New results from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Industrial Printer Tracker show that the market recovery from the Covid-19 crisis continued in the fourth quarter of 2020 (4Q20).
“Every market segment covered by the Industrial Printer Tracker, from large format printers through packaging and label printing systems, saw growth in Q4 compared to Q3,” says Tim Greene, research director at IDC. “As the year progressed, companies resumed investments in digital printing systems. We’re still not all the way back to pre-pandemic shipment and revenue levels, but the market is clearly recovering.”
Worldwide Market Segment Highlights
• Large format printer shipments increased 12% over 3Q20 shipments worldwide. For the full year, large format printer shipments declined by more than 20% year over year.
• New direct-to-shape printer shipments increased 8% in 4Q20 compared to the prior quarter but declined by more than 25% for the year.
• Shipments in the direct-to-garment segment increased 24% in 4Q20 compared to 3Q20, but declined by more than 20% year over year in 2020.
• Label & Packaging printer shipments grew by more than 17% quarter over quarter in 4Q20 but declined 17% for the full year.
• Industrial Textile printer shipments grew by 24% in 4Q20 compared to 3Q20 but were down 25% for 2020 compared to 2019.
Regional Analysis
• Shipments in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region saw sequential growth of almost 20% in 4Q20.
• North America Industrial printer shipments increased 7,3% in 4Q20 compared to 3Q20.
• Shipments in China, which hit their lowest level in 1Q20, grew 6,7% quarter over quarter in 4Q20.
• The rest of the Asia/Pacific region continued the recovery that started in 2Q20 with sequential shipment growth of 19% in 4Q20.