The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market saw overall shipments grow 5.6% year over year to approximately 27.0 million units in the fourth quarter of 2020 (4Q20). Shipment value during the quarter declined 5.1% to $11.1 billion, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Strong shipment growth in the second half of the year was responsible for the 0.4% overall unit growth for the full year 2020. Market value declined 12.3% for the whole year, however, due to low shipments of high-end office devices.
Notable highlights from the quarter include:
Year-over-year shipment growth was observed in six of the IDC's nine regional markets, with China leading the way at 18.4%. Similar to last quarter, the common theme in 4Q20 was the increased demand for low-end consumer inkjets and monochrome laser devices, which were readily available toward the end of the year at competitive prices.
Both inkjet and laser markets posted year-over-year gains with shipments increasing 7.9% and 3.7%, respectively. In the laser market, low-end A4 monochrome laser shipments grew year over year due to working from home and home education needs.
HP Inc. outperformed all other companies in the top 5 in terms of shipment growth. The vendor delivered a year-over-year increase of 13.7% with worldwide shipments of nearly 11.2 million units in the quarter.
Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market, Unit Shipments, Company Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q4 2020
1. HP Inc.
2. Canon Group
5. Kyocera Group
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, February 6, 2020
IDC tracks A2-A4 devices whose primary application is document printing in the Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker.
Hardcopy Peripherals include single-function printers, multifunction printers (MFPs), and single-function digital copiers (SF DC).
Data for all vendors are reported for calendar periods.
In addition to the table above, a graphic showing the worldwide market share of the top 5 hardcopy peripherals companies over the previous five quarters is available by viewing this press release on IDC.com.
For more information about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, please contact Phuong Hang at email@example.com.
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