Wide Format and Specialty Jetting - The High Growth Print Applications Strategy Conference







4th Floor Tokyo Conference Center Shinagawa
Tokyo, Japan
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July 18, 2013





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Conference Agenda


Welcome & Introduction


Why Functional and Industrial Uses Will Drive Digital Print Markets  
Ron Gilboa
, Group Director of Funtional & Industrial Printing, InfoTrends

Since the introduction of On Demand digital printing, the world around us has become digital in so many ways, permeating all aspects of our lives. Meanwhile, we are on the cusp of a new wave in digitalization in the print industry itself. Adjacent graphics applications are broadening digital opportunities in segments such as Packaging and Decorative printing, and print is moving as well into non-graphics uses, the “functional” and “industrial” applications such as 3D printing and printed electronics. Enabled by core technologies that have been in use for many years in On Demand printing, these newer applications lead to fresh opportunities based on the key tenets of digital value proposition:

  • Improved operational efficiency

  • Expanded application range

  • Environmentally responsibility

In this session we will chart a vision for the future for service providers, equipment vendors, and core materials companies who are looking for growth opportunities in functional and industrial printing. Hear about market drivers, end user trends, and the key technological innovations that will enable growth in the decade ahead.


Opportunities in the Global Wide Format Digital Print Market
Tim Greene, Director, Wide Format Printing Service, InfoTrends

The InfoTrends wide format forecasts project the sales volume of printers by ink technology. Technologies covered include toner, aqueous inkjet, Latex, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inkjet. This session will provide information and insights from InfoTrends global wide format printing market forecast including shipment volumes, hardware and supplies revenue, and the impact of new and developing technologies.


Coffee Break


Profitable Print: A 10 Year View of Color Digital Print for Labels and Packaging
Bob Leahey, Associate Director, Color Digital Label and Package Service, InfoTrends

Color inkjet and electrophotographic presses for printing labels and packaging generated about $2.5 billion in income for print service providers in 2012. How many such presses provide such printing? How many will be operating in 2017, and what will be the value of their output then? What will be the role of B2 sized presses? What about wide format inkjet? What about tabletop color label printers? This session will answer these questions and related ones, and give a 10 year view as well-about the outlook for inkjet versus electrophotographic, digital imprinting in-line with analog presses, variable data printing for packaging, key goals for media and inks.


Brand Owners in Europe: How They Drive the Market for Color Digital Printing of Labels and Packaging
Bob Leahey

Western Europe is the world's biggest market for labels and packaging printed on color digital presses. Companies that make consumer products there are the end customers for that print,and they also lead the world in packaging innovation. What do European brand owners want? What concerns do they have about printing, whether analog or digital? What print services or features will they pay extra for? This session will address such questions and others, to give a picture of how vendors of color digital presses and printers can adjust their marketing and their product development to compete in Europe and globally.




Worldwide FESPA Survey
Tim Greene

This presentation will cover some of the key findings from InfoTrends/FESPA newest market research. InfoTrends and FESPA have been strategic partners for years and the latest survey illustrates the direction of the wide format signage and graphics market from the view of the print service provider. Highlights include the economic outlook, equipment purchase intentions, and perception of threats and opportunities among printing establishments.


Who Buys Wide Format
Tim Greene

The demands of wide format print buyers are what drives printing technology investments. This presentation will illustrate the key findings from the new InfoTrends' study of hundreds of professional wide format print buyers and evaluates how the changing demands on the buy-side have important implications for, and presents significant opportunties to, suppliers of wide format printing systems and supplies.


Coffee Break


Highlights from Wide Format Quarterly Tracker
Masato Atoda, Senior Analyst, InfoTrends


Japan Wide Format Printer Trends
Masato Atoda


Transforming Textile Printing
Tim Greene

Breakthroughs in textile printing technology are enabling rapid growth in the global textile printing market. New technologies impacting production economics, sustainability, and image quality and durability have made digital printing not just viable, but invaluable as a process to meet the need for fast fashion and other textile-based products. This session will highlight findings from the "Transforming Textile Printing" market study, including the factors that are driving digital adoption as well as the obstacles that remain a hinderance to the growth in this market.


Coffee Break


Inkjet Printing of Ceramic Tiles: A Revolution is Under Way
Ron Giboa

With over 9,500 Million square meters of tiles printed annually, the world's ceramics industry is now poised for a digital transformation. Digital production of ceramic tiles is gaining acceptance worldwide with dozens of ceramic tile manufacturers operating digital printing devices in tandem with their conventional print systems. In this $95 billion ceramic tile industry, inkjet printing technology is primed to make fundamental changes to manufacturing, by enabling short run custom production, greater operational efficiency and, most importantly, unlimited design options.
In this session we will explore the technology key industry drivers and the future outlook for equipment manufacturers and ceramic producers. What inkjet technologies are in use today? What types of companies are using inkjet? What has been the result, and what will be the future? This session will address these and other questions.


3D Printing, 2014: Explaining and Predicting This Advanced Jetting Market
Ron Gilboa

Jetting technologies have come a long way, from home printing to high speed production printers, and more recently from the jetting of ink to the jetting of materials such as clay, plastic, and even fuels. Within this newer world of advanced jetting technologies, 3D Printing stands out—once a novelty, it is now a rapidly growing market, with placements in many industries for rapid prototyping and even short runs of finished products. 3D printing—the additive layering of jetted materials to create closely designed, functional three-dimensional objects—is a hub of activity in the print world today. Driving 3D printing ahead are innovations in deposition technologies, material science, and the belief among business leaders worldwide that 3D printing is a transformative technology, one that will enable a host of new opportunities. In this session hear what the 3D printing market is like today, what it will soon be like in 2014 and beyond, and how it can be a source of success for your own company.


Q & A, Feedback, and Announcements

Registration Information:

Registration After July 12, 2013

83,790 yen ($815)*

*U.S. Dollar pricing is subject to change based on current exchange rates

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