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Worldwide inkjet-printer shipments grow

Mar 6, 2002 12:00 AM

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A new report from Lyra Research, Inc. (Newtonville, MA), an imaging industry research firm, states that worldwide unit volumes of workgroup inkjet printers will rise to 1.2 million in 2005 from about 680,000 units in 2000. The report, "Ink Jet Printer Market Forecast," acknowledges that while this represents a sizeable growth rate, shipments of workgroup inkjet printers are still relatively small, especially when compared with the personal inkjet segments.

Larry Jamieson, senior consultant of Lyra's Hard Copy Industry Advisory Service, notes, "Initially, color-centric users, such as ad agencies, graphics professionals, architects and CAD users will fuel growth. In the longer term, an increase in color applications among general-office users will also increase growth in this market."

The study advises that although there will be more emphasis on color in the future, the availability of low-end personal printers and more affordable, high-end color laser printers will affect demand for workgroup inkjet printers. It predicts that inkjet will become more readily accepted as a business print technology, but the current bias toward laser printing will still exist by the end of 2005. For more information on the report, visit