Equipment Investment Trends in the In-plant Industry
In-plants have a long history of embracing and leveraging digital printing technology to better serve their parent organizations. As digital printing technology evolved to include production inkjet, the in-plant world has pursued adoption. At the same time, the use of wide-format inkjet technologies has greatly expanded within the in-plant industry.
These were some of the findings of a brand new In-plant Graphics research report which examined equipment investment trends at in-plants. The study, sponsored by SGIA, looked at the technologies in which in-plants are investing to measure where they see the best opportunities for growth. Survey results indicate that In-plants are striving to keep up with technology and modernize capabilities in an effort to expand their services to their parent organizations and increase their value. Among the key findings:
- Overall, 92% of survey respondents reported installing equipment in the past two years.
- Digital color printers were the most acquired device followed by bindery equipment and black-and-white digital printers.
- Nearly a quarter report they are “seriously investigating” adding a production inkjet press.
- 57% of those who reported they are using or investigating inkjet also believe that inkjet will let them offer additional services and applications to customers.
- More than 70% of respondents have a wide-format printer and 32% of respondents have two of them. Almost three-quarters of respondents reported wide-format volume increases in the past 12 months and one-third said they experienced double-digital volume growth.
- Trends in other specialty devices show high interest in wide-format laminating and contour cutting.