Apr 11, 2014
nGage’s Inkjet Summit is in its second year and it has grown to around 90 end-user attendees and 39 sponsor companies. The concept is relatively simple: find prospective buyers of high-speed inkjet equipment, pay their way to a resort location, and sit them down in front of the sponsors for case study presentations and one-on-one meetings. This assures that the level of knowledge and experience of the average attendee is very impressive. They have done their research and have a good idea of what they need. Not all of the attendees, though, are first-time buyers. Those looking to purchase a second (or third, or fourth) device were also in attendance. They make up a significant portion of the audience and have hands-on familiarity with inkjet technology.
Similar to the first-time buyer/experienced user split, another split was particularly noticeable Read more »
Feb 26, 2013
Xerox did the right thing today by acquiring Impika. Everyone knows Xerox has a major hole in their product line and technology portfolio related to production inkjet printing. They have been lapped by HP, Ricoh, Canon/Océ, Kodak and EFI and risked being shut out from this lucrative market given the limitations of their solid ink technology.
InfoTrends estimates over 90 billion pages were printed on high volume continuous feed color digital presses (inkjet or EP, 10 million+ monthly duty cycle) in 2012 and that the market will exceed 500 billion pages by 2017.
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Jul 23, 2012
Every year InfoTrends updates its five-year print on demand (POD) forecast, with the latest edition now covering the years from 2011 to 2016. The forecast looks at placements, print volumes and revenues achieved in digital production printing. It is becoming obvious that digital printing is not a niche process anymore. The retail value of digital printing (excluding office, home and large format printing) in the U.S. and Western Europe was $63 billion in 2011 when considering all production printing environments from copy shop and small in-plant to large commercial printers and data center service bureaus. InfoTrends expects revenues to grow by about 4% annually.
What is noticeable in the current forecast is that the growth rate for color impressions in production copying and digital printing has accelerated compared to the previous forecasts. In fact, the growth rate is expected to increase to 18.5% CAGR compared to almost 15% in the last forecast for the United States. Continuous-feed inkjet color and, to some extent, the expected new B2 devices are responsible for this growth. Since there is an increased color share in this forecast, color impressions will have a more pronounced influence on the total POD volume and associated revenues. The color share of all U.S. impressions is expected to grow from 23% in 2011 to 48% in 2016. The decline rate of black and white impressions, however, remains almost unchanged. Western Europe will show an even stronger shift towards color, with an average annual growth of 20.4% for impressions made on color devices- opposed to a decline in impressions on black & white devices of over 7% per year. The European market is already more inclined towards color print and by 2015 more digital impressions in Western Europe will be done on color devices than on black & white devices. This is quite a shift for a market in which black & white accounted for 80% of impressions only five years ago.
Apr 18, 2012
I could be wrong. After all, the show doesn’t start forÂ two weeks, but I think these will be the top stories at drupa:
- Benny Landa — Whether Landa Labs shows market-ready products or early tech demos doesn’t really matter. This will be a drupa remembered for the show that Benny Landa put on. Is it ready for prime time? We won’t know until May. One mystery that should be solved by then is why their press releases refer to “ink ejectors” rather than inkjet heads (like every other inkjet system vendor does). Could it be that they are doing something different than using inkjet heads to apply ink to paper? Wait and see. Read more »
Dec 16, 2011
The close of the year end is always a good time to look up from day-to-day business and review the important news that happened during the year.
Overall 2011 proved to be a pretty decent year for digital production printing. Installations of digital production printing equipment were on the rise again, after recovering from a drop in 2009 in the aftermath of the financial crisis. 2010 installations were already on the rise driven by gains in high end colour placements (see blog). 2011 was set to improve on that, however this time it was not financial markets that were the problem. Instead, nature struck in the early months of the year. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan raised some doubts about whether Japanese suppliers would be able to meet demand. In fact, we did see a decline in installations in device segments with large shares of Japanese manufacturers in the second quarter. However installations in the third quarter were almost up to normal again and we expect that by the fourth quarter almost all of the supply chain disruptions will have been ironed out. Overall the impact on the POD market in 2011 was limited, some product introductions could have been delayed and total sales in 2011 will be somewhat lower. Read more »
Sep 23, 2011
What would happen if you worked closely with a customer during the early stages of a product’s development? This is a question that Xerox executives considered as the company began applying its phase-change inkjet technology to a new high-speed continuous feed production color printer design. The customer that Xerox chose for this experiment was dmh Marketing Partners, and it looks like they found an excellent partner to test this concept of iterative design. Over a period of about two years, Xerox and dmh developed a design concept into a product, the Xerox CiPress 500, which was announced at Graph Expo 2011. (For more information, see the InfoTrends blog: Xerox to Show CiPress 500 Production Inkjet System at Graph Expo.)
Shortly after making the announcement of the CiPress 500, Xerox brought a group of analysts to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa to visit Alaniz, one of the eight companies that make up dmh (direct mail holdings). Located amid cornfields not far from a Walmart distribution facility, the Alaniz facility has been the site of the CiPress 500 testing. It is currently the only external CiPress 500 site, though Xerox noted that others would be announced this fall.
dmh Marketing Partners site: Alaniz in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
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Sep 15, 2011
Kodak has taken the wraps off a next generation piezo drop-on-demand (DOD) continuous feed inkjet range under the Versamark brand. The new range is designed to address transactional, direct mail, loyalty and newspaper applications for firms with volume requirements in the 2m-20m A4 AMPV range.
While much of the focus of the graphics industry this week has been in the USA at Graph Expo, where Kodak itself has also unveiled plenty of new digital technology, it chose to show the new machines for the first time to analysts, customers and journalists at an event at its European technical centre in La Hulpe, Belgium.
Kodak's new Versamark 500W in-situ at its European demo centre
The eight new machines all use a compact single engine duplex architecture. Sitting beneath the firm’s other DOD products, the Versamark VL range, which require twin-engine configurations for duplex production; it brings the total number of piezo machines in its range to 14 — which it claims is the broadest of any DOD vendor. Read more »
Jul 15, 2011
InfoTrends is frequently asked to provide quotes and data for leading news outlets. Here are just some of the recent stories that InfoTrends information has been featured in: Read more »
Feb 14, 2011
At last, Xerox has entered the continuous feed colour inkjet fray.
At the Hunkeler InnovationDays event in Lucerne, Switzerland, it announced it will be commercialising the solid ink machine that was shown as a technology demonstration at Ipex in May 2010.
Little has changed in the specification of the machine since Ipex but the marketing message has moved on. Xerox has switched from referring to the technology used as solid ink to waterless inkjet, which does neatly sum up the biggest benefit of the process. The headline specs of the four-color continuous feed machine are a top speed of 152m (500 feet) per minute, web width of 520mm (20.5”) and a stock weight range of 50 to 160 gsm.
Key applications are transactional print and direct mail for the yet-to-be-named machine, which until the branding boffins have done their bit, will be known as the Xerox Production Inkjet System. Orders are now being taken for early installs by the end of 2011 with full commercial availability in 2012. Read more »
Aug 9, 2010
Who is buying high-speed continuous-feed process color printers? Early evidence indicates that it’s transaction printers. About 200 print engines in this class were placed around the world in 2009 but it hasn’t been entirely clear which environments have been most likely to buy them. It was my assumption that the quality and running cost capabilities of these devices made them attractive to transaction, direct mail, and some publication environments but I wondered whether that was really the case. I decided to look at the public announcements of companies that have placed such products to see what this said about market preferences. Read more »