*NEWS*LASERS BOOST MFP PRINTERS IN ASIA

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*NEWS*LASERS BOOST MFP PRINTERS IN ASIA

 user 2007-03-22 at 10:04:00 am Views: 56
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    IDC: Lasers boost multifunction printers in Asia
    Businesses in the Asia-Pacific region are lapping up printers that do more than print.
    According
    to the latest report by IDC, the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan,
    shipped 8.1 million multifunction printers (MFPs) in 2006, a 28 percent
    growth over the previous year.Increased demand for laser MFPs accounted
    for much of MFP sales in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in
    developing markets such as China, India and the Philippines. The
    region’s total laser MFP shipments registered a 46 percent growth over
    2005, soaring to slightly more than 2 million units in 2006.Laser MFP
    models with document speeds of between 1 and 20 pages per minute (ppm)
    exhibited the most growth. IDC noted that this form factor grew 25
    percent in unit shipments in 2006 to reach 580,000 units.Francine Khoo,
    senior analyst for IDC’s Asia-Pacific MFP research, predicted that
    laser MFPs in this performance category will continue to do well in the
    MFP market over the next five years.”Low-priced offerings in this
    market segment are penetrating homes and replacing inkjet and laser
    printers,” said Khoo in a statement.Khoo added that the increasing
    number of network-capable laser MFPs in the 1-20ppm market segment will
    see greater adoption from small and medium-sized companies due to
    falling prices.

    According to IDC, laser MFPs in the 31ppm
    segment will compete with similar offerings from copier vendors by
    2010, as printer vendors are likely to launch better price-performance
    offerings to better penetrate enterprises. Models below the 31ppm
    class, IDC noted, will continue to serve the consumer space.Another
    segment likely to blossom over the next half decade is the color MFP
    segment. Laser MFPs capable of printing color constituted 5 percent of
    overall laser MFP shipments in 2006. According to IDC, this market
    segment is expected to reach 9 percent by 2011, driven by falling
    hardware prices as well as lower running costs.IDC said that it also
    expects fax-based laser MFPs to continue cannibalizing the
    single-function fax machine segment. However, as more varieties of MFPs
    start entering the market, the analyst company forecasted the Average
    Selling Value (ASV) of these machines to fall below US$300 by
    2008.While all Asia-Pacific countries are expected to show a positive
    compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for laser MFPs through 2011, IDC
    singled out India, China and Vietnam to experience the strongest CAGR
    due to the comparatively lower laser MFP penetration in these
    developing economies.