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Color Digital Label and Packaging Press Market Forecast: 2012-2017
This report estimates and forecasts the market for CDLP presses from 2012 to 2017. That market is well established, due mainly to the success of narrow web color EP and inkjet presses in printing labels for use with consumer products and, to a much smaller extent, for printing two adjacent applications: folding cartons and flexible packaging. A new generation of much higher-capacity CDLP presses will join the market as beta units in late 2013. This new generation of presses is characterized especially by a much wider web width, and it includes models specifically designed to print packaging rather than just labels. The two packaging applications that will be targeted are folding cartons and flexible packaging, categories where the existing CDLP presses have only a tiny role because of their narrow print webs.
The arrival of much higher capacity CDLP presses for folding carton and flexible packaging will increase the number and type of presses that are in the market, the value of press sales, and consumption. In turn, it will spur the total value of print from the CDLP installed base, especially in folding carton and flexible packaging uses. This report aims to quantify and explain these and related changes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Presses for Label and Package Printing: In-Line and Off-Line Finishing
Both printing and finishing are needed to produce labels and packaging, but they are most often separate, with the finishing placed off-line from the printing. Whether finishing is off-line or in-line affects multiple aspects of the print job, especially workflow and productivity. This analysis describes the incidence of off-line and in-line finishing for conventional and digital presses, and makes related predictions.
HP Launches 'Global Product Authentication Service'
While Hewlett-Packard's Printing and Imaging business is the main focus of InfoTrends' research, another wing of Hewlett-Packard, HP Software Professional Services, has recently launched a cloud-based software technology for product identification - one that requires variable data printing for packaging and labels for consumer products. The new offering, called HP Global Product Authentication Service (GPAS), enables: (1) printing of randomized variable data codes on products; (2) the authentication of products bearing those codes for consumers who scan or text them back to GPAS in the cloud; and (3) insight for brand owners into where fake products are evident, and where genuine products are being diverted to unintended markets.
Road Map 2013: Color Digital Label
Every year, the Color Digital Label and Packaging (CDLP) Service describes key developments that are likely to affect the market in the coming year. We also look back at the events and our predictions for the previous year to estimate how our year-ago predictions held up and provide background for this year's predictions. This document is the 2013 version of our annual Road Map report.
Leadership Interview: Michael Bacon, Spartanics
Spartanics is one of North America's top manufacturers of laser cutting systems as well as other industrial automation products. Laser cutting systems are the digital die cutting devices that have become a growing option for finishing labels and, to a very small extent, folding cartons and other packaging. Spartanics and its competitors all offer finishing that allows on-demand die cutting, regardless of the shape of the label, but without the use of a metal die. Clients who attended Label Expo in September 2012 likely saw the Spartanics L-350 digital die cutter operating in a laser die cutting technology demonstration, one that showed the L-350 in operation on the show floor along with competing products from AB Graphics, Delta Industrial, and SEI. In each case, the basic concept is the same: digitally driven galvanometers (galvos) direct the beam from a powerful laser source to burn or ablate lines in label facestock, allowing the unprinted matrix to be removed and yielding finished labels on a liner.
Spartanics, founded in 1963, got its start providing industrial automation equipment, initially optical registration cutting equipment for finishing metal name plates used in car manufacturing. The company has since come to provide other types of automation, such as counting equipment, but the core of it business is still in registration cutting in systems, both analog and digital, for not just labels but also for plastic cards, forms, and printed electronics. This month, we had a chance to interview Michael Bacon, VP of sales and marketing for Spartanics, based at their headquarters in Illinois.
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