Posts tagged: emerging markets

Move over Silicon Valley – new Startup Ventures are in South Korea

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 Sep 17, 2013

South Korea has grown with incredible speed since the 1970s, and now represents the tenth largest economy in the world. Currently, the country is one of the global leaders in the high-technology industry with leading technology suppliers, such as Samsung and LG, calling Korea home. South Korea also has a strong base of wide format manufacturers that are not only known in country, but throughout the world.

Image of South Korea's Captial Seoul, Source: PhotoBucket

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Where the Growth is: Digital Printing in Russia

Ralf Schlozer
 Aug 16, 2012

In many markets digital printing is maturing and while there is still good growth in colour printing, when combined with a decline in black & white digital print volume, the total growth rate is not that impressive (see also the blog on POD growth in US and Europe). But this is not the case for all countries and to find an exception we do not have to look very far.

Russia is by far the largest country in Central and Eastern Europe and since the year 2000 the Russian GDP has more than doubled. Apart from a dip in 2009 the economy has been growing rapidly and is poised to continue on that path. In fact, the Russian nominal GDP growth (including exchange rate effects and not adjusted for inflation) between 2000 and 2009 was better than China.

Not all industries in Russia have experienced growth at this rate however and the printing and publishing industries are among those that are lagging behind — not an unusual picture as printing demand generally follows the growth of other industries and requires an infrastructural framework that takes time to build up. InfoTrends held conferences on digital printing and publishing in Russia for several years and the interest in digital technology was obvious. It was also obvious that the market was still in an early phase.

But with improvements in the postal system and distribution infrastructure, a rise in advertising and publishing activities, and general growth in wealth, the demand for all kinds of print is rising. Not having a strong legacy in analogue printing is probably helping the digital print market and we certainly noticed growth in digital production equipment installations over recent years. Now, with a couple of years’ experience in tracking and observing the Russian digital printing market, the time has come for InfoTrends to publish a detailed Russian digital printing forecast for the first time. Read more »

In the News – July 15th

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 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 »

New Opportunities for Imaging in Brazil, Russia, India, and China

Ed Lee
 May 18, 2011

As the developed regions of the world, like the United States and Western Europe, experience a maturing of the digital camera and photo printing markets, new sales opportunities will come from emerging markets, most of which are in early stages of market development. Among these emerging markets are Brazil, Russia, India, and China, also known as the BRIC countries. These countries are ripe for growth in digital photography and have common traits that will appeal to digital imaging vendors.

Low household penetration rates for digital cameras and large populations are a good combination for increased camera sales to first-time buyers; however, growth rates may be hindered to some degree by low penetration of personal computers and home Internet access, as well as low household incomes in these countries. Nevertheless, growth in these adjacent markets will help fuel the digital photography market.

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