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World Toner Report: 2003-2008


InfoTrends/CAP Ventures’ new forecast entitled World Toner Report: 2003-2008  provides an outlook for world toner in terms of pounds and millions of dollars at retail pricing through 2008. The market is presented from a number of different angles, including device type, monochrome vs. color, and monocomponent vs. dual-component. The report examines regional demand by engine manufacturer, demand for OEM vs. aftermarket products, and production trends. 

Worldwide Overview

The world toner market is projected to experience steady growth through 2008. The printer market currently dominates the demand for toner, representing an 8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2008, reaching 412 million pounds used and nearly $12 billion in revenues.

A small amount of growth in the overall copier market continues to occur, largely because of Universal Copier/Printers (UCPs). UCPs are expected to see strong success in the copier market, and this will cause overall toner demand to rise even though total copy volume may decline.

Figure 1: World Toner Forecast by Device (Millions of Pounds)

The U.S. currently consumes just about half of all toner but is expected to lose market share slightly. The Rest of World (ROW) region will remain relatively small across the forecast period, but it continues to gain world share. Over the forecast period; this region is expected to demonstrate a CAGR of 7%, while the overall market is only expected to increase at a rate of 6%.

Figure 2: World Toner Forecast by Region (Millions of Pounds)

The Western European region is currently demonstrating the most sluggish growth.  High toner prices, and the integration of the European economy and adoption of the Euro are all factors attributing to this markets slow growth. 

Color is Key

A key growth area across all segments and many parts of the printer market is color.  By 2008, we expect full color toner to account for 25% of all demand!  One of the most important enablers for this market to grow as expected is the continued use and improvement of toner. This is particularly the case for chemically produced toner, which is expected to offer better quality, lower usage costs, and higher machine reliability.

As the shift towards color technology continues, Europe is expected to adopt color in the general office more quickly than the United States. This will fuel a quickened demand for toner in Europe when compared to the United States.  The ROW region is not expected to be as strongly impacted by color, but will instead see a general growth in the overall need for printers.

The preceding is an excerpt from InfoTrends/CAP Ventures’ forecast “World Toner Report: 2003-2008.” The complete document is available immediately. To learn more about the report or to make a purchase, click here or contact Alison Hipp at , ext. 126 or  .


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