Global Prepress Markets – Syndicated Research Programme

The global market for lithographic plates and platesetters has experienced significant change in recent years, with rising demand in key emerging markets but also declines in more mature markets following the global economic downturn and also changing requirements from printers.


Product detail
Product type: Market report

Recognising a need for suppliers to have access to accurate and timely information on this market, Smithers Pira launched a global syndicated research program focusing on lithographic plates and platesetters.

We are now commencing the 2017 renewal of this service with most subscribers from the leading suppliers within these marketings already participating.

Why take part in the programme:

Each participating company will receive -

  • Summary data on lithographic plate and platesetter sales worldwide
  • Details of your own company’s ranking performance
  • Access to accurate and timely information ensuring you can make
  • confident strategic business plans for success.

What information will I have to supply?

You will need to supply us with sales data on lithographic plate and platesetter sales on a quarterly basis. All subscriber input and names are kept confidentially.

Subscription options:
- Both Lithographic plates and platesetters £4,000
- Lithographic plates or platesetters only £3,000

Smithers Pira members receive 10% discount

How do I get involved?

The study will be commencing shortly, ensure you don’t miss out on gaining vital business data.
Find out more by filling out the contact us form or speak to Stephen Hill tel: +44 (0) 1372 802025

Research Methodology

The research for the project will comprise two distinct stages: 

Stage 1 – subscriber input

Smithers Pira will gather input from all subscribers to fully understand requirements, and consult with other subscribers on possible amendments to the market segmentation if necessary. All subscriber input and the names of the subscribers will be kept confidential. If required, Smithers Pira consultants will discuss these requirements in depth. 

Stage 2 – syndicated research program

Smithers Pira will send out an Excel spreadsheet to participants to be filled in and sent back with details of 2017 offset plate/platesetter sales by type and by geographic market on a quarterly basis.

We will then collate the information and send back aggregated (only) information on one spreadsheet. In addition, a second spreadsheet will be designed specifically for individual participants showing that participant’s ranking in all geographic/product areas where they are active, but no information on competitor rankings will be provided.

Information on Market Segmentation

The market segmentation for lithographic plates and platesetters is shown below:

Plates (data shown in terms of area, m²)

  • Conventional plates o Positive (incl. waterless, OPC)
  • Negative (incl. dummy plates)
  • CtCP (computer to conventional plate)
  • Digital plates (CtP)
         o Thermal
  • Conventional
  •  Processless/chemistry-free o Silver and photopolymer 

Platesetters (data shown in terms of units)

  • Offset platesetter, 4-UP
    •  Thermal
    • Violet
  • Offset platesetter, 8-UP
  • Thermal
  • Violet
  • Offset platesetter, VLF
    • Thermal
    •  Violet
  • Offset platesetter, newspaper
    • Thermal
    • Violet

Geographic markets

  • Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
  • Western Europe
  • Germany
  • UK & Ireland
  • France
  • Italy
  • Iberia
  • Nordic/Baltics
  • Benelux
  • Greece
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Central & Eastern Europe
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Other Central Europe
  • Other Eastern Europe
  • Middle East
  • Turkey
  • Israel
  • Other Middle East
  • Africa
  • Americas
  • North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Colombia & Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Venezuela
  • Central America & the Caribbean
  • Other Latin America
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Asia
  • China & Hong Kong
  • Taiwan, Republic of China
  • Japan
  • India/other SAARC
  • South Korea
  • Other Asia, incl. ASEAN
  • Australasia