David Savastano, Editor07.29.16
The printing industry is changing rapidly, and digital printing is on the rise, and the attendees at drupa 2016 saw this evolution at every turn. The growth of packaging and energy curing continues to drive expansion in printing.
Printing is changing, and drupa illustrates that. The show itself was 11 days, down from two weeks in the past, and attendance was down from 314,000 in 2012 to 260,000 this year. Gone are the days when publication and commercial printing dominated the show floor. Packaging and digital printing are now front and center, and represent the future of printing.
For the many ink manufacturers exhibiting at drupa, these trends are the key to future growth. Digital, packaging and UV inks are the hottest markets, and are likely to remain so. “The Ink Industry at drupa 2016,” beginning on page 18, covers several of these trends.
Inkjet printing of textiles has become the latest opportunity for growth for ink manufacturers. In the past, digital print
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