Big Picture - May 2015 - (Page 24)

inked ! How European Union regulations are driving ink reformulations across the globe, and what you can expect from new LED UV-cure and latex products. A longside the rise of LED UV- Staying Safe cure and latex inks, print With increasingly strict worker safety and environmental regulations in developed countries, strong growth is likely to continue for those inks and systems that minimize worker exposure to and environmental discharge of hazardous chemicals, and reduce energy required to cure and fixate inks, while still producing high quality print color and resolution. This has already driven a move from aggressive solvent-based inks to mild or eco-solvent, aqueous, latex, and UV-curable, and, more recently, LED UV-curable inks and coatings. The proportion of print providers in both developed and less prosperous countries using dye-sublimation technology for soft signage has grown at a high rate. This is due to the popularity and cost-effectiveness of soft signage for exhibition hall displays and short-term event and promotional banners. Print providers in less prosperous developing countries, where worker safety and environmental regulations are not enforced, continue to use solvent- and eco-solvent-based wide-format inkjet systems along with low-cost, third-party solvent and eco-solvent inks. Why? Because solvent and eco-solvent inks typically provide vibrant and broad-spectrum colors, along with excellent adhesion to vinyl and other polymeric substrates for banners, decals, vehicle wraps, and signs. Still, according to Nufar Kiryati, marketing communications manager for Bordeaux Digital PrintInk, UV and latex offer the highest potential for growth in the wide-format sector. "Ecosolvent inks are still growing but prices are eroding," she says. "The market is inclined toward more eco-friendly solutions, which do not forfeit the printing quality or the application possibilities." While UV mercury bulb curing has provided rapid curing, Chad Taggard, VP of marketing and business development at Phoseon, says that the European Union is likely to ban small-scale mercury use for UV bulbs by July 2016. This action would further spur development of LED UV products for wide format and other print formats now using mercury arc bulbs. speeds are increasing even as print performance improves. According to an International Data Corporation report released in February, worldwide large-format printer shipments grew by 3.5 percent in 2014 as compared with 2013, but revenue declined by almost 1 percent, reportedly due to "very aggressive price promotions." In other words, as printers try new applications and bring their work to new industries, rock-bottom prices on wide format BIG PICTURE May 2015 continue to drive competition. 24 By Vince cahill In general, current trends indicate increased placement of inkjet inks and print systems in developed countries. Some emerging sectors, such as production inkjets, are estimated to be growing at rates above the 20 percent mark, even as we're seeing a decline in aggressive solvent-based inkjet printers in economically developed countries. Inkjet ink consumption, on the other hand, is expanding. EFI Vutek reports that the volume of ink it ships for its wide-format printer base continues to grow at about 25 percent year over year. SunJet, DuPont, Inx Digital, Bordeaux, Fujifilm, Wikoff, Collins Ink, Sensient Technologies, and other inkjet ink producers for wide-format applications also report strong volume growth that is feeding both the existing and new technology additions to the wide-format placement base.

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Big Picture - May 2015
Wide Angle
Graphics on the Go
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It's Alive
Expert's Guide to FESPA 2015
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Big Picture - May 2015