Posts tagged: Russia

Russia’s weak economy speaks disaster

Deborah Hawkins
 Jun 24, 2015

InfoTrends latest analysis shows the market for SF & MF Printers in Russia contracted 8.5% in 2014 versus the year prior. That equates to more than 330k placements. The highest decline was in office laser placements (-9% yoy) suggesting that the weak economy is hindering investment for the majority of companies. Added to that is the continued depreciation of the Ruble which financial analysts suggest fell more than 90% against the USD in the Calendar year 2014. Blamed as the reason why businesses are not investing, it is now also a reason not to invest. The fall-out of the Ruble is mostly attributed to the conflict in Ukraine and the resulting Western Sanctions as well as the low oil price. Read more »

Russia: The Digital Photography Consumer Study

Other Posts
 Jan 10, 2013

The Russian digital photography market which was once dominated by early adopters and hobbyists is becoming a mainstream market. Many of today’s Russian digital camera owners describe themselves as mainstream adopters of technology and family memory keepers or casual photographers. As market maturation is inevitable, it typically brings with it a decline in photo activity. InfoTrends research has found that the percentage of Russian respondents who report using their digital camera once a week or more often has declined steadily over the years. Additionally the number of photos taken declined gradually between 2009 and 2011 and appears to have settled in 2012.

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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 »

Frankly Speaking: Drupa is All About Hope

Frank Romano
 May 11, 2012

Drupa is the largest print-related exhibition in the world. It is a cross between a world’s fair and the storming of the Bastille. It is the place where new printing technology is introduced. And much of that technology is years away.

The first thing that hits you is the sheer size of it all. It takes almost an hour to walk from one side of the messe (fairgrounds) to the other (well, at my age it does). There are the equivalent of 20 buildings filled with every kind of printing and related device on earth. And there were 170,000 people from all over the world by the mid-point of the show.

The day before the formal opening is when Heidelberg (HEI) has their traditional press conference. But they were usurped by Landa, a company that revealed a new nano graphic printing technology. In fact, HEI is partnering with Landa on a future printing device.

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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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Back in Moscow: On Demand Russia 2010

Ralf Schlozer
 Oct 29, 2010

There may not be many reasons to visit Moscow in late October, but the 3rd installment of the On Demand Russia Conference and Exposition turned out to be enough motivation for some.

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