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Industrial Printer Shipments Increased More Than 17% Year Over Year in 2021, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DirecttoGarmentPrinter–New data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Industrial Printer Tracker shows that industrial printer shipments grew 3.2% in the fourth quarter of 2021 (4Q21) compared to the previous quarter. For the full year 2021, worldwide shipments grew more than 17% year over year.

“Shipments were slower in the second half of the year than the first half in most regions,” said Tim Greene, research director, Hardcopy Solutions at IDC. “We’re hearing about supply chain and inventory challenges from many of the global suppliers. Despite this, printer shipment numbers for the year were much stronger than 2020. And, with the exception of North America, the global market is still not back to pre-pandemic shipment levels.”

Worldwide Industrial Segment Highlights for Q4 2021

  • Large format digital printer shipments grew 3.2% worldwide in 4Q21 compared to 3Q21.
  • Dedicated direct-to-garment (DTG) printer shipments declined 3.5% sequentially in 4Q21. IDC believes this is partially due to the impact of aqueous direct-to-film printers.
  • Direct-to-shape printer shipments grew 10% quarter over quarter in 4Q21.
  • Digital label & packaging printer shipments declined 11% sequentially in 4Q21.
  • Industrial textile printer shipments grew more than 10% in 4Q21, continuing a strong performance for the full year 2021.

Regional Analysis

  • The strongest growth came from the Central Europe, Middle East & Africa (CEMA) region which saw shipments grow more than 26% quarter over quarter in 4Q21.
  • Total shipments in the Asia/Pacific region (including China) were essentially flat for 4Q21.
  • Japan and North America both declined in 4Q21 when compared to 3Q21.
  • Shipments in the Western European market grew nearly 14% quarter over quarter in 4Q21.
  • The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region declined 12.5% compared to Q3 2021.

Worldwide Industrial Printer Shipments and Shipment Value Share and

Sequential Growth, Q4 2021

Product Category

   

4Q21 Share of

Shipments

   

4Q21/3Q21

Shipment

change

   

4Q21 Share of

Shipment

Value

   

4Q21/4Q21

Shipment

Value Growth

 

Direct to Garment

   

1.9

%

   

-3.4

%

   

5.5

%

   

7.7

%

 

Direct to Shape

   

1.3

%

   

-10.3

%

   

2.9

%

   

6.3

%

 

Industrial Textile

   

0.5

%

   

10.7

%

   

5.9

%

   

1.3

%

 

Label & Packaging

   

0.3

%

   

-10

%

   

12.5

%

   

-6.7

%

 

Large Format

   

96.0

%

   

3.3

%

   

73.3

%

   

0.2

%

 

Total

   

100

%

   

3.2

%

   

100

%

   

-0.1

%

 

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Industrial Printer Tracker, January 2022

 

Outlook for 2022

  • The year 2021 was considerably better than 2020 as a whole and there are still important segments of the market such as the trade show business that has not fully resumed. IDC expects stronger shipment numbers driven by great demand in those segments in 2022.
  • Mix changes drove a separation between shipment trend and revenue trend through the course of the 2021, with more low-end units sold which subtracted revenue from the worldwide industrial printer hardware market.

IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Industrial Printer Tracker provides total market size and vendor share for five major market categories: large format, label and packaging, direct to garment, industrial textile, and direct to shape. In addition to units, shipment value, and ASP, the Tracker also provides market results for each product category by ink type, media size, hardware class, or primary application across nine geographic regions and 90 countries.

About IDC Trackers

IDC Tracker products provide accurate and timely market size, vendor share, and forecasts for hundreds of technology markets from more than 100 countries around the globe. Using proprietary tools and research processes, IDC’s Trackers are updated on a semiannual, quarterly, and monthly basis. Tracker results are delivered to clients in user-friendly Excel deliverables and on-line query tools.

Click here to learn about IDC’s full suite of data products and how you can leverage them to grow your business.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,200 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology, IT benchmarking and sourcing, and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC’s analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading tech media, data, and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC and LinkedIn. Subscribe to the IDC Blog for industry news and insights.

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Contacts

Phuong Hang

508-935-4376

phang@idc.com

Tim Greene

781-964-5351

tgreene@idc.com

Michael Shirer

508-935-4200

press@idc.com

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