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Future of the North American Corrugated Market

Research conducted by: Dynovel, Inc


Roughly 90% of all products in North America are delivered or transported in printed corrugated boxes at some point in their life cycle, making corrugated the largest sub-segment in the packaging industry.  Given its size and growth, understanding the corrugated market as it pertains to our industry is critical. This study identifies trends through 2022 by providing an overview of the current state of the industry, sizing the North American market, and providing insight into growth areas & available opportunities.


Discovering a New World of Color and Appearance Management Solutions

Research conducted by: Don Carli, President, Nima Hunter


In the eyes of print buyers, color management solutions are key for consumer product companies – as they expand around the world, they try to keep the value and integrity of their brand intact. This study should cover color management best practices, the software available, and the companies in the industry who focus on this key industry trend. Also, to be included, information related to software, hardware, system integration and who is managing this.


Attracting New Talent to the Print Industry

Research conducted by: Nona Woolbright, Clemson University

As the printing industry faces an aging workforce, printers face the critical issue of how to recruit new talent and particularly the next generation of talent that will replace those nearing retirement. This study examines the state of the U.S. printing industry workforce, how manufacturers and printing companies staff their organizations and how companies are attracting new and younger talent to their industries.



Breadth of Press Offerings for Digital Packaging Printing

Research conducted by: IDC

Personalization in packaging is a growing market trend.  But the uptake is quite slow, mostly the big brands are starting to use it but even then, the rate of adoption has been increasing steadily.  This study investigates the digital package printing press market and offerings in the U.S. for each segment within packaging (i.e. folding carton, flexible, labels and corrugated).  It identifies what the expectations are for converters and brand owners when adopting digital packaging printing technology.  In addition, it addresses the impact of customization and personalization in packaging printing.

APTech/PRIMIR/Print Promotion (VDMA)

Outlook for the Global Web-to-Print Market

Research conducted by: Smithers Pira

Web-to-Print has become an important tool for many printing companies and web-to-print vendors are reporting increasing adoption rates.  This study investigates usage rates as well as feature importance, relative to the size of the printing company.  It provides market analysis, outlook, product launch, strategic corporate developments, and market analytics as to the adoption of web-to-print.  By region, it provides past & recent, current & future analysis for the web-to-print market analyzed with annual revenues.  How are software vendors in the regions selling their commercial web-to-print solutions to printers?  What are the opportunities and challenges?


The Evolution of Print in the Cross-Generational World of Information Media

Research conducted by: Borrell Associates, Inc.

There has been a significant amount of change in the way information media is delivered and consumed due to the growing amount of technological choice.  Media began with print, before expanding into radio and television, and more recently into the Internet and mobile communication.  These five forms of information media co-exist in today’s media landscape, but each is also constantly changing to address the broad and varied demands of information consumers.  Most of today’s adult population, Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers, represent the majority of information consumers.  This group has very diverse information needs and preferences, but are most influenced by Millennials.  The impact Millennials have on media and the way it affects Baby Boomers and Gen Xers is critical to understand.  This study describes the current and future state of the U.S. information media landscape and its consumer’s generational habits and patterns.


Global Trends in Packaging Affecting North American Converter and Supplier Markets

Research conducted by: LPC

This is an update to the 2009 study with a fresh outlook on the findings and data. Packaging is the fastest growing segment in the printing industry in North America. However, some segments of the packaging market are under severe pressure based on these major factors: global economics, off-shore manufacturing of durable goods and trade imbalances. Based on these and other factors, the North American packaging market is going through dynamic changes depending upon the industry segment. This study examines how these global factors will affect the North American packaging industry and how that in turn will affect packaging converters and suppliers.


Service to U.S. Printers: Trends and Outlook

Research conducted by: NAPCO Research

Print sector customers are running their operations with a sharper business focus and as a result, have a heightened awareness of bottom line profitability. Because of this, they are increasingly reluctant to enlist outside services that may increase costs, without a demonstrated Return on Investment (ROI) or another quantifiable benefit measure. In break-fix service, customers are finding ways to get more out of their equipment before buying new and in day-to-day operations, customers are relying on industry experts to help increase productivity, reduce waste, and grow their bottom line. This changing service marketplace is generating increased demand for print services, but also placing increased requirements on print service suppliers to deliver results. Print industry service suppliers are exploring cost competitive models that can demonstrate to customers the ways they can bring increased productivity, reduced waste, and positive returns; in short, show the value their services provide and the impact they will have on print customers’ business and bottom line.


Adoption of LED UV Curing in Printing

Research conducted by: I.T. Strategies

The use of LED UV curing technology is growing faster than any other type of curing technology across all printing technologies.  This study will explore the key drivers and opportunities, barriers and challenges, for growth of LED UV curing technology by printers, by press technology, and by application segment.  This study covers commercial printing and packaging printing (folding carton, tag & label, flexible & wide format). Print processes examined are offset, flexo, inkjet and wide format.  This study also reviews the adoption rates of this fairly new curing technology, looking from 2015 thru 2021.  The scope is North America (U.S. and Canada).


The Evolution of U.S. Retail Print in an Increasingly Digital World

Research conducted by: J Zarwan Partners

Where are the flyers, in-store products, catalogs, direct mail, and POP displays going with the rise of e-commerce and mobile/digital usage?  What are the needs of retailers and of e-retailers?  How can a printer best serve them?  The scope is U.S. for in store and on-line retail.  The study looks at current retail marketing tools and how they are being used in-store and on-line retail.  It also identifies how retail print has evolved and best practices for integrating print as part of the marketing mix.  The study also examines how printers have evolved with the evolution of retail print.



Worldwide Printing Industry Consumables, Inks and Substrates Usage and Trends

Research conducted by: Freedonia Custom Research

This new study confirms, and then builds upon the 2011 study “Printing Industry Consumables Usage & Trends” and the 2013 “World-wide Market for Print: Identifying Global Opportunities for the Print Industry” study’s data and information already collected, it updates and revises the statistical data for consumables by each geographic market and on an overall global basis.  This study has benchmark data as well as examines if and how consumption may change through 2020 and how these changes may impact the consumables business.  It sizes the market for 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2020 in dollars and units.  It also includes a trend discussion for each application that covers the 2020-2025 period and discusses how expected changes would impact the print market.


Worldwide Market for Print 2.0: Global Opportunities in Publishing Printing and Marketing & Commercial Printing (2012-2021)

Research conducted by: The Economist Intelligence Unit

In 2013, NPES/PRIMIR completed the “World-wide Market for Print: Identifying Global Opportunities for the Print Industry” (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 will focus exclusively on Publishing Printing and Marketing & Commercial Printing. The geographical scope will be 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 will show the benchmark baseline 2012-2016 data and annual five-year forecasts through 2021, with extrapolation for global market sizing, as appropriate, for the print market sectors and sub-sectors.


The North American Market for Printed Rigid and Flexible Plastics

Research conducted by: Dynovel, Inc.

With no previous studies done on the plastics market, not much is known about it. However, plastics is seen as one of several materials to experience growth in the area of print. This study will discuss the market for rigid plastics and flexible packaging (food packaging, agriculture, wraps, etc.) and niche markets such as lenticular. This study will also help gain a better understanding of the general market and printing trends.


North American MIS/ERP Adoption in Commercial Printing

Research conducted by: David Zwang

MIS/ERP solutions in the printing industry have the reputation of being inconsistent and extremely diverse. This study explores what typical features of MIS/ERP solutions were purchased and to what extent they are actually implemented and how they are being integrated into the standard print shop workflow. This study also helps understand which MIS/ERP solutions are most popular, what capabilities are most important, adoption rates, etc. This study provides valuable insight for both commercial printers and MIS/ERP members into what capabilities are the most important, what their shortcomings are and where improvements can be made.


Megatrends in Printing Applications: A Refresh and Expansion of the 2010 Study Data and Future Outlook

Research conducted by: I.T. Strategies

In 2010, PRIMIR published a study “Megatrends in Digital Printing Applications.”  That study established a baseline for whether and when analog (traditional) printing might “tip” to digital printing and/or electronic format.  Forecasts and tipping points were presented by print application.  Key change areas investigated were technology, market, economic and regulatory.  As digital printing technology continues to mature with more capable equipment, new innovations and lower capital and operating costs, it will continue to impact traditional print technologies and the traditional print value chain.  This study is a reexamination of the 2010 study, by expanding beyond digital to include all print and expanding the time horizon to 2007, before the 2008-2009 recession, and projecting out to 2020 to provide a comprehensive view of prints past, present and future for North America (U.S. and Canada) and Worldwide.  The report identifies and quantifies the continuing decline in total page volume, the changing composition of print and the co-existence of both analog and digital print technologies.


Inline Finishing Solutions in the Digital and Offset World

Research conducted by: Hal Hinderliter CS

With increasing customer demands for quicker turn around, more industry providers are looking into inline finishing solutions for their conventional and digital presses.  This study investigates available solutions for both conventional and digital presses, outlining the pros and cons of inline finishing.  Digital solutions are increasingly offering larger formats, speeds are increasing and finishing solutions must keep up with these changes.  This study covers various options and scenarios where inline finishing has been successfully implemented and the future trends for in-line finishing.  With a focus on the U.S. market, this study focuses on inline finishing solutions in cutsheet and roll fed devices in the digital and conventional markets.