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Ink Cartridge Printer Market - By Product Type (Thermal Ink Cartridge, Piezoelectric Ink Cartridge), By Distribution Channel (Online, Offline), By End Use (Commercial, Residential, Government, Education, Others), & Forecast, 2024 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI8501
  • Published Date: Mar 2024
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Ink Cartridge Printer Market Analysis

Ink Cartridge Printer Market size was valued around USD 19.38 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6% between 2024 and 2032. The rising need for printers in various sectors such as education, government, commercial and residential has boosted the demand for printers especially inkjet printers, which use ink cartridges.

Ink Cartridge Printer Market

Inkjet printers offer high quality, low cost add versatile printing options for different purposes and media. The growing shift from dry colour cartridges to single ink cartridges is also a major growth driver for the market as the Tri colour cartridges which contain cyan, magenta, and yellow in one unit are being replaced by single ink cartridges which have separate tanks for each colour. This allows user to replace only the colour that runs out reducing the wastage and cost of ink.

The increasing awareness of the environmental impact of printer has led to the development of ecofriendly or green cartridges which are made of recycled or biodegradable materials and use less ink and produce less carbon footprint. These cartridges appeal to the environmentally conscious consumers and comply with regulatory standards.

The high cost of ink cartridges which make them less affordable for many consumers and encourages them to switch to alternative printing solution such as ink tank printer’s laser printers or refilled and non-OEM cartridges. The environmental impact of ink cartridges which generate a large amount of plastic waste and consumer lot of energy and water during their production and disposal. This poses a threat to the sustainability of the market and creates pressure from environmental regulation and consumer awareness.

Ink Cartridge Printer Market Trends

Ink tank printers arguing popularity among customers as they offer lower printing cost higher page yield and less environmental impact than ink cartridges or laser printers. Ink tank printers have large refillable ink reservoirs that can last for 1000 of pages reducing the need for frequent cartridge replacement. Ink tank printers also useless energy and produce less waste than other types of printers.

The market is witnessing a surge in demand for developing countries especially in Asia Pacific where the education commercial and government sectors are expanding rapidly. The increasing penetration of PCs and printers the growing number of households and the rising disposable income are some of the factors that are driving the demand of ink cartridge printers in these regions.

Printer cartridge recycling is another trend that is impacting the market as it helps to reduce the environmental footprint and save cost for both customers and manufacturers. Printer cartridge recycling involves collecting refilling remanufacturing and reselling used ink cartridges which reduce the amount of plastic and ink waste that ends up in landfills.

Ink Cartridge Printer Market Analysis

Ink Cartridge Printer Market Size, By  Product Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

Based on product type, the market can be divided into thermal ink cartridge and piezoelectric ink cartridge. The thermal ink cartridge segment accounting for USD 14 billion in 2023. Ink cartridge printer use either thermal or piezoelectric technology to deposit ink onto paper. Thermal ink cartridge highway heating element that vaporises the ink while piezoelectric ink cartridges have a piezoelectric crystal that vibrates to eject the ink. Thermal ink cartridges are more common and cheaper but piezoelectric ink cartridges offer more precise and consistent printing.

Ink Cartridge Printer Market Revenue Share, By Distribution Channel, (2023)

Based on distribution channel, the ink cartridge printer market is categorized into online and offline. In 2023, the offline segment accounted for a market share of about 61%. retailers’ cartridge printer market distribution channels are the ways that ink can't reach printers reach the end users there are various distribution channels for the ink cartridges but there are 2 main types of distribution channels one is online that means the online distribution channels include ecommerce platform websites social media and other digital channels that allow customer to order ink cartridge printers from anywhere and anytime and the second channel is offline it means that the offline distribution channels include physical stores retailers sellers and distributors that sell ink cartridges printers to the customers.

Based on end use, the ink cartridge printer market is categorized into commercial, residential, government, education, others. In 2023, the commercial segment accounted for a market share of about 53%. Ink cartridge printers are used for various purposes by different end users such as commercial, residential, education, government, and others. The commercial sector is the largest and the fastest growing segment as the ink cartridge printers are widely used for printing documents labels photos and other materials in various industries.

The office segment is also a significant segment as ink cartridge printer are essential for everyday task and communication in workplaces. The education and government segments are expected to grow as well as ink cartridge printers are used for printing educational materials, reports forms and other documents.

North America Ink Cartridge Printer Market Size, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

North America dominated the ink cartridge printer market, generating USD 6 billion in 2023. North America, particularly the United States and Canada, has a large market size with a significant demand for ink cartridge printers. This demand is driven by various sectors such as businesses, educational institutions, and households. North American companies, including Hewlett-Packard (HP), Canon, and Epson, have been at the forefront of ink cartridge printer technology development. These companies continuously innovate to improve printer performance, print quality, and cost-effectiveness, thereby attracting more consumers globally.

Ink Cartridge Printer Market Share

Global Company Market Share Analysis, 2023

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In 2023, dominant market players including HP Development Company, Seiko Ipson Corporation, Samsung, Canon, Panasonic Corporation collectively held 20%-25% market share. The market is highly fragmented. These industry leaders are actively engaged in strategic initiatives, such as mergers & acquisitions, facility expansions, and partnerships, to broaden their product portfolios, reach a wider customer base, and strengthen their market presence. These companies continuously invest in research & development to improve their products and incorporate new technologies, allowing them to stay ahead of the competition.

Ink Cartridge Printer Market Companies

Major players operating in the ink cartridge printer industry include:

  • HP Development Company
  • Seiko Ipson Corporation
  • Samsung
  • Canon
  • Panasonic Corporation
  • Dell
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Lexmark International
  • Fuji Xerox Co.
  • Ricoh
  • Brother Industries
  • Konica Minolta Inc
  • Kyocera Corporation
  • OKI Electric Industry
  • Toshiba Corporation

Ink Cartridge Printer Industry News

  • In January 2024, ink world magazine reported on the latest development in the inkjet ink market highlighting the growth of digital packaging and textile segments as well as the innovation of ink formulations, print heads and substrates.
  • In December 20 23 report was Published by the ink magazine stating that day shift from ink cartridge printer to high-capacity ink tank printers as well as the increasing demand for multi-functional printers.

The ink cartridge printer market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Billion) and volume (Million Units) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Product Type

  • Thermal Ink Cartridge
  • Piezoelectric Ink Cartridge

Market, By Distribution Channel

  • Online
  • Offline

Market, By End Use

  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Government
  • Education
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Rest of North America 
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
    • Indonesia
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Avinash Singh, Sunita Singh

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Ink cartridge printer market size reached USD 19.38 billion in 2023 and is set to expand at 6% CAGR from 2024-2032 owing to the rising need for printers in various sectors such as education, government, commercial and residential globally.

The thermal segment accounted for USD 14 billion in 2023 and is estimated to depict notable growth through 2032 owing to the widespread use due to the increasing availability at cheaper prices.

North America ink cartridge printer industry generated USD 6 billion in 2023 and is projected to record substantial growth by 2032 driven by the surging demand from various sectors, such as businesses, educational institutions, and households.

Some of the leading companies in the ink cartridge printer industry are HP Development Company, Seiko Ipson Corporation, Samsung, Canon, Panasonic Corporation, Dell, Xerox Corporation, Lexmark International, Fuji Xerox Co., Ricoh, Brother Industries, Konica Minolta Inc, Kyocera Corporation, OKI Electric Industry, and Toshiba Corporation.

Ink Cartridge Printer Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 212
  • Countries covered: 24
  • Pages: 161
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