Canon, HP and Ricoh are all leaders in the worldwide high-speed inkjet Web press market.
This is according to a new IDC MarketScape vendor assessment profiling the leading providers in the this market.
“Because of their low cost per page, speed, and reliability, inkjet Web presses are primed and ready to play an even more critical role in shaping the future for high volume print and mailing applications,” says Amy Machado, senior analyst in IDC’s hardcopy peripheral solutions group.
“Vendors who can provide such solutions and successfully build the infrastructure to support these offerings will put themselves in a solid position for future success in the evolving production print market.”
The vendors included in this IDC MarketScape analysis are: Canon; FujiFilm; HP; Imprika; Kodak; Miyakoshi; PB; Ricoh; Screen; and Xerox.
In addition to the vendors identified as Leaders, six vendors were named as “Major Players”; they are Kodak, Miyakoshi, PB, Screen, and Xerox/Imprika.
Additional key findings from the report include the following:
* When a company is producing tens of millions of pages per month, it is an important business process that requires reliable equipment and a consistent source of ink and media to assure its uninterrupted 24/7 operation.
* Customers purchasing multi-million dollar Web presses expect a substantial ongoing commitment to innovation from their vendor partner to add features, support new substrates, and to remain competitive or expand their markets.
* Operational reliability drives the trend toward users preferring self-service models with no “click” charges. Users who self-maintain and buy supplies as needed gain flexibility by varying ink usage according to quality requirements and job pricing.
* Vendors need to react and adjust to profit margin pressures as market maturity and increased competition cause price compression of hardware and of inks.