US commercial printing shipments started with a good January, up $173 million (+2.8%) on a current dollar basis and up $178 million (+2.9%) on an inflation adjusted basis. Since inflation is now negative (overall prices going down according to the Consumer Price Index), purchasing power is arithmetically higher, so the inflation-adjusted dollars are worth more than they were in 2014. There was a mild revision down to the December 2014 report (-$5 million), which kept annual shipments at about $78 billion (+0.2%) compared to $77 billion (-0.6%) after inflation adjustment for the year. The last six calendar months have commercial printing shipments growing at an average rate of +2.5% in current dollars and +1.3% after inflation.
The seventh annual Inkjet Summit will be held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, located here, April 8-10, 2019. The Inkjet Summit is an invitation-only, hosted event specifically designed for senior managers and business executives at printing companies and corporate enterprises who are looking to develop strategies, understand their options and make major investment decisions around production inkjet digital printing technology.
According to Inkjet Summit Conference Chair Marco Boer, of IT Strategies: “The Inkjet Summit has become the most coveted event to attend in the production inkjet business. With more than 300 participants in 2018, there is no other event where one can learn so much – from both peers and sponsors – in such a condensed amount of time.”
The pressure towards ever shorter print runs has been apparent for several years, leading many to adopt inkjet technology to increase their plant efficiencies, Boer points out. “However, there is a more recent acute pressure that makes inkjet automation the ‘must have’ next capital investment option: a lack of qualified labor to run the presses. The unique educational format of the 2019 Inkjet Summit will continue to be a win-win for both attendees and sponsors,” he says.
The goal of the Inkjet Summit is to provide attendees with a focused conference program that covers the key topics needed to understand their options, challenges, economics and critical decision-making criteria while providing valuable peer-to-peer interaction and real-life experiences. Along with that, the Inkjet Summit provides access to the key suppliers in the production inkjet space, which all play a critical role in the make-up of a successful end-to-end inkjet solution.