Worldwide Large Format Printer Shipments up 6% in the First Half of 2017, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CADprinter–The International Data Corporation (IDC)
Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker
found that large format
printer (LFP) shipments increased by 6% year over year in the first half
of 2017 (1H17) while printer revenue grew by almost 2% when compared to
the first half of 2016.

“These results illustrate the continued growth in the large format
market,” said Tim
, research director, Hardcopy Solutions. “Also that
manufacturers and dealers are incentivizing new printer shipments with
discounts, bundles, and aggressive promotions. Recovery in technology
categories like eco-solvent and toner-based printers have run counter to
some of the market trends over the past few quarters to create bit of a
surprisingly strong second quarter.”

Segment Highlights

  • Shipments in the large format CAD/Technical printer market segment
    grew by over 2% in 1H17, driven by strong growth in single-pass CAD
    inkjet printers in the large format toner-based printer segment.
  • Shipments on the graphics side were up by 10% in the first half of the
    year with a strong showing from UV-curable, Latex, and dye-sublimation

Regional Highlights

  • The first half of 2017 saw strong growth in the North American market
    with shipments up by 16% driven primarily by large format aqueous
    inkjet printers.
  • Latin America was another growth market through the first half of 2017
    fueled by strong shipments of large format dye-sublimation inkjet

Vendor Highlights

There was no movement among the top five large format printer suppliers
in terms of shipments. In the first half of 2017. The top five companies
were HP Inc, Canon-Oce, Seiko Epson, Roland DG, and Mimaki.

  • HP Inc. continued to lead the large format digital printer
    market with over 34% of shipments and almost 24% of revenue when all
    equipment categories are combined.
  • Canon-Oce maintained its number two position among large format
    printer manufacturers and grew its share of the total market to over
    20% of total shipments.
  • Seiko Epson was the third-largest large format printer supplier
    in terms of shipments worldwide. Epson saw growth in its eco-solvent
    and dye-sublimation inkjet printer shipments.
  • Roland DG was the number 4 large format printer company. In the
    first half of 2017 Roland grew its UV printer business by almost 75%
    over its 1H 2016 levels.
  • Mimaki was the number five supplier of large format printers
    worldwide through the first half of 2017 and also saw considerable
    growth in its UV printer shipments.
Worldwide Large Format Printer Shipments and Revenue Share 1H 2017
Company   1H17 Unit Share   1H17 Revenue Share
1. HP Inc   34.2%   23.7%
2. Canon-Oce   20.1%   11.7%
3. Epson   14.7%   8.0%
4. Roland   2.7%   6.1%
5. Mimaki   2.4%   5.1%
Others   25.9%   45.4%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker, August

In addition to the table above, a graphic illustrating worldwide market
share for the top 5 LFP companies over the previous five quarters can be
found by viewing this
press release on

Other Highlights

  • Dye-sublimation inkjet printer shipments grew by 31% in the first half
    of 2017 when compared to the first half of 2016.
  • Surprisingly, large format eco-solvent inkjet printer shipments grew
    by several hundred units in 1H17 with the majority of that growth
    coming from the Asia/Pacific region.
  • Large format UV-curable inkjet printer shipments continued to be a
    bright spot within the large format market, growing by over 40% year
    over year.


  • 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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