Multifunction printer sales have continued to grow at a faster rate than single-function laser and inkjet models, according to the latest figures from analysts at IDC. Shipments of laser MFPs were up by 38 per cent in Q2, with inkjet MFPs also managing growth of 26 per cent. Single-function lasers and inkjets recorded growth of 29 per cent and 6 per cent respectively.
IDC analyst, Rishi Ghai, said MFPs were beginning to gain momentum as companies shifted from single-function machines. The shift can only be good news for the channel, with greater margins up for grabs.
"It's been a prominent trend for a long time," he said. "MFPs offer more value for money from the perspective of vendors and end-users."
Current market trends are seeing smaller business migrating from inkjet printers to laser printers, other business shifting from monochrome to colour lasers, and enterprises opting for MFP solutions or managed print services as opposed to the traditional single-function printers.
HP is currently leading the overall Australian printer market with a 29 per cent share of total shipments.
A good performance in the single-function inkjet space saw Canon place a close second (27 per cent).
Ghai said vendors that were capable of offering diverse products were able to proactively track and manage the changing preferences of customers.
This would see them emerge as winners in the long run, he said.