Mar 20, 2015
On March 16, 2015, HP EMEA celebrated the grand opening of their new Graphics Experience Center in Barcelona, Spain. This facility is housed at the EMEA headquarters of HP’s Graphics Solutions, which is also HP’s largest R&D lab outside of the U.S. More than 3,000 employees work at these facilities of which more than 450 are in R&D. HP has transformed its existing demo center into a customer facing facility called Graphics Experience Center with 60 end-to-end graphics solutions on display from HP and its partners. At 6,000 square meters, the new facility has almost double the floor space of the old one. This blog describes the highlights of the event.
HP's Graphics Experience Center in Barcelona, Spain
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Sep 24, 2013
PackExpo 13 began yesterday with a rush of attendees lined up to enter the show. This Las Vegas based event is a magnet for brand owners, manufacturers, food processors, and converters from over 127 countries and representing 40 vertical markets. Over 26,000 buyers attend this show looking for the latest innovations in packaging and food processing solutions. Many of these buyers are interested in food processing safety or green manufacturing techniques. InfoTrends is here on a quest to find out about digital printing technologies that enable buyers to find new ways to decorate their products efficiently, drive demand while maintaining product safety, and lessen environmental impact.
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Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), the fourth-largest U.S. producer of corrugated shipping boxes, recently agreed to buy Boise (BZ) Inc. for about $1.27 billion in cash, a move that will add to PCA’s capacity in the Pacific Northwest and in Europe. PCA will pay $12.55 a share, 26 percent over Boise’s Sept. 13 closing price, in a deal that also includes $714 million of Boise’s debt (based on SEC filings, this sum would appear to be Boise’s entire long-term debt). The two companies say the purchase will be complete in the fourth quarter of this year.
PCA says the takeover will increase its container board production capacity by 42%, to 3.7 million tons a year. PCA also forecasts pretax savings of $105 million within three years of the deal’s completion from lower transportation costs, and various synergies, especially in the SG&A area.
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Mar 21, 2012
InfoTrends has had two similar inquiries about the February 29 announcement of Xeikon’s 2011 results, each from a company that is not in the label press market but that is interested in it. The question has been about the possibility that the published Xeikon 2011 results are a proxy for the market for color digital in label and packaging. Xeikon N.V. (Eede, The Netherlands), a major supplier of presses for label and packaging, as well as for document printing, reported that 2011 sales fell by 7% compared with 2010, to EUR 129.8 million from EUR 139.3 million for the earlier year. The net profit, though, was EUR 7.0 million, compared with a net profit of EUR 4.7 million in 2010, an increase the company attributed to greater efficiency.
The simplest response is that no, in fact on the label and packaging side of Xeikon had a great year in 2011, and the published results are not clear on that. Meanwhile, one other note is that 2010 was a year for Xeikon, so the fact that 2011 came close to 2010 was overall not bad. For the sake of perspective, we’ll comment further here on what Xeikon reported and on what we believe the overall view is. Read more »
Jul 29, 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 »
Jun 22, 2010
Digital package printing is poised for big growth as advances in digital printing technology can now feed heightened demand for shorter runs of packages and labels from consumer goods manufacturers. At the same time, while many printing markets are losing share to the Internet, packaging is a market that can’t be digitized. Package printers, converters, and commercial printers can all benefit by expanding into this market.
According to our 2010 Market Assessment: Color Digital Printing in Packaging and Label Converting, InfoTrends projects that digital package printing will grow 15.7% annually, rising from $1.8 billion in 2009 to over $3.7 billion in 2014. Packaging represents the single biggest analog-to-digital print opportunity in the graphic communications market.
Key growth contributors include:Â
- Increases in private labeling and resulting shorter runs
- Package testing
- Customizing for target markets or event marketing
- Making the package interactive
- Streamlined solutions for secure variable data label printing
- Improvements in supply chain management
- An emphasis on sustainability
- Expanded media options
- Available technology (e.g., the presses and beyond)
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