Posted Date 08/01/13
You’ve been hearing about paperless offices and other work arrangements. You’ve also heard of the possibility that printers will go out of mode due to digitalization.
While there indeed is less printing done in the world today, the widely touted “paperless society” still remains an ideal. This is despite solid data proving that global print page volumes shrank 1.5%. According to the IDC, from the 3.03 trillion pages recorded in 2011, figures show only 2.98 trillion pages were printed last year in 2012.
Although last year’s figure were thousands shy of the 2011 volume, the fact remains that printing is still an essential need in various sectors in society.
However, with the recorded decline in print page volumes, the printing market cannot afford to be lax. IDC’s findings should serve as a timely reality check, given that there are printer vendors who believe that the widespread use and consumption of digital content will induce more printing activity.
The reality is that digital work arrangements are indeed making an impact on annual printing figures. The IDC, for one, is predicting flat global print page volumes from 2013 up to 2017.
Currently, page volumes in developed markets have steadily declined. The arrested growth is also one of the consequences of considerable progress made in emerging markets. On a more promising note, there has been some increase in print volumes coming from mobile devices.
The IDC also projects that Asia Pacific, with the exception of Japan, will be posting the highest print page volumes by the time 2015 rolls in. China and India, in particular, were predicted to be the leaders in the said region. At present, the U.S. has the top position in terms of the most pages printed.
The IDC also revealed other information with regards to printing.
The organization has predicted that around half of tablet and smartphone owners will be using office printers in 2015. This is because mobile printing is gaining more ground in developed markets, despite the fact that about a third of tablet users and approximately half of smartphone users do not know how to print from their respective gadgets.
Aside from this, there is a 2% increase in global page volumes for multi-function printers. Emerging markets gained a 13.2% growth, while developed regions posted a decrease of 4.2%.
Although monochrome laser printers will still get the most percentage, volumes will be sluggish. On the other hand, color laser prints will get a boost.
Except Japan, Asia Pacific gained 10% page growth. Latin America comes in second with a 6.7% increase while print pages in Europe, Middle East, and Africa went down 0.72%.
Among printer manufacturers, HP takes top position, with Canon and Xerox coming in second and third respectively.