The Biggest Printing Trends to Watch Out For

a printing plant

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Printing is not dead, but the technology has never been the same over the last decades. The dot-matrix printer, which reigned the markets in the 1970s and 1980s, almost became unheard-of as the new millennium rolled in. Today, these are the booming industry trends to watch out for:

1. 3-D Printing

Some experts tout 3-D printing as the future of the industry, and it’s likely on track. Data from Grand View Research revealed a massive growth between 2018 and 2025. Within this period, it should have a compound annual growth rate of 16.5%, easily surpassing the market value of $7 billion in 2017.

Hobbyists and industries position themselves as the technology’s biggest users. Between the two, though, the latter will likely take up almost 80% of the market.

Among the industries, healthcare, automation, and aerospace will be the leading sectors. 3-D printing’s use will be critical in designing and prototyping.

Education is also a budding market. The technology becomes essential in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities.

2. Eco-friendly Printing

The printing inks market will remain robust. Until 2025, the market value will reach close to $26 billion, according to Grand View Research. Among the types of inks, the industry will see a rapidly increasing demand for sustainable options or the eco-friendly ones. Two factors will most likely boost the need for this type of ink. One of these is the universal shift to sustainability.

A Nielsen survey of 60 countries revealed that 66% of consumers are willing to pay a higher price for sustainable goods. Among the millennials, 77% will consider it. The preference then extends to packaging and, subsequently, to the method and kind of ink used.

Environmental regulations are another factor. The standards for manufacturing inks have become more stringent in light of studies that highlight the effects of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and chemicals to health and environment.

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Eco-friendly printing solvents don’t come second fiddle to the conventional ones either. In Australia, Roland eco-sol ink can produce superior-quality digital printing with a much lower running cost. The colours don’t fade fast as well. With its UV, water, and scratch resistance feature, an image remains vibrant for at least three years.

3. Printing Electronics

Technology accelerated the fastest within the last 50 years. As manufacturers obtain access to better tools and skilled professionals, it can even grow a lot in a shorter time.

The popularity of printed electronics is part of the reason. With this tech, manufacturers can produce lightweight electronic components for a significantly lower price and higher efficiency.

BCC Research data showed this market would have a stellar performance from 2017 to 2022. Within this period, the CAGR will reach 13.6% while the market value will grow up to $26 billion. It will be almost double its worth at the beginning of the forecast period. Of the many market segments, sensors will be one of the biggest users as it achieves a 23% CAGR within the forecast period.

Printing technology does change fast, but if all these were any indication, it’s changing for the better.