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Predicting the Near Future for Screen Printing

(December 2010) posted on Tue Nov 23, 2010

This article presents useful predictions from exhibitors at SGIA.


By Gail Flower

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Determining the future for any industry cannot be done using just one source. As we walked the floor at the SGIA Expo this year, we asked exhibitors what could be expected in the near future for screen printers from their viewpoints. Most of these companies provide products and services to the screen-printing industry; therefore, their insight comes from lots of first-hand experience. In this article we summarized their comments, identifying each source, and then coming to conclusions based on repeated results as to what we could reasonably expect in the near future.

Dayton “Joe” Deetz, President
Visual Magnetics, LP, Mendon, MA
Screen printing will survive the digital age. Between the progress that digital processing has brought to screen printing and the speed at which large format screen printing can be accomplished, there will always be a place for screen printing supported by new technology such as what our company has to offer, this too opens doors for screen printers, giving them entre to a wider venue of customers.

Stephen Lovass, President
Gerber Scientific Products, South Winsor, CT
It seems that customers are looking for high-resolution printheads, lower cost equipment, and printing capability on a wide variety of substrates.

Thomas Leibrandt, Product Manager
Dainippon Screen Graphics (USA), LLC, Rolling Meadows, IL
The future for screen printing demands that a company be flexible, handling from roll-to-rigid systems, thick-to-thin substrates, and all types of inks, especially UV and other environmentally green products. Equipment must help printers increase productivity.


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Mark Coudray says: Interesting the paradoxical positioning of being a one stop destination while servicing a niche or specialized market. Curiously absent were any predictions of how printers would be increasing their ...

Interesting the paradoxical positioning of being a one stop destination while servicing a niche or specialized market. Curiously absent were any predictions of how printers would be increasing their business. The obvious approach of lowering overhead and costs while speeding up productivity will only go so far. The real survival of screen, digital, or any process lies in the ability to find market growth that will support a healthy return on investment.

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