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U.S. and Japan Show Growth in Large Format Printer Shipments in the Second Quarter of 2013, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — According to the latest results from the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker, the market showed a year-over-year decline of -4.2%, with nearly 73,000 units shipped in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13). Shipment value also experienced a year-over-year decline of -3.2% to $781 million. However, for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2010, two of the four largest large format printer (LFP) markets posted year-over-year growth in this period. The United States and Japan posted 5.0% and 4.2% growth in unit shipments in 2Q13.

“While the worldwide LFP market is mature, we do see pockets of growth opportunity that can be very lucrative in the eco-solvent based printers segment. We expect vendors to introduce new products soon to target these emerging markets,” said Phuong Hang, Program ManagerWorldwide Large Format Printer Tracker.

Technology Highlights

  • The technical segment of the large format market is a driver of growth opportunity. This segment grew 2.4% year over year to more than 43,700 units shipped in 2Q13. It remains the largest application segment with more than 60% share of the total worldwide LFP market. This share is up 4 points from this time last year. In particular, the Americas region showed year-over-year unit growth of 17.8% in this large format category for 2Q13.
  • Conversely, the graphics application segment declined at -12% year over year to just under 29,000 units shipped. One bright spot occurred in the Japan market where these printers showed historically high 28% year-over-year growth.

Vendor Highlights

  • HP remains the global LFP market leader with 39.4% share, even with a two point share drop from a year earlier. HP continues to lead the technical market, with more than twice the unit shipments of its next competitor, Canon. HP also held its second place position in the graphics market behind Epson.
  • Canon jumped one spot up from last quarter to become the second ranked vendor with 18.9% share, up 5 points from a year ago. The vendor grew 15.5%, the best year-over-year performance among the top 5, to 13,756 units shipped. This positive growth was driven by substantial 23.6% year-over-year gain in the technical market.
  • Epson is the third ranked large format vendor, down one place, from last quarter. The vendor declined -14.4% year over year in terms of unit shipments and represents 18.6% share in the worldwide LFP market. Despite showing significant year-over-year growth (102.6%) in the technical application segment, Epson experienced a decline of -24.1% in the graphics segment, which resulted in 13,501 units shipped in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Roland surpassed Oce to become the fourth ranked vendor in the worldwide LFP market in terms of units shipped. The vendor increased 12.0% year over year in unit shipments and accounts for 3.8% share. Positive year-over-year gain of 12.0% in the graphics market helped fuel the vendor’s overall growth.
  • Oce rounded out the top 5 after losing out to Roland by less than 0.5%. The vendor experienced year-over-year growth of -5.1% and captured 3.6% share of the global LFP market. Oce’s 17.8% year-over-year growth in the technical application segment was offset by a decline of -19.1% in the graphics segment. The vendor holds third place in the technical market.

Worldwide Large Format Printer Market Share and Year-Over-Year Growth, Second Quarter 2013

Vendors 2Q13 Unit
2Q13 Market
2Q12 Unit
2Q12 Market
1. HP 28,620 39.4% 31,582 41.7% -9.4%
2. Canon 13,756 18.9% 11,911 15.7% 15.5%
3. Epson 13,501 18.6% 15,775 20.8% -14.4%
4. Roland 2,767 3.8% 2,471 3.3% 12.0%
5. Oce 2,592 3.6% 2,731 3.6% -5.1%
Others 11,403 15.7% 11,327 14.9% 0.7%
Total 72,639 100.0% 75,797 100.0% -4.2%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker, August 2013

Worldwide Large Format Printer Shipment Value Share and Year-Over-Year Growth, Second Quarter 2013

Vendors 2Q13
Value ($M)
2Q13 Market
Value ($M)
2Q12 Market
1. HP $188.76 24.2% $218.52 27.1% -13.6%
2. Oce $83.25 10.7% $84.74 10.5% -1.8%
3. Epson $74.77 9.6% $78.56 9.7% -4.8%
4. Roland $55.98 7.2% $47.61 5.9% 17.6%
5. Canon $55.16 7.1% $48.82 6.1% 13.0%
Others $323.03 41.4% $328.21 40.7% -1.6%
Total $780.95 100.0% $806.46 100.0% -3.2%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker, August 2013


  • IDC tracks A2-A0+ devices in the LFP market
  • The LFP market includes single-function printers, as well as multifunctional systems (MFPs). Data for all vendors are reported for calendar periods.

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