The Outlook of Thermal Papers to 2015

Thermal printed papers have been a successful niche product for many years, adapting and evolving to changes in technology and end user demands.


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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 17 Nov 2010
Product format: Digital Copy, Hard Copy
Number of pages: 138

Thermal papers have found niches in many markets which have traditionally been dominated by other grades. The drive for greater business efficiency and the availability of low-cost and maintenance free imaging devices have led to a range of print-on-demand (POD) applications. Point-of-sale (POS) applications currently dominate the thermal paper end use market but this may change.


This new research investigates the impact of the latest technologies and business practices, the growing market for labelling and the effect of the 'green movement' on the outlook for thermal paper. The study quantifies and forecasts global thermal paper markets broken down by end use sector and thermal paper type for the next five years.


This report provides a view of key global markets with a particular focus on end users in the designated product sectors. Information has been obtained through primary research and supported by secondary research with the emphasis on qualitative data, underpinned by quantitative data.


  • An analysis of the key drivers and trends affecting the thermal paper sector
  • Worldwide thermal paper market size and forecasts to 2015
  • Market segmentation by application and by technology
  • A review of cutting-edge technology developments and how these may create
  • Opportunities and threats to the sector.

Table of Contents

Executive summary





Thermal Paper Market Trends

  • Market impacts
    • Multi channel marketing
    • M-Commerce
  • The 'Green' Effect on Thermal Paper
  • Impact of New Technology on Thermal Paper
    • Negative technology impact
    • Positive technology impact

Primary Research Highlights

  • Future of the thermal paper market
  • Thermal paper specification
  • Market issues
  • End use demand
  • Supplier comment
    • Thermal paper and printing characteristics
    • Anticipated demand
    • End use demand
  • End user comments
    • Thermal paper and print
    • Demand variation
  • Impact of disruptive technologies
    • The suppliers view
      • Mobile phone technology
      • New wireless technology
      • Internet applications
      • Increasing use of inkjet printing
      • Wider adoption of RFID technology
      • Global financial constraints
      • Uptake of green principles
      • Greater use of security checks
      • Legislation mandating paper receipts
      • Customer insistence on receipts
      • Demographic uptake of mobile phones
    • The end user views
      • Mobile phone technology
      • New wireless devices
      • Internet applications
      • Increasing use of inkjet printing
      • Advances in electrophotography
      • Wider adoption of RFID
      • Global financial constraints
      • Uptake of green principles
      • Legislation mandating paper receipts
      • Customer's insistence on receipts
      • Demographic uptake of mobile phones
  • Focus group highlights

The Market And Forward Projections

  • Supply - production and capacity
  • Demand
    • Supply: demand balance
  • End Use Segmentation
  • Future Demand
    • Projected future demand of thermal paper
    • Estimated growth rate by application

Appendix 1: Thermal Paper Interviews

  • Thermal Paper Manufacturer
  • Kanza
  • Ricoh Industrie France SAS
  • Schades Group
  • RR Donnelley
  • Guangdong Guanhao High-tech Co Ltd
  • Suzhou Xiandai Paper Production Co Ltd
  • Xinxiang Zhongheng Paper Co Ltd
  • Nippon Paper Group

Technology Suppliers

  • Beijing Grand Element Digital Co Ltd
  • Beijing Spirit Technology Development Co Ltd
  • Citizen Europe
  • Codeo
  • Lemu
  • NCR
  • PCI Precision Charts
  • RIM (Research In Motion)
  • Toshiba
  • Wincor Nixdorf
  • Zebra Technologies

Thermal Paper End Users

  • Banking
    • Unicredit Spa
    • Huaxia Bank
  • Travel
    • Emirates Airlines UK
    • Finnair
    • Transavia
  • Entertainment
    • Odeon
    • Beijing Digital Huangfujing Technology Co Ltd
    • Guangzhou Gaming
  • Retailers
    • Colruyt Supermarket
    • Co-op Supermarkets
    • Guangzhou Huicui Supermarket
    • Heping Supermarket Chains
    • Isetan
    • John Lewis Partnership
    • Metro Guangzhou
    • Shanghai Jiajaifu Supermarket
    • Wal-Mart Stores Inc
  • Industry Associations
    • GSM Association (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association)

Appendix 2 - Focus Group Transcript

Appendix 3 Thermal Equipment Suppliers

  • Thermal print heads
    • AOI Electronics
    • Gulton
    • Kyocera
    • Rohm
    • TDK
    • Toshiba Tec

Portable/ mobile printers

  • Brady
  • AMT Datasouth Corp

POS Printers

  • Axiohm
  • Star

Tables and Figures

Table of tables

  • Multi-channel market share
  • Impact of disruptive technologies and trends
  • Impact of disruptive technologies and trends
  • Estimated global production by manufacturer, in tons, 2009
  • Estimated global end use demand, in tons, 2009
  • Future demand projections for thermal paper by region in tons, 2009-
  • 2015
  • Estimated growth rate by application in tons 2009-2015
  • Expected end use demand in Europe in tons, 2009-2015
  • Expected end use demand in North America in tons, 2009-2015
  • Expected end use demand in Asia in tons, 2009-2015
  • Expected end use demand in rest of the world in tons, 2009-2015

Table of Figures

  • Global production of thermal paper by region, 2009
  • Global production by region of ownership
  • Relative market share of the leading producers based on capacity
  • Estimated global end use market demand in 2009