PRIMIR Releases Mega Printers Study, Announces 2009 Research

With the current economy, there is no doubt that the merger and consolidation activity will continue, and the few successful/profitable “mega printers” will serve as role models for the others. Although the number of firms in the industry is declining, the research team reported that the remaining firms should demonstrate a healthier printing industry.

The study “Mega Printers’ Impact on the North American Print Market” was released exclusively to the PRIMIR members in early 2008 and is now available to other industry participants for $4,500. For order information or to view a table of contents of this comprehensive study go to:

PRIMIR also announced three new research studies for 2009 are underway.

Benchmarking and Worldwide Market Trends for Flexographic Printing

This worldwide study will benchmark 2007 and provide drivers for change in flexographic printing through 2012 by region. The study will investigate trends in flexographic printing and will cover newspapers, packaging, tags & labels, envelopes, folding cartons, corrugated, flexible film and foil. It will provide data on the number of presses in use by width and market segment, run lengths by application, make ready, number of colors/coatings, and benchmark related consumables in flexo printing. It will evaluate trends from the packaging marketplace and provide a forecast of this market segment through 2012. LPC Consultants will complete this study for a late fall 2009 release.

Global Trends in Packaging Affecting North American Converter & Supplier Markets
This study will identify global packaging trends that impact the North American converter and supplier markets. It will identify drivers and barriers and demographic, environmental, or regulatory issues influencing the printing process, package preference and the point of origin. The study will specifically delve into labels, folding cartons, corrugated, flexible and retort pouch packaging and specific substrate and coating requirements. The study will evaluate food versus other packaged goods and identify the package specifiers’ future needs. The research is underway with State Street Consultants and will be completed in late summer 2009.

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