IDC report reaffirms rise of business inkjet

Epson acclaimed as vendor that “shaped” the year, driving adoption of inkjet printing

IDC report reaffirms rise of business inkjet

Business inkjet printing continues to rise according to research consultancy IDC. The firm identified Epson as a driving force in adoption of the technology[1] as it registered a 40% year-on-year increase in business inkjet unit sales, to become the second largest business inkjet supplier in Europe. The growth looks set to continue in 2017, as more businesses realise the environmental and financial benefits of adopting inkjet printers over laser fleets.

Business inkjet printers, which are more environmentally-friendly and cheaper to run  than laser models, are becoming increasingly popular, and Epson is capitalising. The company invested €400 million in new production facilities and will allocate a further €185 million towards its PrecisionCore inkjet technology over the next 3 years.

This commitment to business inkjet is underlined by the release of Epson’s WorkForce Enterprise, a new generation of ultra-fast colour office A3 printers. With completely new printhead and linehead technology, Workforce Enterprise models are capable of producing up to 100 pages per minute, while significantly reducing power consumption. The optional WorkFlow Enterprise Finisher unit enables automatic document finishing, a 5,350-sheet max paper input with optional paper feed and a 4,000-sheet stapler and stacker to improve efficiency, saving time and effort.

Rob Clark, Managing Director, Epson UK, stated: “IDC’s report highlights the enormous potential of business inkjet technology. With forecasts suggesting the overall business inkjet market will grow at a rate of 10.2% (CAGR) up to and including 2020, Epson is leading the way, and we’re delighted to be named as the most influential vendor”.

“Our products are encouraging businesses to make the switch from laser to inkjet”, Rob added. “WorkForce Pro business inkjet models offer high speeds and great print quality, while improving costs of ownership and eco-benefits, such as an 82% reduction in power consumption”.

[1] IDC, Western Europe Business Inkjet Market Shares, 2015