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PRIMIR Research Library

Listed below are studies available within our digital library. Studies cover topics across a broad range of industry interests. Use the search bar above the table to narrow down to studies on specific topics.

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Study Cover Study Description Year Links

Future of the North American Corrugated Market

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.

2019 Details and Access

Discovering a New World of Color and Appearance Management Solutions

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.

2019 Details and Access

Attracting New Talent to the Print Industry

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.

2019 Details and Access

Breadth of Press Offerings for Digital Packaging Printing

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.

2018 Details and Access

Outlook for the Global Web-to-Print Market

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?

2018 Details and Access

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

Delivery and consumption of information media has seen significant change. Media began with print before expanding into radio, television, and now web and mobile communication. These five forms of information media are in a constant state of disruption as they endeavor to meet the needs of the majority of information consumers (Millennials, Gen X-ers, and Baby Boomers). Recent change has been driven mostly by Millennials and understanding their impact on media in relation to older generations is critical. This study dives into the current and future state of the U.S. information media landscape and consumers generational habits and patterns.

2018 Details and Access

Global Trends in Packaging Affecting North American Converter and Supplier Markets

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.

2018 Details and Access

Service to U.S. Printers: Trends and Outlook

As print sector customers run their operations with sharper business focus and heightened awareness of bottom line profitability they are increasingly reluctant to enlist outside services without a demonstrated Return on Investment (ROI). Designed to evaluate current trends and customer demands for service offerings, this study looks at the U.S. print service market by examining current service models and how these models need to be delivered. Additionally, this study looks non-traditional services and how service providers can better serve the market.

2018 Details and Access

Adoption of LED UV Curing in Printing

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).

2018 Details and Access

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

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.

2018 Details and Access

Worldwide Printing Industry Consumables, Inks and Substrates Usage and Trends

This study builds upon the “Printing Industry Consumables Usage & Trends” (2011) and “World-wide Market for Print: Identifying Global Opportunities for the Print Industry” (2013) studies' data through updates and revisions for consumables by each geographic market as well as an overall global basis. Included is benchmark data and an examination of how possible changes through 2020 may impact the consumables business. It sizes the market for 2012, 2016, 2018, and 2020 in dollars and units and includes a trend discussion for each application that covers the 2020-2025.

2017 Details and Access

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

A companion to the 2013 PRIMIR study “World-wide Market for Print: Identifying Global Opportunities for the Print Industry” (WWMP), this study focuses exclusively on Publishing Printing and Marketing & Commercial Printing. The geographical scope of the study covers 26-countries – including six selected for “deep-dive analysis” – identified as either the largest or fastest growing markets. Included are benchmark 2012-2016 data with annual, five-year forecasts through 2021 and extrapolation for global market sizing, as appropriate, for the print market sectors and sub-sectors.

2017 Details and Access

The North American Market for Printed Rigid and Flexible Plastics

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.

2017 Details and Access

North American MIS/ERP Adoption in Commercial Printing

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.

2017 Details and Access

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

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. This study is a re-examination of the 2010 study, expanding beyond digital to include all print, expanding the time horizon to 2007, before the 2008-2009 recession, and projecting out to 2020, to provide a comprehensive view of print's 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.

2017 Details and Access

Inline Finishing Solutions in the Digital and Offset World

With increasing customer demands for quicker turn around 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. Various options and scenarios where inline finishing has been successfully implemented are covered as well as the future trends for inline finishing. The study focuses on the U.S. market for inline finishing solutions in cutsheet and roll-fed devices in the digital and conventional segments.

2017 Details and Access

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

In 2013, NPES/PRIMIR completed the “World-Wide Market for Print” (WWMP) study, 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.

2016 Details and Access

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

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 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. This study provides data on the current state of in-plants in the U.S. and utilization of digital printing.

2016 Past Studies Page

North American Food Packaging Compliance: Impact on the Printing Industry

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 identifies 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.

2016 Past Studies Page

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

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.

2016 Past Studies Page

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

As outside forces drive huge change for the U.S. commercial print industry, understanding the future landscape through the lens of these major outside influences can shed a light on opportunities. Noting U.S. consumer preferences, the direction of the U.S. economy, and print related industries (technology, advertising, publishing and packaging) is critical. 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.

2015 Details and Access

Trends and Future of Direct Mail Through 2020

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.

2015 Past Studies Page

Wide Format Inkjet Printing Trends & Opportunities

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.

2015 Past Studies Page

Adaptation Strategies for a Changing Business Environment for Printing Equipment Manufacturers

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.

2015 Past Studies Page

U.S. Market Trends for Flexographic Printing

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, lifecycle 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.

2015 Past Studies Page

The Future of Retail Advertising

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.

2015 Past Studies Page

Print Applications: Revenues, Processes and Run Lengths

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.

2015 Details and Access

Tag & Label Printing Trends

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.

2015 Past Studies Page

UV/EB Curing Technologies in Printing

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.

2014 Past Studies Page

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

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.

2014 Past Studies Page

Value-Added Printing and Finishing for Improved Profitability

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.

2014 Past Studies Page

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

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.

2014 Past Studies Page

Emerging Printing Technologies & Applications

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.

2014 Past Studies Page
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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.

2013 Past Studies Page
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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.

2013 Past Studies Page