Print volumes down by 40%
The number of pages printed by UK office workers has dropped by a massive 40% in the last 12 months, from an average of 10,000 sheets per year to just 6,000 according to the latest annual environmental survey by Kyocera Mita. This is the first time print volumes have fallen since the survey started in 2007.
Tracey Rawling Church, Director of Brand and Reputation at Kyocera Mita said: “We’ve been hearing about the ‘paperless office’ for decades, but this is the first concrete evidence we’ve seen that shows office-based workers’ love affair with the printed page is beginning to wane. There is far greater confidence in mobile technology and electronic information, meaning that there is less demand for the comfort of a piece of paper.”
Another factor might be a growing trend for automated systems such as mandatory duplex (up 5% from 2010) and card-controlled access (up 8% from 2010), though user education is still thought to be the best way to promote good printing habits (cited by 68%).
Rawling Church added: “As more organisations begin to deploy managed document services, we are seeing an increase in the use of print policy software and card-based access systems, which mandate improvements in print efficiency.
What’s interesting to see is that IT Managers still place strong emphasis on the softer aspects of user education around cost and environmental benefits of good print practice.”
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