27 April 2016
Trends in shipments for equipment and supplies in the U.S. market
RESTON, VA—In the March/April 2016 edition of the National Printing Equipment Association (NPES) newsletter, the trends in shipments for the U.S. show the market for production digital presses increased 5 percent in 2015 to $2.1 billion, from $2 billion in 2014.

 

During the same period, the total market (traditional printing equipment, graphic arts supplies and production digital colour presses) increased over 1 percent to over $3 billion.

The newsletter continues:

Shipments for traditional printing equipment fell 6 percent in 2015 to $346 million [$368 million in 2014]. Printing equipment and graphic arts supplies shipments are nowhere near their 2008/2009 levels, or years prior, and continue their steady declines. In 2015, shipments of graphic arts supplies declined seven percent to $580 million [$623 million in 2014].

On the upside, since 2010 total market shipments continue to increase steadily (besides a slight dip in 2012 and only a slight increase in 2015) mainly due to increases in shipments of digital presses, which continue to be at their highest level since 2010. Typically, the increase in digital press shipments has a strong correlation with the dampened traditional pressroom equipment market and the continuing shift of some offset work to digital presses.
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