SGIA Reports Results from Business Survey

Results are in from the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) annual Business Growth Survey. Marci Kinter, SGIA’s vice president of government and business information, says about two-thirds of those who answered the 2007 Business Growth Plan survey have purchased or expect to purchase graphic-imaging equipment in the coming year and one-third have purchased or plan to purchase garment-decorating equipment. This year’s survey also revealed that 38% plan to buy a flatbed UV inkjet printer.

In a summary of a Substrates and Specialties Survey, dated December 2006, digital imagers make it known that they choose paper more than twice as much as screen printers do. When it comes to pressure-sensitive vinyl, 25% of screen printers say it’s their substrate of choice; 39% of digital imagers say the same.

What were the most sought after substrates in screen printing? T-shirts and tank tops by nearly 28%, followed by polycarbonate at 25%, and polyester at 25%. On the digital side, flexible vinyl follows at 31% behind pressure-sensitive vinyl, and paper (up to 12-pt stock) rounds out the top three at 26%. For more information about SGIA’s Business Growth Survey, contact SGIA, 10015 Main St., Fairfax, VA 22031, 703-385-1335, fax: 703-273-0456, Web:

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