Posts tagged: Digimedia

Looking Back on Production Print in 2011

Ralf Schlozer
 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 »

Heidelberg Puts Off Digital Print Partnership Decision(s) Until 2011

Jim Hamilton
 Dec 10, 2010

The German web site print.de reported today that Heidelberg will not make any decisions about digital print partnerships until early 2011. The news came during a presentation to European print industry magazine editors. Back in May at its IPEX press conference Heidelberg had said that it was searching for digital print partners (emphasis on the plural) and would make some decisions before year’s end. We’ve been waiting since then. Graph Expo passed. What a great opportunity to gain the spotlight even though Heidelberg didn’t have a booth there! Then early in December Océ and manroland announced a partnership, and still there was no news from Heidelberg. We’d been hoping for a Christmas news release, but that will have to wait. And it may be a bit of a wait. print.de reports that a likely time for the announcement could be the Digimedia show in April in Dusseldorf. Read more »

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