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Workflow Bottlenecks: The Need for Automated Finishing
Despite the advancements in production workflow automation, finishing operations have been left relatively alone. Many attempts towards developing solutions that assist in finishing workflow automation today have been targeted towards automating the early stages of production-specifically for job submission, automatic billing and ticketing, and preparing jobs for production. For post press procedures, due to its complexities and analog nature of many finishing processes, there have been little development to support the creation of automated finishing workflows.
Print service providers (PSPs) are continuously investing in solutions that will improve their production workflows to help with cost savings, offer more services to customers, and reduce the amount of outsourcing needed because of staffing and workflow constraints. Nevertheless, there is still a need for a complete end-to-end solution that assists in automating the post production processes-especially for jobs that require complex finishing techniques to be applied. This analysis will cover the demand for software vendors to develop solutions that will assist in automating the finishing procedures of print production workflows.
Unpacked: Digital Label Workflows
The digitization of packaging production processes is in full swing, driven by new hardware and software developments that enable brand owners and their suppliers to reduce cost, get products faster to market, and use innovative methods to let their products stand-out in an increasingly overcrowded marketplace. Within the overall packaging market, labels are an important corner - one that has proved to be especially receptive to color digital presses. In this analysis, we will explore what a digital label workflow entails, what the latest developments are, and in what direction this market is going.
Central & Eastern Europe Production Printing and Copying Market Placements: 2009-2012
This document provides single-function and multi-function printer placements and market share for the Central & Eastern European production printing and copying market from 2009 to 2012. It includes electrophotographic and inkjet printing technologies in process colour, spot colour, and black & white. In addition to the placements, this document also contains a product list of all models placed in 2012
U.S. Printing and Publishing Market Sizing: 2011-2016
This document contains United States Census Bureau historical data back to 2002, as well as InfoTrends' estimates for 2012 through 2016 for value of shipments. InfoTrends has also estimated the number of establishments for 2011.
The Personalization Imperative: Building the Next Generation of Personalized Customer Experience
Marketers and advertisers have been working to achieve some level of personalization for the better part of two decades to support specific business objectives. While there has been a strong desire to deliver more relevant experiences to target audiences, only in the past few years has technology caught up to help lower the barriers to achieving personalization. Big data is playing an important role in helping companies enable more effective applications, especially when it comes to delivering more relevant and valuable customer experiences.
The convergence of these market forces and others are driving growing investment in and the use of personalization. As more companies are empowered with personalization, they need to consider consumers' attitudes toward it, especially regarding the collection and use of data that enables increasingly-sophisticated applications. While consumers benefit from these applications, they desire more control. Marketers, advertisers, technology providers, agencies, and other services firms should take these attitudes into consideration when developing the next generation of these applications.
Impika Will Benefit Xerox in Labels & Packaging
Xerox recently announced it has acquired Impika, the French manufacturer of high-speed inkjet systems for commercial printing and other applications. With the Impika purchase in late February, Xerox showed its commitment to high-speed inkjet for its core markets, including commercial print, direct mail, transaction, and publishing, as well as a willingness to go beyond its own solid inkjet technology to do it. The Impika purchase, though, will position Xerox as player in additional market segments, and this is notably true in labels and packaging, where Impika now offers dedicated products. This analysis will explore the effects of the acquisition on both companies.
Food-related Inks and Toners: An Analysis
In food, beverage, and other industries, brand owners are sensitive to the risk of toxic contamination in their products from packaging materials of all types. Packaging substrates, such as paper board, plastic, and laminates, are one side of the brand owners' concern. Meanwhile, inks are a separate but related concern due to the fact that inks start out as liquids with many chemical components and that they interact with the packaging media.
Inks and toners for color digital label and packaging presses get brand owners' scrutiny just as conventional inks do. For vendors of electrophotographic (EP) and inkjet presses for labels and packaging, the acceptability of their marking materials for use with foods and other consumables is a big issue because those types of products account for 40% or more of the potential market for digital printing. This report is about inks and toners for food related use, and related issues that digital press vendors should keep in mind.
HP Industry Analyst Summit: March 5-7, 2013
On March 5-7th, HP held an "HP Industry Analyst Summit" in Boston, MA for analysts covering the full range of its business units. According to HP representatives, almost 300 analysts attended the event; it was the first large-scale analyst event HP has held in a couple of years. While HP did not delve deeply into the print portion of its business during the general sessions of the conference, it did focus on this business in the HP Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) Imaging and Printing Breakout session during the second day of the event. In addition, analyst firms had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with executives in particular company segments, including printing and imaging, both days of the conference.
PrintPack India 2013: Whatever Is True about India, the Opposite Is Also True
PrintPack India (February 23rd-28th; Noida, India) is billed as the biggest printing and packaging show in India. Previously held at a convention center in New Delhi, this is the first time it has been held in nearby Greater Noida, a facility that is only a few years old. This analysis provides a perspective on the show which was attended by three InfoTrends analysts. It also covers aspects of the NPES trade mission of which InfoTrends Group Director Jim Hamilton was a part.
Emerging Wide Format Markets: India
India represents more than one-sixth of the world's population and an admirable 5.3% GDP growth in 2012. The history of India's wide format market and the way it developed has meaningful implications for current suppliers to the wide format digital printing business that want to sell in India. The wide format market in India is large, and provides ample opportunity for vendors and distributors that are looking to enter or grow in the Indian market. It is important to understand who the key players are within the wide format segment of India as well as the market opportunities of the country. Through the use of market research and subject matter experts who understand the wide format market in India, InfoTrends was able to uncover some of the key factors and considerations that vendors should be aware of for competing in India.
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