Indian Printer Shipments Q3 2004 results

By siliconindia staff writer   |   Thursday, 25 November 2004, 08:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE:Gartner has announced figures on the printer market for the third quarter of 2004. The total printer unit shipment of Indian printer market was recorded 349,000 units in Q3 2004 which showed a 3.5% increase in unit shipments quarter over quarter. This total figure includes dye sublimation, line and serial dot matrix printers, single function inkjet and laser printers. In comparison to the same period in 2003, the total printer unit shipment increased by 2.9%.

The page printer shipment declined at 3.2% from 70,400 units of shipment in Q2 2004 to 68,200 units in Q3 2004 contributed to the slightly growth of Indian printer market in Q3 2004. The negative growth rate of page printer shipment was caused by the decreased monochrome page printer shipments at 3.5% over last quarter but at 44.8% increase year over year. The growth of color page printer shipment was recorded at 6.4% increase in unit over last quarter and at 93.9% increase year over year.

The single-function inkjet printer market recorded 173,000 units in Q3 by 0.2% increase in units over last quarter. The inkjet multifunctional products (MFPs) shipment recorded 57,400 units with a 52.1% increased in units over Q2 2004 and a 70.4% increased in units over the same period in 2003.

"The major growth area in the market mainly came from the serial dot matrix printer by 14.7% increase over last quarter as a result of printer replacements and increased consumer demands in different segments of the printer market in Q3. The competitive pricing, and multiple function capabilities of inkjet MFP encouraged Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) and Small and Medium Business (SMB) customers to purchase Inkjet MFPs rather than single-function printers" said Jackie Yeung, Analyst for Hardware and Systems, Asia/Pacific, Gartner.

Hewlett-Packard retained a leading position at a 37.4% market share by unit. Epson followed to Hewlett-Packard at 23.7% market share by unit. (Refer to Table 1). Epson and Canon recorded positive year over year growth rates at 30.0% and 8.3% respectively.

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