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Massive Growth of Over 50% in Laser MFD Market, Finds IDC

  • 31 March, 2006 13:36

<p>NORTH SYDNEY, March 31st, 2006 - IDC has recently released the results for the Australian total laser Multi-Function Device (MFD) market in Q4 2005. Findings revealed that the Australian laser MFD market grew less than 1% sequentially but increased 50.5% from the same period in 2004.</p>
<p>IDC views copier based MFDs as being primarily in the high end/high volume section of the market. Whereas printer based MFDs reside in the low end/low volume segment of the market. The printer and copier based markets are converging in the low end colour space and creating havoc for vendors. In fact the printer based colour MFDs grew 2212% while copier based colour MFDs declined by 1% from the last quarter of 2004.</p>
<p>Katarzyna Czubak said, "The laser MFD market has seen major commodization and downward pressure on cost per page. This is causing fundamental changes in the market positioning of printer and copier based MFD vendors. End users now require more 'bang for their buck' from the devices, so copier vendors are introducing higher end devices and slowly leaving the low end of the market for printer based MFDs."</p>
<p>IDC's Czubak also noted, "HP had a solid quarter to maintain first position with almost 17% market share. Canon had a market share decline of almost 2.5% sequentially, which was caused by decrease in printer based MFDs sales. Fuji Xerox finished in third position gaining almost 2% market share sequentially as a result of the introduction of new models. Brother was able to rise to the fourth position in the market as they introduced their first colour MFD during the quarter. Rounding out the top 5 was Samsung, who declined by over 2% in market share."</p>
<p>Top 5 Laser MFD Vendor Market Share</p>
<p>Overall Share:
HP 16.9%,
Canon 14.9%,
Xerox 13.6%,
Brother 9.4%,
Samsung 8.9%,
Others 36.3%</p>
<p>For press enquiries please contact:
Katarzyna Czubak,
Associate Analyst, Peripherals,
Phone: 61 2 9925 2202</p>
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