EMEA SHIPMENTS OF MFP’S HIT 22MILLION

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EMEA SHIPMENTS OF MFP’S HIT 22MILLION

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    EMEA shipments of multifunction printers hits 22 million
    Sector jumps five per cent year-on-year
    Shipments
    of page printers, copiers and multifunction printers (MFP) in EMEA
    jumped five per cent to 22 million units in the first half of 2006, new
    research has revealed.According to Gartner, colour page copier and
    inkjet MFP sales fuelled the buoyant market in the first half of the
    year, increasing year-on-year by 98 per cent and 24 per cent
    respectively.A greater range of colour offerings and lower average
    selling prices stimulated colour penetration in the business segment.In
    addition, the demand for single function inkjet printers lowered as
    consumers opted for better value MFP alternatives with particularly
    high demand for photo-centric MFP products.The analyst firm reported
    that low-end page printers boosted the overall page printer market in
    the first half of 2006 and became an affordable alternative to inkjet
    devices. Page printer shipments increased 10 per cent from the same
    period last year.”HP excelled in the colour page market by gaining 14
    per cent market share points from its competitors in the second quarter
    of 2006, which helped the company secure its domination in the first
    half of 2006,” said Cecile Drew, principal analyst at Gartner.”HP also
    performed well in the inkjet market thanks to a good mix of MFPs and
    printer offerings, an aggressive advertising campaign across Europe and
    competitive prices.”Epson had a “difficult period”, failing to keep
    pace with the market and losing share in key countries, such as the UK,
    Italy and Russia.Brother had the strongest growth in the first half of
    the year, growing 42 per cent from the same period last year.Gartner
    predicts that the inkjet and page technology markets for printers,
    copiers and MFDs are on track to reach 54 million units in 2006, a 13
    per cent increase from last year.”Vendors will continue to consolidate
    product lines during the second half of the year, and strong demand for
    low-end MFPs will sustain as they remain attractive alternatives to
    single function devices in the small office/home office segment,” said
    Drew