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The Australian Flatbed Scanner Market is Plummeting, Finds IDC

  • 19 March, 2004 14:46

<p>NORTH SYDNEY, March 19th, 2004 – The final 2H 2003 (July – December) total Australian scanner market figures have recently been released by IDC. The total scanner market recorded a year-on-year decline of 47.3%, and an even 30.0% sequential drop in unit shipment terms. The low-end scanner market experienced the most marked decline with a 72.5% fall off from the same period last year.</p>
<p>IDC Analyst Michael Sager commented, “The decline in the low-end scanner market is indicative of a technology that is on its way to being a legacy technology. The growth in the digital still and video camera markets has been pronounced over the past year and this has perpetuated the decline in flatbed scanner sales. An additional factor is the growth of Multi-Function Printers (MFPs) that has an integrated scanner in addition to printing, copying, and faxing capabilities. The growth in these respective technologies is eating into the consumer scanner market, however there is still share to be had in the mid to high-end scanner market.”</p>
<p>“The 2H 2003 flatbed scanner market was attacked on many fronts and it suffered accordingly. Canon continued to lead the market with 57.6% share of units shipped during the second half of 2003. HP was able to grow by 1.6 points from 1H 2003 to grab 18.2% share. Epson rounded out the top three with 11.3% share” Mr Sager added.</p>
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About IDC</p>
<p>IDC is the foremost global market intelligence and advisory firm helping clients gain insight into technology and telecommunications trends to develop sound business strategies. Using a combination of rigorous primary research, in-depth analysis, and client interaction, IDC forecasts local and worldwide markets and trends to deliver dependable service and client advice. More than 700 analysts in 43 countries provide global research with local content. IDC's customers comprise the world's leading IT suppliers, IT organisations, eBusiness companies and the financial community. Additional information can be found at www.idc.com.au</p>

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