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EFI Launches MarketDirect Cross Media Software

Last updated: Thursday, March 15, 2018

EFI recently released a significant rewrite and enhancement to the Direct Smile platform and they have named it MarketDirect Cross Media.  EFI rebuilt the authoring, publishing and management tools on top of the legacy Direct Smile composition tools. This gives users access to all the channels: print, email, landing pages, mobile, and social. This cross [...]

The Journey to Inkjet Printing Hits Another Milestone

Last updated: Monday, February 26, 2018

Both in North America and in W. Europe in 2017 over half of the production digital color pages were printed on inkjet presses. The majority of what was printed can be characterized as applications that require low color coverage on uncoated stock which translates to transactional documents, direct mail and books. When it comes to [...]

Ricoh Expands its Wide Format portfolio with addition of EFI® Vutek™ Hybrid Printers

Last updated: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Since 2004 when Ricoh acquired Hitachi Printing Systems, they have been on a mission to become a world leader in production printing. In a short period of time they have built an impressive portfolio of high speed rollfed inkjet presses and cutsheet toner presses, software (Web to Print, VDP, MIS, and workflow) plus a line [...]

What’s in Your Mailbox?

Last updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017

The USPS just reported their results for 2017, (their fiscal year ends in September). For the year ended September 30, 2017, Marketing Mail revenue decreased $1.0 billion, or 5.7%, on a volume decline of 3.2%, compared to the prior year. The percentage of decline in revenue was greater than the percentage of decline in volume [...]

Magazines continue steep decline

Last updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

One of the industry’s largest players, Quad Graphics reported third quarter results that showed steady profits, however revenue declined by $50 million or 4.8% versus the same period in 2016. Keep in mind that a printer with $50 million in revenue is a top 100 printer in the US. Quad didn’t announce where the decrease [...]

Digital Printing Dominates at Print 17

Last updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Once again digital printing dominated the show. Booths from Xerox, HP, Canon, Konica Minolta/MGI, Ricoh, Screen and Fujifilm were prominent. And offset stalwart Komori was showing off the Impressia I29, their version of the Accurio KM-1, a B2 digital inkjet press. Graphic Systems North America (GSNA) brought the only offset press (RMGT Series 9 LED [...]

KODAK NEXPRESS Presses Drive Long Term Customer Relationships

Last updated: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Over the last 10 years there have three main players in the very heavy duty cycle, high quality production color cutsheet market: Indigo, iGen, and Kodak NEXPRESS.  With Print 17 coming up it’s a good time to catch up on new developments. In this blog I’ll focus on the NEXPRESS. The NEXPRESS was originally designed [...]

Offset Printing Trends

Last updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017

A recent Caslon survey shows offset run lengths are stabilizing. The graphs below show results from two segments: Commercial Printers with more than 10 employees and Quick/Small Commercial Printers. In each case the majority of respondents indicated that offset run lengths are not changing and in each case the number of respondents who reported increasing [...]

Digital Publishing – A New Revenue Opportunity

Last updated: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Most publishers have seen a steady decline in print volumes of their publications due to a shift towards delivery via various digital and online channels. This in turn has led to declining revenue streams for publication printers. The old saying “If you can’t beat them, join them” now applies to publication printers who are adding [...]

Retail value of color digital printing grows again

Last updated: Thursday, June 1, 2017

The retail value of digital pages was up 3% in 2016 to $34.7 billion. The increase was driven by color page volumes, which were up by 15%, however, just like in 2015, most of the increase in print volume was from transactional and direct mail inkjet pages, which have a lower price per page than [...]