Posts tagged: Digital Printing

The Rise of Digital B2

Ralf Schlozer
 Aug 29, 2019

Personally, I always believed in the potential of B2 digital since it become mainstream at drupa 2012 with several vendors showing or previewing products. Of course, new product concepts often take longer in hitting the market than expected, accordingly it took some time for real placements to arrive at customer sites. In our research we already identified a number of benefits these presses bring, and therefore it was no surprise to see installations rise quickly for several years.

For 2018 we feared to see some slowdown, as the printers with investment interest should have already made their calculation by then whether there is a business case for a B2 digital press or not. But it seems there is quite a bit of continuing interest for the devices, and 2018 placements held up reasonably well, despite drupa 2020 looming large. There are ongoing improvements on the existing devices, but there will be a lot more choice in models at drupa 2020, including next generation improvements on existing ones. But it seems that even in the meantime companies interested in B2 still find new opportunities, business cases, or are still only beginning to explore the capabilities of existing devices.

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Print On Demand Forecast shows high growth in Colour Inkjet

Ralf Schlozer
 Jul 16, 2019

Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends just launched their latest digital printing forecast for the POD market. For years we have been tracking and forecasting digital production printing markets, including placements, installed base, print volumes, equipment, service and supplies revenues. The data can be broken down by multiple device classes and features to allow for further insights. Our latest POD forecast has 2018 as base year and looks at developments until 2023.

It is always interesting to see how types of devices with a small number of placements can have a big effect on other metrics, such as print volumes. Continuous feed (CF) colour inkjet started to gain traction in 2008, and while sales crept up, the total number is barely reaching 291 units in the US and about 160 in Western Europe. This even includes counting these devices by engine, which means the number of installed print lines is about half. It pales against 12,000 (WE) to 16,000 (US) toner-based devices installed in 2018, even when excluding entry level devices.

Looking at print volumes we see how the small group of CF inkjet colour devices already has a big impact on colour volumes. By 2018 inkjet print volumes overtook colour toner volumes, mostly due to the impact of CF inkjet devices, which contribute about 95% to the colour inkjet print volume.

POD Digital Colour Print Volume Forecast

CF colour inkjet will be a major driver not only in the future growth of inkjet impressions, but for colour impressions in general. Although we expect the colour toner volumes to increase by 10 to 15% by 2023, the colour inkjet volumes are expected to grow by around 80% between 2018 and 2023. This is leading to an average annual growth in the range of 8 to 9% for all colour digital impressions. Not only because of the recent success in CF inkjet sales will the US remain the larger market, the US market has a larger potential in replacing black & white volumes as well. Converting digital black & white volumes into colour has been a big driver in the past, but offset conversion and application growth will drive this colour growth more and more.

The dominance of CF colour inkjet will wane somewhat in the future as more cut-sheet inkjet devices are launched and prove to be very productive. We expect drupa 2020 to be a major launch pad. Still, even by 2023 the vast majority of inkjet print volumes will be contributed by the continuous feed devices.

For more details on our latest US and Western Europe POD forecast and all the other digital print and imaging forecasts we produce please contact us at or check out our report store

 

 

Memjet DuraLink and MGI AlphaJet

Ralf Schlozer
 Jul 9, 2019

Memjet invited recently several European analysts and journalists to a press event into their San Diego HQ – in a move to make the Memjet brand more well known in Europe. Memjet is the R&D company behind a set of highly compact inkjet heads and assemblies that are integrated by small to large size OEM partners into their printing equipment. Memjet’s approach especially enables small companies or custom integrators to bring their business ideas to life, which could never afford their own inkjet head development. Memjet markets their heads to OEMs, not to end users. Still Memjet supports marketing printers that are using their inkjet heads and has coined the tag line “Memjet inside “. This works well, if the company behind is well known enough and accordingly Memjet is stepping up their market visibility to drive further growth.

From an early days R&D lab in Australia with a bunch of patents Memjet grow into a 350+ employee company. The company started out with a model of page-wide inkjet heads, now termed VersaPass, mainly for office products. The company expanded its reach via integrators in the production print space, these in turn, helped diversify the offerings into wide format, high volume press engines and components sets.

With the next generation DuraLink the company made a big step into high volume production print. The DuraLink line of heads has been launched in 2017, which has been covered in another blog already (https://blog.infotrends.com/bright-new-horizons-for-memjet-duralink-integrators/). Memjet quotes a head life of 50 litres of ink with 2.2pl droplets (compared to 1.5 pl of the VersaPass) and the use of pigment ink, while preserving the 1,600 dpi spatial resolution of the VersaPass head. Printing resolution in the direction of the paper transport depends on the speed and ranges from 1585 dpi at 75.5 m/min to 580 at 203.6 m/min.

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Reflections on Ricoh Interact 2019

German Sacristan
 Jul 3, 2019

The Ricoh Interact 2019 event took placed early June in Denver CO.  The three-day educational event enabled print service providers (PSPs) to connect with industry experts, fellow print professionals, and Ricoh leadership and product developers to help grow their business. Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends (InfoTrends) analysts were on hand to attend the show. Topics at Ricoh Interact varied, with focuses on support software, wide format, inkjet, and toner. All of these topics were being addressed by category – Ricoh had divided the event into Business Development, Operational Excellence, Print Solutions, and a Ricoh ProcessDirector User Group.

Ricoh Interact 2019 Banner

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Changing the Landscape of Décor Print Industry: Toppan’s Acquisition of Interprint

Ron Gilboa
 Jul 2, 2019

Observers of the global print industry recently got more evidence of the power Japan-based Toppan’s drive to expand its industrial print operations and marketing. On June 24, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., announced it has acquired 100% of Interprint GmbH (Germany), a global printer of décor materials such as wallpaper and laminates. Dubbing Toppan as just a printing company does not do justice to this giant organization, which has been an innovator in print and related activities for over a century. Today, it is a leading supplier of print, equipment, and services to a wide range of segments, including décor, packaging, and other industrial applications. On June 27th, 2019 Toppan also announced a new president, Mr. Hideharu Maro. As part of the announcment, Toppan stated “Mr. Maro takes over at a time when digital transformation and changing market dynamics are creating new openings and opportunities for the printing industry. Toppan has identified packaging, décor materials, and security solutions as its main growth engines globally and is strengthening the well-established international network of its electronics business.”

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Western Europe: Applications in Digital On Demand Printing

German Sacristan
 Jun 26, 2019

Extracted from a recent InfoTrends Market Report on Print Applications:

Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends (InfoTrends) recently questioned respondents in the United States and Western Europe about the digital and analog print applications they offered for sale. The responses for both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are outlined in the charts below.

Respondents in the United States as well as Western Europe cited an array of printed marketing applications, including business cards, brochures/flyers, catalogs, and direct mail. Although the top two applications for U.S. and Western European respondents were business cards and brochures, there were some differences as well. For example, whereas respondents in the United States were more focused on direct mail, those in Western Europe were Read more »

Xerox Repositions its MPS Business

Barbara Richards
 Jun 19, 2019

Last month, Xerox held a briefing for industry analysts on its service offerings. A key takeaway from this event is that Xerox is re-positioning its MPS brand to “intelligent workplace services.”

Intelligent workplace services are geared toward improving the customer experience, as well as enhancing how employees get more work done. This moves Xerox beyond managing print to helping clients manage their larger workplace. According to Joanne Collins Smee, chief commercial officer at Xerox, “There is a significant opportunity for our clients to automate the inbound and outbound communications, extract value from ingested data and streamline business processes to unlock immense productivity gains”.

Xerox Intelligence Workplace Services

 

That said, two of the three main challenges addressed by intelligence workplace services have a tight alignment with MPS. One is organizations’ need to gain control of their print infrastructure, including equipment, consumables, and associated repair and operating costs. The other is securing the print infrastructure, including printed material, print devices on the network, and collected data.

It is really the third challenge that goes beyond traditional MPS; that is the need to replace paper-based processes with more efficient workflows that boost employee productivity and satisfaction. This is achieved through a combination of analytics, automation, content management, mobility, and more.

Intelligence workplace services falls within the umbrella of Xerox’s horizontal services. Other horizontal services are available for capture and content, accounts payable, digital hub and cloud print, and campaign on demand. Available globally, these offerings are focused on streamlining time-consuming, business-critical processes

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Digital Displacing Flexo: HP Indigo 8000 Update

Bob Leahey
 Jun 12, 2019

HP Indigo recently made public six new US installations of the HP Indigo 8000: Innovative Labeling Solutions (ILS), Dion Label Printing, Nosco, Info Label, Quality Tape and Label, as well as Natural State Label. If you’re not familiar with HP Indigo 8000, it is essentially a double version of the company’s flagship label web, HP Indigo 6900. Following a single in-line priming unit and driven by a single digital front end (DFE), the 8000 joins two HP Indigo 6900s in sequence; the first prints images 1 and 3, the second prints 2 and 4. This allows the HP Indigo 8000 to reach 80 Read more »

Print China 2019 – Second Biggest Print Trade Show

Ralf Schlozer
 May 2, 2019

Print China, Asia’s largest printing industry exhibition, has been held every 4 years since 2007. The 4th iteration of the show took place from April 9th to 13th at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center. The trade show alternates with China Print in Beijing, which is also held every four years and caters to the general printing industry as well. Since the Chinese market is so vast, both shows have a unique regional appeal—Print China focuses on Southern China while China Print caters to the Northern China printing industry. Both shows have the same organizers and are sponsored by the Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PEIAC). Both shows are large enough to attract local as well as international visitors, primarily from the Asia Pacific region – the organizers claim visitors from more than 100 countries. Language can sometimes still be a barrier, and not all vendors are well-prepared for a discussion in English.

A final post-show statement for 2019 is not yet available, however Print China 2015 already set an historical record with a total trade volume of nearly 6 billion RMB (about US $1 billion, intended transactions included). This represented an increase of about 20% in relation to Print China 2011. In addition, Print China 2015 surpassed the 8th Beijing International Printing Technology Exhibition (China Print 2013) to become the largest exhibition in Asia and the second-largest in the world (Drupa in Germany captured the first place spot). About 206,000 visitors attended Print China in 2015, up 20% over 2011. The preliminary count for 2019 amounted to just over 200,000 visitors—in line with what was seen four years ago. The 2019 event attracted 1,200 exhibitors from 28 countries. Print China covered several halls of the Dongguan Exhibition Centre, with many halls having two floors. While the ground level floors were packed with exhibitors and visitors, the upper level was decidedly less busy. Print China 2019 accommodated 140,00 sq. meters of space, only slightly smaller than Drupa 2016 (158,237 sq. meters).

Print China Entrance

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HP Stitch – HP Enters the textile printing market

Ron Gilboa
 Apr 26, 2019

HP’s long-awaited entrance into the textile market was unveiled at the ISA Show in Las Vegas this week with a well-attended event where two new machines were front and center. Prior to this event, analysts and journalists got a sneak peek at HP’s European Innovation Day where the company’s future strategy and innovation were discussed.

Under the umbrella brand “HP Stitch,” the company plans to build out a range of products to ‘reinvent’ or possibly ‘disrupt’ the market going forward and doing so using their core HP thermal inkjet.  With the new ‘S’ sublimation range of devices it is clear is that HP is dipping its toe into the fast expanding digital textile fabric printing sector, in the process expanding on its leadership in graphics market, where the has long been involved with its aqueous, latex, solvent and UV inks.
The two devices that were officially launched at the show, were the S300 and S500, are 1.6m (64 inch) machines targeting the polyester-based sportswear, fast fashion, and soft signage market. Furthermore, the company will also launch a third product in the family the HP Stitch S1000, at the upcoming FESPA in Germany in May. The HP Stitch S1000 is a 3.2m (126 inch) device and will be targeting soft signage as well as the contract home décor market that uses a high proportion of polyester based fabrics.

HP Stitch Entry into the fashion world

HP Stitch Entry into the fashion world

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