Advantages of UV-Curable Systems
Advantages of UV curing systems include:
In addition, the durability of the polymerized ink often eliminates the need for a lamination step to protect the surface, and it is generally accepted that the outdoor durability for the cured prints can be 2 to 3 years. Because the inks stay on the media surface and generally do not absorb into the media, print and color quality is more consistent from media to media and results in less set-up time.
The Future for UV-Curable Inkjet Printing Systems
The future of UV-Curable inkjet printers is extraordinary. CAP Ventures’ research indicates the large format UV-curable inkjet printer market will likely grow from just a few hundred units shipped in 2002 to over 1,400 units in 2007, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 56%. Recently introduced and soon-to-be introduced mid-volume units at lower price points will help propel the UV-curable inkjet hardware market into fantastic growth rates over the next few years.
Figure 1: UV-Curable Inkjet Printer Shipments & Populations
The largest applications for large-format graphics printing continue to be retail or point of purchase (POP), and tradeshow graphics. Other applications that are expanding through use of these systems include outdoor graphics, rigid signage, packaging, white goods, corrugated and rigid packaging, wall murals, exhibition panels, banners, bus wraps, truck graphics, stage graphics, and customized wallpaper.
The preceding is an excerpt from CAP Ventures’ whitepaper entitled Large-Format UV-Curable Systems Poised for Takeoff. The complete document is available immediately. To learn more about the forecast or to make a purchase, please contact Allison Jones at , ext. 208 or .