May 2015 US commercial printing shipments were +2.3% higher than 2014, at $7.33 billion in current dollars. This was an increase of $168 million. Because inflation is negative for May compared to last year, the inflation-adjusted increase is +2.7%, or +$194 million. April 2015 shipments were revised down slightly from $7.445 billion to $7.399 billion. The last 12 months total $84.8 billion, running +2.3% on an inflation-adjusted basis compared to the prior 12 months. This measure, which we use to annualize the data and reduce stray monthly variations, has been positive for the last four months, The last 12 months have all had positive comparisons to the prior year, averaging a +3.2% increase.
Electronics for Imaging, Inc., (Nasdaq:EFII) announced the release of its newest-version EFI™ Fiery® XB digital front end (DFE) platform for ultra-high-speed production inkjet presses. The Fiery DFE meets highly demanding requirements for performance, color and imaging, including advanced variable-data production printing, at speeds of up to 13,000 pages per minute – or the data equivalent of 2 streaming movies each second.
The groundbreaking Fiery XB platform used for the new DFE complies with native intelligent production data stream (IPDS) workflows and is certified IS/3 compliant, delivering the performance, functionality and accuracy required for high-volume transactional applications. As one of the most flexible DFEs in the production inkjet market, the Fiery XB DFE platform also consumes all variable data formats and languages, including PDF and PDF/VT.
U.K.-based direct mail company First Move Marketing (FMM) gains superior data processing capabilities for high-volume variable-data direct mail work with the Xerox® IJ Print Server powered by Fiery, the DFE developed for the Xerox Trivor™ 2400 ultra-high-speed inkjet press used at FMM.
According to FMM Managing Director David Amor, “The Fiery server with the latest RIP technology provides us with the tools and capability to manage, process and run customer files containing a high percentage of variable text and superior-quality images.”
more detail at: http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/ABEA-43405G/3872345327x0x964732/72F2DF3F-C252-4943-8A85-5CB22E2F86D5/Fiery_HSIJ_release_final.pdf