Despite growth in emerging markets, large-format printer shipments down 5% in Q3

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According to IDC?s Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker, overall shipments in the worldwide LFP market declined 5.0 percent year-over-year to just under 73,000 units in 3Q12. Among the emerging regions, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East enjoyed growth, albeit single digit, in the third quarter. However, these gains were not evenly distributed as emerging markets declined 3.9 percent overall while mature markets declined 5.8 percent year-over-year. “Although shipments have slowed over the past year, IDC expects large format printers to remain a significant market in the future,” said Phuong Hang, program manager of Worldwide Large Format Printer Tracker at IDC. “LFPs are moving into new applications, especially in graphics, that will help to offset losses caused by the sluggish global economy.” Technology highlights The technical application segment saw 42,500 units shipped in 3Q12, yet declined 3.4 percent year over year. Despite this contraction, technical remained the larger market segment with 58 percent share of the total LFP market in the third quarter, up from 57 percent a year earlier. Mature and emerging markets both declined at about the same rate, with each market having some regions increasing, but offset by declines in other regions. The graphics application segment fell 7.0 percent year-over-year in 3Q12 with shipments of 30,400 units accounting for 42 percent of the market, down from 43 percent a year ago. Mature markets showed a higher rate of decline than emerging markets in this segment. The bright spot was Latin America, which showed modest single-digit growth, while all other regions were flat or negative. [caption id="attachment_6436" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Credit: IDC"][/caption] Vendor highlights Despite a year-over-year decline of 10.1 percent in shipments, HP remained the global market leader with 42.4-percent share, a drop of more than two points from a year earlier. HP remains the market leader in its traditional area of strength, the technical market, with more than three times the share of its next competitor. HP also held its second place position in the graphics market, trailing market leader Epson. Epson remains in second place in the LFP market overall, but continues as the leader of the graphics applications segment, with double the share of the next vendor, HP. Shipments declined slightly year-to-year, but Epson was able to hold its share at 20.4 percent overall. While technical printers are only a small part of its LFP sales, Epson has grown shipments and increased share in this segment over the past year. Canon’s shipments increased moderately in the third quarter compared to a year earlier, enabling the vendor to increase its share to 16.2 percent and hold its number 3 position in the overall market. Canon increased its share in both the technical segment, in which it holds the second position, and in the graphic segment, where it is the number 3 vendor. Following the top three vendors, HP, Epson and Canon, there is a sharp drop-off to the next vendor, Oce, which holds a 3.3-percent share of the worldwide LFP market. Oce?s shipments and share declined moderately year over year in 3Q12. Oce maintained its number 3 position in the technical segment. Roland rounded out the top 5 vendors worldwide with a 3.1-percent share of the overall LFP market. Roland enjoyed 9.3 percent year-over-year shipment growth in the third quarter, producing a small uptick in overall share. Roland?s strength is the graphics market, in which it held fourth place worldwide, unchanged from a year earlier. ]]>

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