Demand for digital printing continues to grow in Europe, and many ink manufacturers are expanding their digital ink portfolios.
Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor07.07.06
Demand for digital printing is continuing to grow strongly in Europe, but in some industrial
and commercial sectors, it is not replacing conventional printing systems as quickly as previously had been expected. Overall growth in the digital market is falling well short of previous predictions of a average annual rate of more than 20 percent in Europe.
“In a fragmented market it is difficult to give exact figures, but the annual growth rate in Europe in digital seems at the moment to be around 10 percent in value terms,” said John Birkenshaw, manager for the printing sector at the consultancy Pira International, Leatherhead, England.
In volume terms, the expansion of digital is slower because most digital products command a higher value than those from conventional printing. “We’re probably getting an annual digital volume rise of about 4 percent at the moment,” said one UK-based printing industry analyst.
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