Paul Thomen

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Global Markets For Inkjet Printing: Analyzed & Forecasts to 2017

This report provides:
  • An overview of the global market for emerging inkjet printing technologies and applications, with a focus on those that have the potential to be disruptive, not just incremental improvements or refinements of existing (e.g., consumer inkjet) technologies.
  • Definitions of enabling technologies, such as microfluidics, nanotechnology, and others; technology segments, such as print heads, inks and other fluids.
  • Discussion of the issues involved in print head technology, such as fabrication, design considerations, and performance parameters.
  • Patent analyses.


Study Background
Inkjet technology’s first major application was to the production of cost-effective office and graphic arts printers, which have grown into a multi-billion dollar market. Since then, inkjet technology has begun to move out of the office and into other markets such as product decoration, biochip production, the fabrication of flat panel display devices, and printable electronics. These and other applications are seen as key if the industry is to continue its strong growth.

Study Goals And Objectives
The overall goal of this report is to provide an up-to-date understanding of these new markets for inkjet technologies. Specific objectives include:
  • Identifying inkjet printing applications with the greatest commercial potential in the near to mid-term (2011 to 2017).
  • Analyzing the key drivers and constraints that will shape the market for these inkjet printing applications as the basis for projecting demand over the next five years.
  • Estimating current and future consumption of inkjet printing materials and other key enabling technologies.
  • Identifying the companies that are best positioned to meet this demand because of their proprietary technologies, strategic alliances, or other advantages.
Intended Audience
This report is intended for marketing executives, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, and other readers with a need to know where inkjet technology is headed over the next five years. Although the report addresses specific inkjet technologies and materials, it is generally non-technical in nature and coverage. Thus, it is less concerned with theory and jargon than with identifying the developments that work, assessing the amount of technologies the market is likely to purchase, and projecting the price of such technologies and at what price. Although the report is not written specifically for scientists and technologists, many of these professionals will be interested in its findings concerning the market for their work, including the availability of government and corporate research funding for different technologies and applications.

Scope And Format
The report addresses trends in inkjet technology and the global market for the most promising new inkjet applications during the period from 2011 through 2017, including:
  • Product decoration (fabrics, ceramics, glass, foods, etc.).
  • Flavorings and fragrances.
  • Electronics.
  • Medicine and life sciences.
  • Chemicals.
  • 3D printing.
  • Optics.
  • Energy.
The study does not cover traditional inkjet printing applications such as consumer- and graphic arts-oriented inkjet printers in any detail.  The market for these technologies is covered in another recent BCC Research report, SMC036D Microfluidics: Technologies and Global Markets, to which the reader is referred for more information.

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