Feb 29, 2012
One interesting aspect of a company’s market impact is how much it is willing to spend on trade shows. Booth size, while not an exact measure of spending, does provide insight into a company’s level of investment. InfoTrends has explored this topic on a number of different occasions, most recently in a blog on Graph Expo 2011 called “Tracking the Digital Market through Graph Expo Booth Space.” With drupa 2012 right around the corner I decided to conduct a similar exercise. Here’s how we came up with the rankings. We based these on the show floor map that is displayed on the drupa 2012 web site and confirmed them where possible by public statements or private confirmations with the vendors. Keep in mind that this is an InfoTrends calculation, not official numbers from the drupa 2012 organizers.
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Feb 28, 2012
InnerWorkings closed out 2011 with a record $633.8 million in revenue. To put it in perspective, this global print management company recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary, with first year revenues of just $5 million. I was invited to attend its Investor Day last Friday in New York, and had the opportunity to hear firsthand what was behind its growth.
With a supplier network of more than 9,000 printers, sign shops and promotional products companies, InnerWorkings has managed over 1 million jobs on behalf of its clients to-date. Think of InnerWorkings as a Walmart of the print brokering industry—smaller brokers often struggle to compete with InnerWorkings’ purchasing power and scale of execution.
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Fespa Digital was held last week and the overarching theme was workflow for wide-format. While the single biggest launch at Fespa was the Mimaki JV-400 with its Latex or solvent UV ink options (see Tim Greene’s recent blog here for more information), the area where there were the most announcements and developments was in the workflow space. Wide-format has long lagged small format digital, and for that matter analogue print in the sophistication of its workflow. Recent developments show it is catching up at least and may even be overtaking those sectors.
At Fespa new products were announced by GMG, SAi, Esko, ONYX and Xanté, while other established wide-format workflow vendors such as Caldera refreshed some products for SGIA in the USA at the end of last year and plan further developments around Drupa in Germany this May. Read more »
Feb 27, 2012
HIMSS 2012, one of the largest health information technology conferences in the United States, was held in Las Vegas last week where vendors showcased a variety of new hardware and software relating to the healthcare market. One of the biggest announcements during the conference was the new CDA standard approved by HL7, which addresses universal requirements for the conversion of unstructured, paper documents into files that can be distributed into EHR systems.
This was great news for vendors like Nuance, Canon, and Fujitsu, who demoed their solutions, MFPs, and scanners as being CDA compatible with the ability to seamlessly integrate documents into an organization’s EMR. Nuance’s eCopy ShareScan streamlines the scanning of paper documents to electronic documents using existing hardware. (Nuance also plans on incorporating clinical language understanding (CLU) into their capture software later this year). Canon MFPs were used to demonstrate the eCopy solution at their booth and at the Interoperability Showcase, where attendees could watch several live use case scenarios simulating healthcare environments and witness how standards-based transactions streamline clinical workflows regardless of device brand or software or serviceÂ provider. Fujitsu and Inofile also showcased their new document imaging solution running on the ScanSnap device. The Inofile software is designed to help healthcare organizations reach Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. Read more »
Feb 22, 2012
In July of last year, Williams Lea (a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL) acquired Tag. With 2010 reported revenues of over $150 million, Tag was considered the world’s largest independent marketing execution and production agency at the time. This move follows a series of acquisitions over recent years to help it expand its value proposition beyond print services. When I reached out for comment, Steve Parish, Tag CEO, stated, “Williams Lea has embraced Tag’s ambition to help clients create, manage and deliver their brand messages around the world. In the current market where CMOs are facing huge challenges combining the traditional tactile approach to marketing whilst at the same time embracing a more data driven strategy, Tag and Williams Lea can provide the platform and tools to help transform the approach.”
Tag CEO Steve Parish with Tim Griffiths, Executive Chairman of Williams Lea
Tag serves a diverse client base of some of the world’s largest brands (e.g., Adidas, Coca-Cola, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, H&M, Intel, Land Rover, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Sony, Unilever, andÂ Vodafone). Of thirteen global offices, their largest is in London, followed by New York, Singapore, and Shanghai. Williams Lea invited me to tour Tag’s New York office last month to help me better understand the scope of this strategic move. Read more »
Feb 20, 2012
In this year’s wide format Road Map we made ten predictions for the wide format business.Â The number six prediction was “Other Vendors will Jump into Latex-like Solutions in 2012”. The idea was that HP is having such remarkable success with its wide format Latex printers having placed more than 10,000 Latex printers worldwide, that other manufacturers would enter the market, using large industry events such as ISA, FESPA, drupa, and SGIA as launch points in 2012. Last week Mimaki became the first to announce its own wide format Latex inkjet printers, the JV400-series.
The Mimaki JV400-series comes in 1.3M and 1.6M wide, Mimaki seems to be featuring a low power consumption feature but I think Mimaki should be leading with the fact that these printers have white ink, which is an emerging product characteristic on the wide format UV-curable inkjet side, but is somewhat unique outside of UV-curable inkjet.Â More details on the Mimaki JV400-series (such as pricing) will be available this week when the printers are formally launched during Fespa in Barcelona.
InfoTrends is projecting a 25% compound annual growth rate in what we have been referring to as the “durable aqueous” segment which until now has basically only included HP Latex printers. The projection of 25% growth assumes that other suppliers would enter the market and the addition of a notable wide format graphics supplier such as Mimaki to the segment certainly fortifies those kinds of growth assumptions. We’ll expect additional wide format equipment suppliers to enter the segment soon as well.
Feb 17, 2012
InfoTrends recently completed “The 2011 China POD Market,” a multi-client study focusing on the traditional and digital production print markets in China. In this blog I’d like to provide a view of the size of the Chinese print market and show how it is split out among the regions on the mainland.
The Print Geography of China
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Feb 16, 2012
In today’s WhatTheyThink.comÂ blog Dr. Joe Webb writes that “What most business owners are trying to understand is this: “Are other businesses experiencing what I am?” I totally agree. Read more »
And I almost believe them. The truth is publishers have been dealing with mounds of data for quite some time. Now that enterprise marketers are facing similar issues, there’s a term (Big Data) to explain the problem. Graphics, text, links, rich media, and more are all versioned and stored with metadata to ensure they’re findable when needed. New media and technology has just added a new layer of complication to the already expanding databases. To capture the changing demands of publishing technology, O’Reilly has once again hosted its Tools of Change conference, bringing publishers, authors, and technology companies under one roof to discuss the problems and solutions facing today’s publishing industry. Read more »
We would forgive you for not knowing what to expect from Xerox’s Espresso Book Machine. The device’s name conjures up images of strong caffeinated beverages paired with Italian pastries, unlike the more ambiguous-sounding brands of Xerox production printers such as the iGen4 and Nuvera. Similarly the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) can be tricky to categorize within the digital print production space based on its capabilities, in large part because it is built for a specific application books.
Xerox's Espresso Book Machine
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