The printer market is not immune to the financial crisis in Asia-Pacific, according to Dataquest, which has reported a fall in the overall number of printer shipments for the second quarter of this year. Shipments in Australia were down by 6 per cent.
Printer shipments in Asia-Pacific as a whole fell to 1.6 million units, a decline of 8.7 per cent compared to the same period in 1997, the market research company said.
On the bright side, printer shipments in China - the largest market for printers in Asia-Pacific - soared 77 per cent in the second quarter of this year over the same period in 1997, while shipments in India rose 33 per cent.
According to Dataquest, the inkjet printer market in China grew 150 per cent, accounting for 41 per cent of the country's total printer market.
Dividing up Asia-Pacific's printer market, China has the largest piece of the pie with a 33 per cent share, Dataquest said, followed by Australia (17 per cent), South Korea (12 per cent), Taiwan (10 per cent) and India (somewhat more than 6 per cent).