use Linux in embedded devices including Brother, Fuji Xerox, Kyocera Mita, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics and TomTom.

Microsoft won’t say what the agreement covers in terms of patents nor how much it’s worth.