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 user 2006-03-23 at 11:19:00 am Views: 105
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    Multifunction Inkjets Cross the Million Units Milestone in 2005
    SYDNEY, March, 2006 – Multifunction inkjet device market in Australia
    crossed the million units milestone at the close of 2005, according to
    the results of IDC’s latest hardcopy peripherals research. The
    milestone signifies a healthy growth of 24% over 2004 off a robust base.

    inkjets have been registering a solid growth year-on-year since 2004.
    “While the initial round of growth in sales was driven primarily by the
    novelty factor associated with multiple functions integrated into a
    single printing and imaging device, the latter part of the growth was
    catalysed largely by low prices, coupled with sustained vendor
    aggressiveness. However, IDC expects the growth to be relatively softer
    in 2006, as the market begins to stabilise gradually”, said Rishi Ghai,
    Peripherals Analyst for IDC Australia.
    Low price points have been
    the highlight of 2005. The sub-A$150 devices, which constituted only
    11% of multifunction inkjet sales in 2004, accounted for a substantial
    42% of the shipments in 2005.
    “It is interesting to note that while
    in 2004 only one vendor had offerings in the sub-A$150 space, 2005
    witnessed all multifunction inkjet vendors enter this segment as a key
    focus area. With price competition still possessing momentum, the
    entry-level level devices are expected to grow their share of shipments
    further during the course of 2006″, added Mr Ghai.
    Vendor rankings
    (in unit shipment terms) saw a shuffle in 2005 as compared with the
    previous year. While HP continued to garner the highest share, Canon
    displaced Lexmark one rank down to occupy the second position. Epson
    maintained its fourth rank, while Brother overtook Dell to claim the
    fifth position.
    Multifunction Inkjet Vendor Rankings, 2005 (in unit shipment terms):

    • HP: 39.5%, • Canon: 19.1%, • Lexmark: 17.9%, • Epson: 11.0%, • Brother: 7.4%, • Dell: 5.1%