New IDC MarketScape Provides a Vendor Assessment of the Worldwide High-Speed Inkjet Web Press 2013 Vendor Analysis

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. April 18, 2013 – International Data Corporation (IDC) has published a new IDC MarketScape vendor assessment profiling the leading providers in the worldwide high-speed inkjet web press market. The MarketScape report found that Canon, HP, and Ricoh are all Leaders in the worldwide high-speed inkjet web press market.

"Because of their low cost per page, speed, and reliability, inkjet web presses are primed and ready to play an even more critical role in shaping the future for high volume print and mailing applications," said Amy Machado, senior analyst in IDC's Hardcopy Peripheral Solutions group. "Vendors who can provide such solutions and successfully build the infrastructure to support these offerings will put themselves in a solid position for future success in the evolving production print market."

The vendors included in this IDC MarketScape analysis are: Canon, FujiFilm, HP, Imprika, Kodak, Miyakoshi, PB, Ricoh, Screen, and Xerox. In addition to the vendors identified as "Leaders", six vendors were named as "Major Players"; they are Kodak, Miyakoshi, PB, Screen, and Xerox/Imprika.

Additional key findings from the report include the following:

When a company is producing tens of millions of pages per month, it is an important business process that requires reliable equipment and a consistent source of ink and media to assure its uninterrupted 24×7 operation.

Customers purchasing multi-million dollar web presses expect a substantial ongoing commitment to innovation from their vendor partner to add features, support new substrates, and to remain competitive or expand their markets.

Operational reliability drives the trend toward users preferring self-service models with no "click" charges. Users who self-maintain and buy supplies as needed gain flexibility by varying ink usage according to quality requirements and job pricing.

Vendors need to react and adjust to profit margin pressures as market maturity and increased competition cause price compression of hardware and of inks.

The report, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide High-Speed Inkjet Web Press 2013 Vendor Analysis (IDC #240577) is the first vendor assessment of the high speed inkjet web press market using the IDC MarketScape methodology and model. This assessment discusses both the qualitative and quantitative characteristics that explain success criteria required for the fast-growing web press market. This study is composed of two sections. The first section describes characteristics that IDC believes lead to success in the web press market. These characteristics are based on in-depth qualitative interviews with vendors and customers operating and buying web press equipment. The report also leverages analyst observations of work flow and web press implementations along with extensive secondary research of vendors' products and transformation occurring in the publishing and transaction print markets.

The second part of this study is a visual presentation of the resulting vendor analysis in a single bubble chart. This display concisely exhibits the quantified scores of the reviewed vendors along two axes — strategies and current capabilities — which determine if the vendor is a Leader, a Major Player, a Contender, or a Participant. In addition, vendor market share is shown relative to one another. This section also provides vendor summaries that discuss IDC's positioning of each vendor in the market along with commentary on strengths reflected in their scoring and opportunities for improvement. The document concludes with IDC's essential guidance to vendors in support of growth and improved offerings.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a transparent foundation to allow companies to independently compare the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

For more information about IDC MarketScape, please contact Karen Moser at kmoser@idc.com.

About IDC

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