Canon USA made a huge impression at Graph Expo with award-winning Canon and Océ technologies designed to help printers increase productivity, decrease costs and generate more revenue. Demonstrations covered collateral creation, book publishing, proofing, direct mail, display graphics and transactional printing. From image capture and design tools to high-volume production market solutions, their solutions were comprehensive and included:
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Wherever you look, whether at custom apparel, in-store advertising, trade show exhibits and custom products are all covered with or composed of an array of printed fabrics. While historically these results were achieved using screen presses, digital printing is playing an increasing role in this field. The digital garment printing industry is starting to make its stamp upon this industry and has enjoyed significant growth in recent years and it looks set to grow even further in the future.
Leading forecaster IT Strategies projects that the worldwide retail value of wide format inkjet output, in the 2010-2015 period, will increase at a CAGR of eight percent, from $36 billion to $51 billion, with POP signage accounting for about 40 percent of all wide format volume.
Wide-format inkjet printing has been available for some time, but it seems that recently this print technology is making more and more in-roads into print shops. This might be due to the fact that the technology has improved in the last few years and has become more stable and more affordable. Before I talk about wide-format inkjet printing, a brief introduction into the different print technologies used on a wide-format printer is in order. There are two different types of inkjet technologies available that can be used inside a wide-format inkjet printer.
There can be no doubt that the global economy and the large format print industry have been tested over the last few years. The overall business climate of the last 12 to 24 months cannot be sugar coated. Several challenges face print service providers, yet opportunity still exists for those who can change their businesses.
Images are everything today and at the Consac Imagemakers Sign Show this year, we had lots of images in print and digital format. Consac Imagemakers has grown to be among the top ten largest sign industry tradeshows in North America and this year it was held Sept. 23-24th at the International Centre in Mississauga.
There are bright spots in the print industry despite sales woes of traditional offset printing. The large-format inkjet business is unquestionably one of the bright spots, and a great business opportunity for commercial printers, repro houses, quick printers and graphic arts firms. The profit margin can be excellent if you produce good work, develop your customer account base, and deliver the goods reliably.
In January 2011, we reported on the rapid growth of 3D design technology in product development and online consumer 3D print services, and the growing adoption of 3D software in architecture, interior design and manufacturing, resulting in a strong demand for 3D printers to produce these prototypes.