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Two million pages printed per minute in EMEA

IDC figures for 2011 show print volumes decreased by 1% in 2011

Two million pages printed per minute in EMEA
Print volumes increased in Middle East and Africa in 2011, despite a decline overall in EMEA.

The number of pages printed on smaller size printers and copiers in the EMEA region declined by 1% in 2011, down to 3.09 trillion pages from 3.12 trillion pages in 2010, according to IDC.

The analyst company said that the figures, based on mono laser devices with speeds under 70ppm (pages per minute), colour laser devices under 45ppm, and personal through workgroup inkjets, accounted for two million pages printed every minute.

"In total, over two million pages were printed in EMEA every minute. If we wanted to transport the pages printed in EMEA last year, almost 200,000 fully loaded 28-ton trucks would be needed," said research director Ilona Stankeova, Imaging & Hardcopy Devices Research and Document Solutions, IDC CEMA.

In developing regions, volumes grew by 7.5% in the year, while it fell 5% in developed markets. For the Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEMA) region, volumes increased by 5% year-on-year. Volume growth in CEMA was driven by Middle East and Africa, with volumes up over 5%, while Central and Eastern Europe noted a decline of 0.4%.

Page volumes declined overall due to the increased adoption of managed print and basic print services, digitalisation of document workflows, environmental concerns, tighter budgets, disruption in the Middle East; and increasing volume of digital content on different platforms.

IDC predicts that page volumes will increase in the EMEA region in the near future, although growth will be limited to specific geographies, including the MEA region, and on devices such as multi-function peripherals rather than single function devices.

In terms of vendor, HP was the market leader in page volumes printed in 2011, accounting for 26%, while Canon accounted for 11% and Xerox 10%.

IDC tracks A3 and A4 digital devices using remote monitoring tools, consumable trackers, and other data collection methods. The installed base is derived from IDC Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker shipment data and IDC proprietary retirement research.

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