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EMEA printer hardware shipments stabilise in Q1 2017
2017-07-26

Unit shipments of printer hardware to Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) have stabilised in Q1 2017 showing an increase of +1% year-on-year compared to a fall of -8% in Q1 2016, driven by multi-function devices, according to data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market analysis company. "The Middle East and Africa (MEA) outperformed other regions with unit shipments increasing by +7%, following the double-digit decline last year", said Zivile Brazdziunaite, Imaging Market Analyst at CONTEXT. "All categories, except for laser MFPs, registered positive performance over the first quarter of 2017."

In UAE, although sell-in levels of laser hardware shrunk, overall sell-in levels increased by +19% due to the strong performance of inkjet technology devices. Despite a percentage point decline in printer hardware shipments to Turkey, because of weak performance of single-function devices, sell-in levels of multifunction laser and inkjet hardware increased. Unit shipments to Saudi Arabia continued to decline, while sell-in levels to South Africa improved, registering an increase of +3%.

Sell-in to Western Europe (WE) accounts for almost 70% of all printer hardware shipments to EMEA and performance in Q1 2017 was flat – an improvement on the -6% decline in the same quarter last year. Unit shipments to most major WE countries increased, mainly driven by multifunction devices. For France and the UK, the increase was a single percentage point and mainly down to inkjet technology devices, while laser hardware accounted for +2% year-on-year growth of unit shipments in Italy. Spain and the Netherlands registered double-digit growth of printer hardware sell-in. In contrast, unit shipments to Germany continued to shrink and were down by -5% with the decline spread across all categories except laser MFPs: shipments of these during the quarter increased by +12% year-on-year.

Performance in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) mirrored that of WE, remaining flat over the quarter. Sell-in to Russia returned to growth of +4% year-on-year, driven by laser MFPs, while printer hardware shipments to Kazakhstan and Belarus continued to register strong performances mainly driven by laser technology devices. By contrast, sell-in levels to Poland and the Czech Republic declined.

 

Country Unit shipment
Q1/17 compared to Q1/16
Spain +18%
Austria +15%
Netherlands +12%
Iceland +8%
Denmark +7%
Finland +4%
Italy +2%
France +1%
United Kingdom +1%
Portugal -3%
Germany -5%
Switzerland -8%
Belgium -10%
Sweden -11%
Poland -14%
Norway -15%
Ireland -23%
Luxembourg -25%
Greece -30%

PC prices continue to rise in early Q2 2017
2017-07-24

Average distributor sell prices (ASPs) for PCs continued to rise during the first two months of Q2 2017, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market research company. Distributor ASPs for PCs were up by +19% across Western Europe, from €473 in April and May 2016 to €564 in early Q2 this year. In eurozone countries, prices increased by +15% during the same period, from €469 to €539. Prices in April and May were also higher than in the first quarter of this year: by +2% across Western Europe, and +1% across eurozone countries. The price increases were seen in both the consumer and business PC segments. In Western Europe, the ASP of business-targeted PCs was up by +17% year-on-year in early Q2 2017, while that of consumer-targeted systems increased by +20%, albeit from a smaller base (in €, fixed exchange rates).

"PC ASPs have been on the rise since Q3 2016", said Marie-Christine Pygott, senior analyst at CONTEXT. "The increase has been driven by currency fluctuations, price increases by vendors to offset the effects of higher component costs, and also by a shift to higher-value products such as gaming systems in the consumer segment and powerful, high-end notebooks in the commercial sector."

 

  Early Q2-16 Early Q2-17 Y/Y growth

In €

Germany 516 575 +12%
France 466 499 +7%
Spain 438 484 +11%
Italy 460 505 +10%
Austria 550 613 +11%
Belgium 535 597 +12%
Portugal 470 522 +11%

In £

United Kingdom 335 475 +42%

In CHF

Switzerland 831 908 +9%

In SEK

Sweden 5946 7035 +18%

In PLN

Poland 1779 2105 +18%

VCC expands European distributor network with Farnell
2017-07-19

VCC, a vendor of indication and specialty illumination solutions, has expanded its distribution network to better support European customers. The addition of Farnell element14 to the European distribution network increases VCC's sales and engineering support services. Farnell element14 supports VCC's complete product offering throughout Europe, including panel mount indicators, light pipes, LED displays, LEDs and accessories. The partnership with Farnell element14 will encourage and enhances demand creation in Europe, strengthening new business and growth opportunities.

"We are delighted to extend our already strong VCC franchise with Newark element 14 into Farnell element14 Europe. VCC's innovative range of products will be made available to Farnell element 14’s extensive design engineer customer base and further enhances our optoelectronics product portfolio", said Simon Meadmore, Global Head of Semiconductors at Premier Farnell.

From simple to more complex human machine interface systems, VCC excels at designing, testing and manufacturing custom light indication solutions, in less time. VCC's value-added services team can modify our standard illuminated components or design a fully custom solution in accordance with our customers' mechanical, electrical, and optical needs.

"Newark element14 (North America Division of Premier Farnell) has been a valued distribution partner of VCC for many years. With our focus on the European market, it is a natural progression to strengthen the partnership that was developed with Newark in North America and include Farnell in Europe. This agreement adds value for both organizations, and we look forward to supporting customers thru this comprehensive partnership", said Deb Gray, Global Distribution Sales Manager at VCC.

VCC products are available in Europe through Farnell element14 offices in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Global desktop monitor shipments fall in Q1 2017
2017-07-17

Worldwide shipments of desktop monitors declined by -1.1% in Q1 2017 compared to those a year ago, according to the latest figures from CONTEXT, the IT market analysis company. "The decline in sales was driven by the consumer segment, which dropped -1.8%, while the fall in commercial shipments was smaller at -1.0%", said Lachlan Welsh, Senior Analyst at CONTEXT. The low end of each market has been noticeably shrinking, and there has been a marked change in the product mix: there has been a shift to larger, more expensive screens; rising sales of curved monitors, higher resolution displays and gaming monitors; and growing demand for 21:9 monitors. This, in turn, has had an effect on the ASP with prices rising +2% year-on-year.

Screens of 23" and above accounted for 57% of the global market in Q1 2017, up from under 50% in the same period in the previous year. Full HD makes up nearly two-thirds of the global market, and continues to be the predominant resolution, while WQHD screens also gained share with sales growing at +90% year-on-year. IPS remains the strongest growing panel technology, and had a 40% share of the market in Q1 2017, up from 30% the year before. Shipments to EMEA grew by +2.6%, driven by CEE, which saw +19% growth. North America was the only other key region to grow. Worldwide, the multi-function monitor market declined by -10% year-on-year, in spite of growth in CEE and North America, mainly because of weak sales in Latin America and MEA. Dell retained its position as No. 1 vendor in Q1 2017: it had an 18% unit share of the total market while HP and Samsung followed with shares of 13% and 11% respectively.

More brands for DexxIT and Difox
2017-07-17

German consumer electronics specialists DexxIT and Difox (both part of Düttenhofer Group) have quietly expanded their portfolio with more vendors. DexxIT has strengthened its 360° photo portfolio with products from Acme, Easypix, Insta360, Kodak, Panoview and Zeiss, and started the distribution of Drobo storage systems. On its part, Difox has added numerous vendors over the past weeks: 3M (screen privacy filters), Allvision (camping SAT systems), Drift (action cameras), Dyon (camping LCD televisions), Exolens (cliplens for smartphones), Hisense (LCD TV), Holdit (smartphone cases and car mount systems designed and made in Sweden), Hoya (photo filters) and finally S+M Art (cliplens for smartphones). All these products are also available elsewhere in Europe through Difox offices in Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

 

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