Kyocera moves into first place in SA's copier and MFP markets in Q2 2018


Johannesburg, 05 Sep 2018
Karen Vivier, Hardware Product Manager - A3, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa.
Karen Vivier, Hardware Product Manager - A3, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa.

Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa has moved into first position in the overall South African copier and multifunction printer (MFP) market in the second quarter of 2018, with a 15.5% share of unit shipments for the period. This is according to new numbers from Infosource and indicates that Kyocera's focus on delivering vertical solutions that address companies' pain points is paying off.

For the first half of calendar 2018, Kyocera ranked second in the overall South African copier and MFP market, growing unit shipments by around 30.8% year-on-year. This growth is particularly noteworthy in a difficult market where South African copier and MFP shipments dipped 4.5%, when comparing the first half of 2018 to the same period in 2017.

Kyocera performed particularly well overall in colour copiers and MFPs in the first half of the year, and increased unit shipments by 35.5% and claimed 12.5% market share for the same period. In the mono copier and MFP market, Kyocera achieved 18.6% market share and took first place.

Brandon Zabielski, Hardware Product Manager - A4, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa.
Brandon Zabielski, Hardware Product Manager - A4, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa.

Kyocera was in first position in A4 copiers and MFPs in the first half of the year, with a market share of 24.1%, and also recorded strong growth in A3 copiers and MFPs, increasing product shipments in this category by around 12.4%. Kyocera's growth in A3 colour copiers and MFPs was especially impressive, with unit shipments rising by nearly 33%.

"We have seen growing traction in both the mono and colour A3 segments throughout 2017 and the first half of 2018. The colour range continues to gain significant market share, highlighting the improvements of the new generation devices with regards to quality, colour clarity and functionality," says Karen Vivier, Hardware Product Manager, A3, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa.

"Kyocera's A4 MFPs regained overall position one in the first half of 2018, with strong performance in both colour and mono devices. The new products continue to showcase our ability to manage the evolving needs of print services. Our focus will be to strengthen the security function we offer," says Brandon Zabielski, Hardware Product Manager, A4, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa.

Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa

Headquartered in Midrand, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa is a country level subsidiary of Kyocera Document Solutions and is responsible for the sales and marketing of Kyocera printers and document solutions throughout southern Africa.

Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa is renowned for its tailor-made document solutions that provide a perfect blend of premium products, software solutions and professional services that increase an organisation's workflow efficiency, enhance employee productivity, minimise environmental impact and significantly reduce operating costs.

The company offers world-class monochrome and colour printers, multifunctional products, parts and supplies, as well as software solutions.

A key differentiator for the Kyocera brand is the primary focus on overall value as opposed to only considering the initial acquisition price. Its solutions portfolio and Managed Document Services division help customers to reduce costs and environmental impact, at the same time as improving the efficiency and reliability of common business processes.

Kyocera Document Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation, which is a leading manufacturer of hi-tech ceramics, electronic components, solar cells and electronic office equipment.

For further information, visit www.kyoceradocumentsolutions.co.za.

KYOCERA Document Solutions

KYOCERA Document Solutions, headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems, including colour and monochrome multifunctional products as well as printers and wide format devices. KYOCERA's products are renowned for their unique long-life imaging components that provide greater reliability and less waste, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over the life of the product. The KYOCERA Document Solutions portfolio does not stop at hardware. A full suite of business applications and consultative services allow customers to optimise and manage their document workflow, unleashing the full potential of their hardware investment.

KYOCERA Document Solutions is a core company of KYOCERA Corporation, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components. During the year ended 31 March 2018, KYOCERA Corporation's net sales totalled 1 557 039 million yen (approximately EUR 12 billion). For more information and press-ready photos, visit https://www.kyoceradocumentsolutions.eu/.

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