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FLEXO Magazine : August 2013
Industry Indicators Printing Equipment Sales: $23 Billion by 2017 LEATHERHEAD, England—The global market for new printing equipment will reach $22.7 billion by 2017. It was $21.5 billion in 2012. According to Smithers Pira, modest growth will average 1.6 percent annually over five years. In 2007, business hit an all-time, pre-recession high of $25.3 billion. Findings of the firm’s recently released study, “The Future of Global Print Equipment Markets to 2017,” indicate that market growth will come from added-value features on analog ma- chines and digital equipment, not from traditional flexo, offset or gravure printing presses. Smithers Pira estimates that currently there are some 1.1 mil- lion digital and analog presses installed and operating across the world’s print suppliers, with the total number forecast to increase by 120,000 in the next four-to-five years. This is primar- ily due to increased sales of digital presses. Researchers report that new presses are far more produc- tive than previous generations, with automation and control systems simplifying the operation of the equipment. Manufacturer numbers have declined. It is usually possible to replace two or three older presses with a single new one. Also prompting change is the arrival of high quality, highly productive and reliable digital print machinery. Expectations are that more than 40,000 units will be installed worldwide in the next four years. Digital equipment, inkjet and electrophotography is becoming an increasingly important segment of the print equipment supply market, with the share growing significantly from 14.2 percent of all equipment in 2007 to 32.5 percent in 2017. The trend for many analog equipment suppliers and prepress specialists to get into digital suggests that this pattern will accelerate in future. EDITOR’S NOTE: “The Future of Global Print Equipment Markets to 2017,” is available for immediate download for $6,300. The comprehensive report covers sales trends and forecasts for all major printing equipment markets and contains more than 100 quantitative tables and figures. For more information, please contact Heather Adams at 207-781-9632, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 FLEXO august 2013 www.flexography.org prEssIng IssuEs GLOBAL PRINT EQUIPMENT 2007-2017 Source: Smithers Pira CAGR = Compound Annual Growth Rate 1.1 Million No. presses worldwide 120,000 No. new press installations in 4 years 40,000 Units Digital installations drive business 1.6% Compound annual growth rate, print equipment sales $22.7 Billion 2017 sales projection / printing equipment