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Mar 9, 2010 12:00 AM
In a new report from Weymouth, MA-based InfoTrends, analysts examine the status and future of color inkjet technology in commercial printing. “Inkjet in Commercial Print: A Map for the Coming Decade” examines the current market, developments expected in the next few years, and what InfoTrends sees as the long term outlook for inkjet in commercial printing.
“Production level color inkjet today is mainly found in forms, books, direct mail, and TransPromo applications, with the most emphasis on variable printing,” the firm reports. “We believe this will serve as a stepping stone for inkjet to play an even greater role in commercial print ultimately leading toward offset replacement.
“There are several factors that are shaping this transition. Recent technology developments have enabled the use of inkjet for commercial high-volume printing as a primary process. Developments in ink aim to lower cost, while broadening the substrate range and improving drying and light-fastness properties. These developments are complemented by advances in control electronics and data preparation for high-speed document generation. The main driver for inkjet in high-volume commercial print, however, is the introduction of page-wide inkjet arrays. Finally, the technology developments that make inkjet viable for very high-volume production printing bring down the costs per page noticeably, strengthening inkjet’s competitive position versus competing printing technologies.”
The 30-page report costs $595 and, for a limited time, includes a complimentary copy of “The Use of Inkjet for a B2-Format, Cut-Sheet, Production Color Printer” with purchase. See http://store.infotrendsresearch.com.