The Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization (PRIMIR) has released their 2006 study that examined growth trends and forecasts for ink jet technology through 2011:
The PRIMIR study provides a thorough analysis and review of the status of inkjet technology, covering thermal, Piezo and continuous inkjet and their usage and adoption in display signage, graphic arts, packaging, manufacturing / deposition and decorative/textile markets.
With the recent drupa being dubbed, among other things, ‘the inkjet drupa,’ it would seem that inkjet has finally come into the mainstream in the printing industry. I.T. Strategies noted in the study that while the biggest market for inkjet technology is clearly display signage, over the course of the study timeframe (2006-2011), inkjet systems will be developed with the intent of challenging both electrophotography and analog print technologies. In the graphic arts market, production inkjet is at a very early stage with one-third of the production print volume being transaction oriented.
The study was exclusively available to PRIMIR members in 2007, but is now available to all parties for purchase through the WhatTheyThink Store.