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Printer Industry Consolidation: 5 Big Things To Know

HP and Xerox may not be joining forces for now, but there are plenty of signs that the industry is still poised for M&A activity.

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More M&A Ahead?

Keith Kmetz, program vice president for imaging, printing and document solutions at IDC, agrees that the print industry could still see additional consolidation in the years to come. "We've been talking about maturity and consolidation pending for some time. And many say look, there are still 10 to 12 companies in this office printing segment of market. Maybe that's too many. Either some are going to get out, or some are going to merge or consolidate and create a bigger, stronger entity," Kmetz said.

"But I think there's some credibility behind that line of thinking, that maybe 10 to 12 players isn't what we should be going to market with--but some reduced number may make more sense," he said.

Even if Xerox and HP never find a way to combine forces with each other, the two companies--as two titans of the print and copier industry-- may very well pursue M&A separately, Kmetz said. "I wouldn't be surprised if one of these companies or both of these companies looks at further acquisition activity in the print market," he said.

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