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World production printer shipments grow


The worldwide production print market enjoyed 9,4% year-over-year growth in unit shipments in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15).
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Production Printer Tracker, unit shipments grew to approximately 9 279 units (printers and MFPs) and shipment value increased 6% to nearly $1,1-billion in the same time period.
Market highlights from the second quarter include the following:
* All of IDC’s regional markets saw positive year-over-year unit growth in the production print space. Key contributors to the worldwide growth were Latin America (32,7%), Middle East & Africa (30,7%), and Western Europe (19,7%).
* All categories in the production print market recorded year-over-year gains. Mid-production shipments grew 5,8% year over year while production shipments increased 25,8% and label & packaging was up 18,3%.
* Colour laser shipments grew 24,8% year over year in 2Q15. The Xerox Versant 2100 Press and Konica Minolta bizhub Press C1100/C1085 have each made strong gains in this segment and contributed significantly to the growth of colour laser space.
“Production-class presses had a strong second quarter, with both colour and monochrome performing well. For colour laser, the Versant 2100 from Xerox is off to a robust start. HP also found high demand for its Indigo 7800. In monochrome, the United States remains the largest market. The Canon OcĂ© VarioPrint 6200 family and the Ricoh Pro 8100 presses continue to grab cutsheet share. High speed inkjet saw a slip following a record breaking first quarter, but we expect that segment — with long selling cycles — to rebound in the coming quarters,” says Amy Machado, senior research analyst: hardcopy peripheral solutions at IDC.