Digitalisation, demographic change, climate change – these megatrends are also having a significant impact on the transformation of the printing and paper industries. Nevertheless, paper and printed products will still be used and needed in many areas of life in the coming decades – the industry has a future. Playing a central role in this is sustainability. And this is also the central theme of the Touchpoint Sustainability special forum at drupa 2024 in Düsseldorf.

Visitors to Xaar’s Open Day & FuturePrint Tech conference in Cambridge last week were the first to see the results of a research study into jetting high viscosity water-based inks, performed by Dr Chris Phillips and Professor Davide Deganello at the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, Swansea University.

Keypoint Intelligence, a leading provider of market research and analysis for the digital imaging industry, recently published a forecast looking at the future growth and decline in the US and Western Europe of a variety of digital printing applications through 2027. The report analyzes its predictions by the following application groups (in addition to color vs black & white printing):

By Erwin Busselot, Director Business Innovation & Solutions, Ricoh Graphic Communications, Ricoh Europe
Every minute of the day 694 thousand videos are viewed on TikTok and there are 4.2m Google searches. The debate on how to capture attention has never been more relevant. Sophie Grender, director of new business Marketreach, told attendees at the DMA’s (Direct Marketing Association) recent Discover the Power of Direct Mail webinar organised by the British DMA (Direct Marketing Association).

The 9th drupa Global Trends Report, to be published in November 2023, is a clear statement of increasing confidence across almost all regions and markets. Printers and suppliers alike forecast it will be even better next year; good for drupa 2024.

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