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2016

APTech/PRIMIR/VDMA

Worldwide Market for Print 2.0: Global Opportunities in Packaging (2011-2020)

Research conducted by: The Economist Intelligence Unit

In 2013, NPES/PRIMIR completed the “World-Wide Market for Print” (WWMP) study produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) which established a new modeling framework, methodology and baseline for examining select countries comprising the majority (90%) of the global graphic communications market.  With much of the world either, recovering, in the midst, or entering economic recession – the global approach was important to help understand where major developments in the print industry are occurring and allow key players in the markets to best adapt to significant changes.  This study focuses exclusively on Packaging.  The geographical scope is 26-countries for market sizing and forecasts, with six countries selected for “deep-dive analysis” – all identified as the largest markets or fastest growing countries to provide critical market intelligence needs.  This study shows the benchmark baseline 2011–2015 data and annual five-year forecasts through 2020, with extrapolation for global market sizing, as appropriate, for the print market sectors and sub-sectors.

APTech/PRIMIR

Digital Printing Technology’s Influence on the U.S. In-Plant Printing Market

Research conducted by: IDC

Growth in digital printing technology has not only had a big impact on how traditional print service providers produce products, but it also provides an opportunity for corporations, brand owners and manufacturers to quickly and inexpensively produce some printed materials in-house.  This study investigates this market and provides insights into opportunities for traditional manufacturers of equipment and supplies.  It also investigates their equipment decision process including how they purchase their digital printing and finishing equipment, types of products produced (and what is printed in-house vs. outsourced), installed base and more.  The print customer landscape is constantly changing.  What impact will these changes have on the utilization of their products and services, and possible changes in their customer base.  Has there been a resurgence of in-plants, if so, why, and what are the impacts to the equipment and supplies manufacturers as well as the printer community?  This study provides data on the current state of in-plants in the U.S. and utilization of digital printing.

APTech/PRIMIR/NAPIM

North American Food Packaging Compliance: Impact on the Printing Industry

Research conducted by: LPC

Migration of chemicals that affect food or its consumer have long been a concern in the food packaging industry; however, migration has recently become a focal point. All companies in the food packaging value chain need an understanding of the impact their role plays in the final packaged product. Printers and converters as well as ink, coating, adhesive and substrates suppliers and other firms in the print value chain need a better understanding of food packaging regulations, trends and the impact on the printing/packaging industries. This study focuses on data and trends for North America (Mexico, Canada and the U.S.) in the primary food packaging segments. It provides a historical overview of recent trends and insights into trends through 2020 for the major food packaging segments. The study focuses on ‘critical risks’ and needs in order to provide real value in risk reduction to suppliers, converters and brand owners.

APTech/PRIMIR

North American Brand Owners' Influence on the Printing/Purchasing Process

Research conducted by: John Zarwan and Margie Dana

Brand owners are becoming increasingly demanding of converters and printers in an effort to differentiate their products in an ever more crowded marketplace.  This study provides a broad overview of the roles and responsibilities of the North American (U.S. and Canada) brand owner in today’s print business environment.  It evaluates the amount of influence brand owners have relative to printing processes, substrates, and more.  It also briefly examines what major corporation brand owners’ role has been in the past and is expected to be in the future.


2015

APTech/PRIMIR

The Future of Print in the U.S. – Landscape, Implications and Opportunities

Research conducted by: The Economist Intelligence Unit

As key outside forces drive huge change for the U.S. commercial print industry, understanding the future landscape through the lens of major outside industry drivers, can definitively highlight opportunities. Understanding preferences of U.S. consumers and the direction of both the U.S. economy and print related industries – technology, advertising, publishing and packaging – is critical. The print industry has seen shipments decline and businesses have disappeared or consolidated, with more potentially lost in the next five years. This study identifies critical trends including the evolution of the consumer experience, the rise of data, the importance of mass personalization and product differentiation, and the role of social media in content generation and consumption. Successful printers will emerge in formulating new business models based upon key concepts identified in the study, that leverage these outside trends to innovate, differentiate, specialize and provide new services.

APTech/PRIMIR

Trends and Future of Direct Mail Through 2020

Research conducted by: INTERQUEST

This study will revisit findings from a 2004 GAMIS study, evaluating all aspects of direct mail.  In addition to providing a definition of direct mail, the study would identify verticals using direct mail, utilization of new technologies including variable data printing, QR codes, Urls, augmented reality, 3D and more.  It will address manufacturing technology changes, the role of ‘big data,’ and supply chain needs.  It will explore end user (brand owner) perspectives including direct mail vs. other marketing media, response rates, and generational reach differences; drivers for utilizing direct mail such as cost, quality, timing, and other newly identified drivers.  Will discuss PSP-MSP role and how direct mail has changed.  Historical as well as forecast data and trends for the future are important.

APTech/PRIMIR

Wide Format Inkjet Printing Trends & Opportunities

Research conducted by: IDC

This study provides a definition of wide format including market size, equipment, markets, etc. This study also identifies equipment and media currently in use and explores emerging trends in technologies and applications. Covering both analog and digital processes, the study sizes the market (both historical and 3-5 years hence); identifies typical vertical markets utilizing wide-format printing; evaluates workflow; provides data and analysis of equipment installed base (both press and finishing), inks and substrates data and trends, color trends, drivers and barriers for growth (such as electronic signage) and opportunities for the future.

APTech/PRIMIR

U.S. Market Trends for Flexographic Printing

Research conducted by: Freedonia Custom Research

Perceived to be a high-growth printing process; flexography is examined in depth to provide an understanding of opportunities and threats through 2020. A key focus area is flexible packaging (corrugated is excluded) for the food, beverage, medical, bag, industrial, and other segments (as defined through the study) with analysis of quality/image requirements. This study addresses adoption rate vs. other processes, environmental issues or regional bans, life cycle cost, technological advancements and trends in presses, consumables (adhesives, doctor blades, plates) substrates and inks. It also addresses process enhancements including digital, coatings and screen.

APTech/PRIMIR

The Future of Retail Advertising

Research conducted by: J Zarwan Partners

This study updates the first PRIMIR report done in 2005. It addresses the current and future status of retail advertising’s use of print media. It investigates both brick & mortar as well as online advertising barriers and drivers, trends and growth areas. Segments include direct mail (blast and targeted), Sunday inserts, and digital media (mobile, online, coupons, QR codes, Purls, etc.) This study includes a baseline year of 2013, with a 3 year look back (2010) and a 5 year projection (2018). This study also covers distribution, use of variable data printing, and emerging applications.

 

APTech/PRIMIR

Adaptation Strategies for a Changing Business Environment for Printing Equipment Manufacturers

Research conducted by: Mason Consulting

This study provides a qualitative analysis of changing revenue sources with some quantitative data regarding total revenue and percent derived from sales vs. new revenue sources such as service, retrofits, rebuilds, consulting services, etc. for the various constituents of PRIMIR and NPES including press manufacturers, digital press manufacturers, bindery and other equipment, and press accessories.

APTech/PRIMIR

Print Applications: Revenues, Processes and Run Lengths in Commercial Printing

Research conducted by: I.T. Strategies

This study is limited to the North American market and provides historical statistics for 2010, current stats for 2012 and forecasts to 2017. The study includes commercial, quick and retail printers and focus on marketing and advertising applications include: catalogs, brochures/pamphlets, inserts, direct mail, coupons and other. The study helps manufacturers and dealers understand opportunities and trends by application and print process.  Additionally, the study explores the revenue breakdown since the value of pages is different between the various processes.

APTech/PRIMIR

Tag & Label Printing Trends

Research conducted by: LPC

Focused on North America, this study covers tags and prime labels (wet glue, pressure sensitive, clear, stretch or shrink-wrap, and pull-out labels) as well as in-mold labels and heat transfer labels.  It includes shipments, export data, information about functionality by product and market segment, technology investments (incl. speed, productivity, image quality, color consistency, run length, and more).  Print process usage and shifts by market segment, substrate and other consumables usage stats and trends are included.


2014

APTech/PRIMIR

UV/EB Curing Technologies in Printing

Research conducted by: I.T. Strategies

There is limited data and information available about the use of UV and EB curing technologies in print markets.  This study investigates the application of these technologies in the various print markets and end-use segments and the barriers, drivers, and opportunities for further adoption in the various print markets in North America and Europe.  It focuses on the commercial printing and packaging printing markets.  The study provides 2012 data as a benchmark and provides historical statistics as well as forecasts through 2017.

APTech/PRIMIR

Packaging in Emerging Markets (Latin America & Asia-Pacific)

Research conducted by: LPC

This research provides a qualitative assessment of the current state of packaging and converting in two primary regions: Latin America and Asia-Pacific (major countries producing packaging including Mexico, Brazil, China, and India and other emerging markets). It includes benchmark data on packaging shipments (including separate breakouts for packaging exports and trade flows) for folding cartons, flexible packaging, labels, and corrugated for 2001-2012 and forecasts through 2017. Trend analysis and a view of the marketplace in 2017 include: criteria for determining manufacturing location and packaging/converting location, labor trends in emerging markets impacting the purchasing decision, and sustainability.

APTech/PRIMIR

Value-Added Printing and Finishing for Improved Profitability

Research conducted by: Hal Hinderliter CS

This study addresses foiling, coatings, color, laminating, die cutting and more. It identifies how brand owners manage color requirements. It also addresses cost constraints and return on investment and trends by application. The study also evaluates how print with these high-end printing/finishing techniques present opportunities to compete against e-technologies.

APTech/PRIMIR

World-wide Market for Print: Identifying Global Opportunities for the Print Industry

Research conducted by: The Economist Intelligence Unit

Building upon a previous 2006 study, this in-depth study provides global and regional trends across the printing industry, including an assessment of the market size for 51 of the largest markets around the world. This study delivers a macroeconomic analysis for the global printing industry as well as by country, validates existing data from previous work done in 2006 and 2009 that sizes the print market, print products, and equipment, consumables and substrates by country and provides trends, data and analysis through the next five years.

APTech/PRIMIR

Emerging Printing Technologies & Applications

Research conducted by: Pivotal Resources

This new study provides an understanding of adjacent product markets that could utilize printing technologies to manufacture such as RFID, security applications, displays, electronic circuits, bio-sensors and micro printing and explore threats, opportunities drivers and barriers as well as applications in the printing industry over the next three to five years.  The study explores stages of development and commercialization.  The scope of the study is global product development with attention to those that could offer opportunities to the North American printing industry. 


2013-2005

2013
Impact of Integrated Marketing on the Printing Industry
Recent PRIMIR studies demonstrated the need for a better understanding of integrated marketing and how to secure print’s role. This study identifies the highest growth vertical markets for integrated marketing providing market size, growth rates, trends, and potential for print in their marketing mix. Case studies showcase printers who have successfully transformed themselves into integrated marketing service providers. (InfoTrends)

eCommerce & Print Business Models
This study defines the market landscape, segmentation, definitions, and size for e-commerce print providers. It provides an understanding of the business models, sales & marketing strategies, organizational structure and service level requirements (in-house or outsourced), shipping practices and more. (InfoTrends)

Defining & Understanding Communication Platform Trends: Implications to the Print Value Chain
This study identifies and evaluates communication platform choices, trends, related demographic changes, and their impact on future print volume to help firms in the print value chain understand the opportunities and challenges ahead. This study validates, quantifies and explains how these and other factors affect the choices organizations make, who makes the choices based upon what criteria, and more. It provides a roadmap so that members can better position their products and services to meet these changing needs and understand opportunities for new products and services. (J Zarwan Partners/Sherburne & Associates)

2012

Packaging: Evaluation of Vertical Markets & Key Applications
As part of a continuing series of studies focused on packaging, this study delves into the primary vertical markets such as food, pharmaceutical, etc. and investigate key trends impacting the various packaging segments (flexible, folding cartons, corrugated, and labels). Among other things, it quantifies shipments and growth rates by vertical markets and segments, investigates the role of packaging in marketing and retailing efforts, delves into sustainability and recycling requirements, and evaluates trends about where the package printing/converting is sourced. (Karstedt Partners, LLC)

Evaluating and Understanding Non-Print Revenues of N.A. Printing Companies
Since the 2006 PRIMIR study was completed, printers continue to add non-print services to augment their “core” print on substrate business. Many are adding services beyond mailing and fulfillment. This study benchmarks the revenue volume and types of non-print related services offered and forecasts trends through 2013. Findings are broken out by employee size, process, and end-use/segment specialization. This research outlines the impact of non-print services on the printer’s business including revenues, profitability, estimating, costing, staffing, workflow, equipment purchases, and more. It also makes recommendations to printers about tracking their revenue sources through various systems and discusses opportunities and impacts for graphic arts equipment and consumables suppliers. (State Street Consultants)

Impact of Electronic Technologies on Print
Limited to North America with some general discussion about global trends and impacts in developed economies, this study establishes a framework that discusses how the technology developments will impact print and provides a qualitative and quantitative assessment for the 12 end-use print applications. This study looks back over the past five years; provides a current-day assessment and a five-year forecast for various electronic technologies that may complement print as well as become an electronic substitution of print. (I.T. Strategies)

2011

Evolution of General Commercial Print: Implications for the Future
With a focus on North America and Western Europe, this study examines general commercial printing but excludes companies where more than 85% of output is in a single niche application. It looks back at what happened, why, deaths and births of companies, evolution of markets, emerging technologies, changing business practices, etc., and then provides a directional view of the future including new business models and changing practices, workflow and process shifts, and future scenarios. This study begins with 2000, provides a framework for today (2011), and a blueprint for 2015 and beyond. It evaluates the future based on lessons learned and key emerging trends and provides an outlook for printers and other firms in the print value chain. (Market-Intell, Favus & Associates and State Street Consultants)

Economic Indicators for Print
The purpose of this study was to identify a set of economic indicators such as GDP, ad dollar spend, paper volume, print capacity utilization, broadband penetration, mail volume, or other indicators that can be used to forecast the short and medium-term effects on print volume and the sale of print industry consumables and capital equipment. (University of Cincinnati’s Applied Economics Research Institute)

Printing Industry Consumables Usage & Trends
This study provides an understanding of the usage trends for the numerous consumables utilized by the various print processes (flexo, gravure, offset & digital) and by major application segments (packaging, newspapers, general commercial, publication, and government/inplant/education). Consumables included are: inks (UV, toner, inkjet, conventional), coatings, plates, blankets, sleeves and other pressroom chemistry. This study identifies consumables shifts as printers transition from conventional to digital by application. This study also provides secondary research quantitative estimates for consumption patterns and shifts. (State Street Consultants)

Transformative Workflow Strategies for Print Applications
This study explores the unique characteristics of a transformative workflow developed in support of business objectives or practices or for a key print application. It includes application or market segment-specific workflow diagrams, drivers, barriers, and market receptivity, ROI analysis, and case studies. Segments included in the study are: publishing (magazines, books, newspapers, journals, manuals and other bound documents), promotional (direct mail & marketing collateral), VDP (transactional documents, direct mail/marketing materials), and cross-media campaign metrics and dashboards. (InfoTrends)

2010

Trends & Future of Direct Marketing
This study assesses and predicts trends for 2010 through 2013 and beyond including the impact of technology, economic/social issues, environmental, postal rates, and demographics in the North American marketplace. It also includes global trends in direct marketing that may impact or influence the North American print market. It looks at numerous vertical markets use of direct mail, catalogs, inserts & flyers, transpromo and other print products used for direct marketing. (John Zarwan & INTERQUEST)

Megatrends in Digital Printing Applications
This study provides detailed page volume findings for North America, and top-level findings world-wide through 2014. It covers electrophotography (toner & ink), inkjet, and hybrid (digital with litho) and page volumes and usage/adoption trends for major applications such as catalogs, magazines, newspapers, books, direct mail, and packaging. It also evaluates digital printing costs vs. analog. Study provides an understanding of digital printing adoption impacts on the entire print value-chain, including analog print technologies. (I.T. Strategies)

Benchmarking and Worldwide Market Trends for Flexographic Printing
This study benchmarks current press, consumables and production data and provides forecasts thru 2012 while evaluating the current and future environment for flexography. It discusses market and print process drivers for change by global region as well as by market segment including tag and label, flexible packaging, folding cartons and corrugated. It also addresses non-packaging—including security printing and the growing printed electronics markets. This study also covers technological innovations and technology adoption in both capital equipment and consumables. (LPC, Inc.)

2009

World Wide Market for Print: 2009-2014 Database Update
This CD-ROM contains a statistical database that updates data contained in the PRIMIR original 2007 "World Wide Market for Print" series of reports. This revised database updates the worldwide data from 2007 and offers adjusted forecasts through 2014 for the global printing industry and its various components. In addition to current regional and national data, the CD highlights data for key print markets for the future and offers a forecast on the state of various print products, market segments, printing equipment, consumables markets, and more. (Pira International, Ltd.)

Global Trends in Printing & Writing Papers
Printing and writing paper qualities, properties and specifications vary by global region. This study evaluates these regional differences and quality concerns, and forecasts dynamics, issues and trends for printing and writing papers based on interviews with both supply-side companies and with a range of end users. This research includes a comparative visual assessment program of selected paper grades by U.S. and UK panels, in addition to a physical testing program. This report includes an examination of the dynamics of the printing and writing sector by end use and region with a focus on North America and investigates implications for the various PRIMIR member segments. (Pira International, Ltd.)

Global Trends in Packaging Affecting N.A. Converter & Supplier Markets
This study identifies global packaging trends that impact the North American converter and supplier markets, identifying drivers and barriers and demographic, environmental, or regulatory issues influencing packaging, including offshoring issues. This study sizes the market and provides forecasts for labels, folding cartons, corrugated, flexible and retort pouch packaging and identifies trends impacting each segment, including substrate and coating requirements. This study also evaluates food versus other packaged goods and identifies the package format specifiers and their future needs. (State Street Consultants with Karstedt Associates, Ltd.)

Media Mix and the Impact on Print: 2003-2007-2012
Print is part of the communications media mix. This study addresses the future of advertising dollars spent in the printing industry’s various applications. It also addresses how the Internet, and new business models for advertisers, impact print. This report identifies opportunities and threats and investigates executive and consumer attitudes towards print. (JMK & Associates)
Trends in Books: 2007-2012 The book market is changing rapidly. This study evaluates the entire value-chain for books, including the creation process. It sizes and segments the markets by black & white vs. color, evaluates imports and exports, and reviews technological and printing process changes. In addition, this report investigates paper trends including green issues, evaluates new vs. traditional distribution channels, investigates e-book adoption and other threats, and much more. This study updates the 2003 report, plus addresses new objectives noted above. (PrintCom Consulting Group)

Sourcing Behavior of North American Print Originators: 2003-2013
This study looks at North American print purchasing trends. A perception is that print is becoming more mobile and production is shifting from local or regional to national or global and/or from developed markets to under-developed or emerging markets around the world. This study investigates and profiles the practices of North American print buyers and/or specifiers to evaluate where they purchase and why, drivers or barriers to purchasing outside their local, regional or national market, and profiles print products generally considered suitable for printing outside of the local market. (Sherburne & Associates and Print Buyers International)

Sustainable Print in a Dynamic Global Market: What Going Green Means
Sustainability and green business practices are here to stay. This study provides an understanding of the global and North American impact of this mandate to embrace sustainable/green business practices through the next three to five years. More important, this report defines the risks, opportunities and strategies of North American printers and suppliers. It delves into regulatory, economic, social and environmental drivers. This report identifies and quantifies best practice strategies to implement successful, sustainable, green practices and provides eight case studies from around the globe. (Pira International, Ltd.)

2008

Trends in Sheetfed Lithography
This North American study evaluates the current and future trends in sheetfed press technology including longer and wider presses, perfecting, hybrid printing, roll to sheet-fed, ink and coating technologies, inline finishing as well as inkjet for variable capabilities, etc. Markets covered are general commercial, packaging and specialty. This study identifies trends in consumable usage by end use or application including substrates and changes such as trends toward alkaline porous papers, specialty inks, UV and other coatings as well as roll to sheet feeders. It also evaluates hybrid workflows with digital printing. (Reed Business Information)

Benchmarking 2006 N.A. Printers and Consumables
This study provides an overall quantitative and qualitative industry assessment of general commercial printing in North America in 2007, using 2006 as the base year. It profiles the number of plants by geographic region and size, and identifies markets served and profiles the typical products produced including estimates on consumption of paper, ink, blankets, and other supplies. It also provides a profile of equipment utilized. (State Street Consultants)

The Future of the North American Newspaper Industry
North American newspaper circulation and advertising is in decline. Newspaper publishers are redefining themselves to stave off competition from the Internet in general, and specific classified ad sites such as Craigslist or Monster. This study investigates both newspaper publishers and commercial printers who print newspapers from 2007 – 2012 and provides an assessment of the newspaper industry including threats and barriers as well as new opportunities and new directions as newspapers reinvent themselves and their business models. (iMedia Advisory Group)

Mega Printers’ Impact on the North American Print Market
Huge printers with more than 250 employees conduct business in a very different way than the average general commercial printer. This study investigates the geographic footprint effect of mergers and acquisitions (by state) and investigates purchasing power of these mega printers, and shifts due to consolidation, as well as the impact on other printers and on equipment and supplies manufacturers. This study also evaluates trends in equipment disposition and explores the impacts of print jobs being shifted to offshore plants. (J Zarwan Associates)

Trends and Future for Financial and Transactional Printing
This study identifies and quantifies the market for financial and transactional printing in 2007, with forecasts through 2012. Segments include statements, documentation, policies and prospectuses (including transpromo). It also investigates regulatory and other drivers and barriers impacting this specialty printing segment. Vertical markets include insurance, financial and banking. This study addresses the influence of the Internet, EBPP, and transpromo trends, consumer acceptance of each, and delves into the trends in printing processes utilized to serve this market including installed base of equipment and unique workflow requirements. Consumer research was an integral part of the methodology. (I.T. Strategies)

2007

Trends in Inkjet Technologies
This study reviews the technology and product lifecycle of inkjet products used for output applications (non-proofing). It discusses the growth/decline in various applications such as signs, direct mail, transactional, posters, point of purchase displays, and industrial applications. It reviews drivers and barriers for adoption of this technology in the various applications, as well as various print market segments and provides trends and forecasts the potential impact on litho and toner markets. (I.T. Strategies)

The World Wide Market for Print: Final (Phase III) Report
This report is the final of three studies. This study looks ahead at the global challenges facing the printing industry during the course of the next five years. It provides print market forecasts for the period 2006 to 2011 across print product markets, print processes and also company type, as well as data on machinery, inks, substrates and prepress consumables. This data is provided for 51 national markets, together accounting for over 99% of the global print market, as well as on a region-by-region basis. The final report follows two earlier phased studies covering trends during the first half of the decade, the first issued in 2006 focused on print product markets and the second in early 2007, covered markets across inks, substrates, consumables and machinery. The Phase III report is accompanied by a database of statistical information supplied in electronic format (CD-ROM), covering both market information and background statistics on the operating environment. (Pira International, Ltd.)

World Wide Market for Print: Phase II Report
This report represents the second of three studies. This study quantifies the value of global markets for print machinery and other equipment, printing inks, printing substrates and other consumables. These markets are broken down by region and by national market, with the 51 countries analyzed in detail in this study accounting for an estimated 99% of the global print market. Overall print market figures are also provided for other countries included within these regions. Machinery and inks markets are also split by print process, with volume data also provided for inks, substrates and other consumable markets. (Pira International, Ltd.)

Magazine Printing and Publishing in the US—2006-2011
This study assesses key changes taking place in magazine printing and publishing through 2010 in North America. It addresses ad formats (digital vs. film) and impact on turnaround, time, cost, quality/quality-control, targeting, zoning, and globalization. It identifies trends in the number of titles (by category), circulation, readership, demographics/psychographics, and custom publishing. Distribution and consumable trends are also covered. It also discusses trends and effectiveness of “e-zines,” and publisher strategies regarding print vs. Internet and profitability measurements. (PrintCom Consulting Group)

Life Cycle of the Analog and Digital Lithographic Printing Plate – 2007 Update
This report is an update to the 2005 study. The objective of this study is to identify the consumption of printing plates by market segment and size of printer for products such as: conventional lithographic plates, direct to metal lithographic plates and direct to non-metal lithographic plates. This study also forecasts plate consumption change for the next five years. (State Street Consultants)

Installed Base and Market Potential for Traditional Bindery/Finishing Technologies
The same forces that transformed pre-press and press rooms over the last decade are now reshaping the traditional bindery. This study profiles the North American installed base of in-line and off-line production bindery/finishing equipment by type, format (size), cycle speed, age, market, and shop size, to characterize the status of the current bindery, broken out by in-plant, production digital printer, commercial printer, and trade bindery. This study also addresses barriers and drivers for bindery investment decisions including automation, JDF readiness, CIP4, etc. It delves into the decision process for new vs. used equipment. This study also identifies bindery areas where printers still depend upon manual hand labor operations, and areas in greatest need for automation. (State Street Consultants with Larry Tanowitz)

Effect of Postal Reform on the Demand for Print
This Executive Insight study explains the new postal legislation and pending changes and evaluates the effects of postal reform and potential postage increases on the demand for print. It identifies the ‘trickle down’ effect postal service (and postage) changes have on all segments of the printing industry including general commercial, periodical, catalog, direct mail and financial. This study discusses the impact this has not only on print volume, but also mailing and fulfillment processes and the implications to printers as well as suppliers of equipment and consumables. (INTERQUEST, Ltd.)

2006

World Wide Market for Print: Phase I Report
This report represents the first of three studies. This study quantifies the value of the global print market and breaks it down by region and by national market. The 51 countries analyzed in detail in this study account for an estimated 99% of the global print market. Overall print market figures are also provided for other countries included within these regions. Print markets are also split by print process and by print product. This report also provides background information on key trends within the operating environment, including economic, demographic, advertising and other key information drawn from a database. (Pira International, Ltd.)

Digital Printing Outlook in a Production Environment
This study provides a quantitative analysis of the installed base of black and white and color digital printing equipment in North America by geographic region, and possibly broken out by size/type of firm including printers, trade shops, and in-plants. This study also provides a qualitative overview of trends, as well as discussion on barriers and drivers to adoption of digital printing. The analysis results in a forecast through 2011. (State Street Consultants, Inc. and John M. Hamm & Associates, LLC)

Small Commercial and Quick Printer Study: 2006-2011
What is the Quick Printer’s path to success? – What are the market leaders doing, how are they growing their business? This study investigates the print business at small copy shops, franchises, and the superstores such as Office Max and Office Depot. Is the future franchise or owner/operator? Is the future national branding or print and distribute or ‘all print is local?’ Will the new global owners of quick print centers be using their last mile delivery capability to build a new business for advertisers? This project defines the size of the quick print market (dollars and sites), and profiles the profit leaders including product mix and print processes. It identifies sales trends for the next 5-10 years. It also segments the 2005 market size by: franchise quick printers, owner/operator entrepreneurs, superstore quick print sites, and FedEx or UPS owned sites. It also identifies product and ancillary service mix such as: print, digital printing, wide format, embroidery, banners, web page development, etc. (J Zarwan Partners and Sherburne & Associates)

Benchmarking Non-Print Revenues of U.S. Printing Companies: 2005-2010
Printers are increasingly adding non-print ancillary services to augment their “core” print on paper business. This study identifies the revenue volume and types of non-print related services offered and trends through 2010. Findings are broken out by employee size, process, and end-use/segment specialization. The final analysis outlines the impact of ancillary services on printer’s business as well as the impact on graphic arts equipment and consumables suppliers. (Richards Research)

The Future of Catalogs
This study provides a better understanding of the future trends and potential growth for catalogs: business-to-consumer, business-to-business and hybrid. It provides an understanding of the role the print catalog plays in the advertising mix and how growth in multi-channel marketing has impacted the print catalog. This study includes recent historical data and provides quantitative projections for 2010 and directional projections for 2015 and beyond. It also provides quantitative analysis of consumption of graphic arts supplies and identifies shifts in print process. (PrintCom Consulting Group)

Current and Future Trends in Printing Processes and Run Lengths
This study evaluates the printing processes: lithography, flexography, gravure, letterpress and digital utilized in North America and identifies why and where shifts are taking place. This includes web offset to gravure, sheet-fed offset to digital, flexo to offset, flexo to gravure and hybrid processes. Shifts between flexography and gravure for packaging and the impacts are also addressed. It covers trends today with a forecast through 2010. This report includes a quantitative forecast of the growth and decline of printing processes in the market to 2010 and identifies drivers and trends in run lengths by end-use application and discusses various run length concerns. (Naselli/SFM/PrintCom)

Status of Integrated Automation in the Commercial Printing Industry - 2006, An Executive Insight Report
This report provides an update to the information found in the March 2005 PRIMIR study, “Integrated Automation in the Commercial Printing Industry.” (PrintCom Consulting Group)

2005

Dynamics and Trends in Color Proofing
This study identifies the size of the market for inkjet, toner, conventional, film-based, digital halftones, monitor & PDF proofing. It identifies trends for the key market segments in North America including: commercial, book, and publication printers as well as newspapers, packaging printers, in-plants, and ad agencies and discusses concept, content, imposition and contract proofs. 2005 is the base with trends and forecasts projected through 2010. An interactive model is included. (State Street Consultants)

Electronic Displacement of Print
This study looks at how print is impacted by existing and emerging technologies. It covers the Internet in general, SMS, Search, RSS Feeds, E-paper, E-Book Readers, E-mail, and other electronic media. This study details how much electronic technologies are displacing, as well as driving, new print by end product (books, catalogs, direct mail, inserts, journals, etc.), demographic and cultural changes impacting print vs. new media, and in direct marketing – how effectively print compares to other technologies. (J Zarwan Partners)

Current and Future Status of Integrated Automation in the Commercial Printing Industry
This study queries printers already involved in integrated automation of their plant to find out what are they doing and how, how it has worked, as well as identify the process, bottlenecks, drivers and barriers for adoption, costs involved and paybacks. This study also queries those not yet involved and determines why. It also addresses whether integrated automation is applicable for all sizes of printing operations. (PrintCom Consulting)

Life Cycle of the Analog and Digital Lithographic Printing Plate
The objective of this study is to identify the consumption of printing plates by market segment and size of printer. This study analyzes products such as: conventional lithographic plates, direct to metal lithographic plates and direct to non-metal lithographic plates. This study also addresses how plate consumption will change in the next five years, what plates are being displaced and why, trends as to what type of plates are preferred within the above products and what factors drive purchase decisions on plates (run length, cost, brand name, sales channel, environmental, etc.). (State Street Consultants)

The Market for Print Finishing Technologies
This study analyzes how today's changing printing technologies and streamlined workflows are affecting print finishing technologies and workflows (in-line and off-line). It establishes current market and future growth trends for “high-end” finishing technologies such as: foil stamping and embossing, die cutting, laminating and coating, gluing, scoring and wrapping equipment. This study also identifies the impact of skilled labor in post press. (Mason Consulting/PrintCom Consulting)

Trends in Paper Grade Substitution: 2005-2010
This study evaluates historical trends in printing & writing paper grades, blurring of traditional classifications, lower basis weights, etc. It also evaluates demand for each of the grades; identifying which end use markets are driving changes to grades, imports influence on purchase decision, grade substitution, and the influence of standards like SNAP and Gracol. (Temanex Consulting)

Future Direction and Trends in Retail Print Media Advertising
This study updates a previous GAMIS study and addresses the current status of this market, drivers and barriers to changes and retail trends in the use of print media advertising. The focus is on newspaper inserts, in-store inserts, direct mail, and magazines. It also investigates printing process trends and shifts, for example from litho to digital. (Wilkofsky, Gruen Associates)

Package Printing and Converting, An Industry Assessment: 2004-2009
This study is an update to the 1994 Package Printing study. This study quantifies the market for package printing in the U.S. and Canada by major packaging industries. It also assesses the utilization of printing equipment and graphic arts supplies by process (flexo, gravure, offset) and product type. It investigates the following markets: folding carton, corrugated, flexible packaging, plastic and tag and labels and addresses important trends such as color printing, printing processes, distribution/buying patterns and legislative/environmental issues as they relate to the package printing industry. (State Street Consultants)