Short Revival for Single-Function Monochrome Laser Market

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New research from Lyra Research reports that the single-function monochrome laser print market is poised for a short revival before seeing declining shipments through 2015.

The report, The Monochrome Single-Function Laser Printer Revival a Short-Lived Affair: Worldwide Forecast, 2008-2015, looks at the device that has been the standard printer used in offices for more than 25 years and how it is slowly being replaced by multifunction printers (MFP) and color devices that can print in monochrome and color.

According to Lyra, the recession affected the single function monochrome printer laser market in 2009 when unit sales fell by about 30 percent from 2008 levels, or approximately 19 million shipments down to 13 million shipments. In 2010 shipments for the market segment grew to almost 15 million units shipped, still a figure that was less than projected for mid-year 2010.

The research company expects worldwide shipments to experience a short revival through 2013, mostly driven by the SOHO monochrome laser printer segment, before declining through 2015. The report notes that more than 53 percent of units sold in 2010 were priced below $200, an attractive cost to businesses in emerging markets as well as home and SOHO users worldwide.

Looking forward, Lyra expects that factors such as the adoption of managed print services and the migration to shared MFPs will slow the growth of the monochrome laser printer market, most notably in the A4 workgroup segment.

The report details worldwide shipment and revenue figures, average sales prices, and representative products for the small office/home office (SOHO) (sub $200) and small workgroup ($200-$499), A4 and A3 workgroup ($500+), and enterprise and centralized monochrome laser printers.

The report also breaks down the monochrome laser printer shipment figures by region: North America; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific.

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