Environmental sustainability is a factor in the evolution in the wide format marketplace. Demand for sustainability continues to grow and efforts to address this include the use of non-PVC materials, reduction of harsh chemicals in ink, and error and waste reduction. Turnaround times are shortening, leading to the rise in web-to-print and workflow automation.
These are some of the points of information that can be found in Keypoint Intelligence’s Wide Format Print Market Forecast: 2021-2026. The report evaluates and predicts trends, automation, profits and more in the wide format market.
‘While it’s not expected that print service providers (PSPs) will become 100% automated, web-to-print systems, digital MIS and production tracking software usage continue to grow as PSPs need to produce more products with fewer resources as a result of increased expectations from print buyers,’ said Eric Zimmerman, Keypoint Intelligence Principal Analyst.
Unit placements in 2021 were almost 1000 units higher than pre-pandemic 2019 units. Ink technology continues to move towards resin/latex and UV curable, allowing for immediate application to meet faster turnaround demand. Overall, the market continues to grow in the face of economic challenges. For more information about the report, click here.