The Future of Flexographic Printing to 2023

The application of innovative technologies and opening up of new markets is allowing flexo to become increasingly competitive compared to other processes as the worldwide print industry evolves.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 13 Mar 2018
Product format: Digital Copy, Hard Copy
Number of tables: 121
  • Introduction of CtP and other Industry 4.0 developments in pre-press, booming demand from the packaging sector, improvements to colour gamut, and demand for declining run lengths.
     
  • The Future of Flexographic Printing to 2023 tracks and quantifies these trends, from a global market value of $35.76 billion in 2018 to $40.11 billion in 2023, an annual increase of 2.6%.
     
  • This includes analysis of the business positioning and market opportunities for flexo as inkjet and toner continue to displace other analogue processes.

Description

Our exclusive content:

  •  In-depth analysis of the competitive landscape for flexo printing across 2013–2023 
  • A comprehensive data set segmenting the flexo print markets across all key metrics 
  • Insight into cutting edge technologies, new applications, and evolving business models driving future growth for flexo equipment, consumables, and users.

What methodology  is used?

The Future of Flexographic Printing to 2023 is derived from Smithers Pira’s extensive global network of contacts across all stages of the print supply chain.

Refinement and development of information in Smithers Pira’s market-leading database of information on flexo and other print processes is combined with secondary research of key market trends and information. This includes a full profiling of company websites and annual reports; reports from industry association and trade bodies; official government statistics; trade press; conference proceedings and press releases.
What

What will  you discover?

  • Expert analysis and forecast data segmented across all key metrics – core and specialist end-use applications, geographic and national markets – by value and volume
  • Full profiling and market data on future demand for flexo equipment, inks, plates and sleeves
  • An examination of the impact of automation on transforming the world of flexo printing
     

Who should buy this report?

  • Manufacturers  of flexo press, and pre-press equipment 
  • Suppliers of flexo printing inks, plates and sleeves
  • Flexo press operators 
  • Packaging converters and printers 
  • Consultants and analysts

table of contents

Executive summary 

  • Overview  
  • Flexo print end-use applications market forecasts 
  • Flexo print geographic and national market forecasts f Market evolution 2013–2023  
  • Technology developments evolution 2013–2023  

The challenge of digital print Introduction and methodology 

  • Overview
  • Objectives
  • Scope and definitions
  • Market segmentation
  • Methodology 
  • Abbreviations

Market trends and drivers for flexo printing 2013–2023

  • Overview
  • World economic outlook
  • The impact of the internet on printing 
  • Changing run length demands  
    • Packaging print
    • Corrugated packaging
    • Flexible packaging
    • Folding cartons 
    • Labels
    • Shelf-ready packaging
  • Environmental issues
  • Mergers and acquisitions in plate supply technology

Cutting-edge technology developments in flexo printing 2013–2023

  • Overview
  • Flexo Pre-press
  • Flexo Plates
    • Computer-to-plate technology (CtP)
  • Flexo Inks
  • Flexo presses 
    • Automation  
    • Innovation for anilox rollers
  • UV curing for flexo
  • Flexo finishing equipment improvements 
  • Inks and coatings

Flexo printing – Managing the digital challenge

  • Overview
  • The digital print revolution
    • Electrophotography  
    • Inkjet
  • Flexo vs digital – key applications 
    • Corrugated board
    • Flexible media 
    • Carton board
    • Labels 
  • Hybrid digital flexo presses

Flexo printing – Equipment and consumables markets 2013–2023

  • Overview
  • Flexographic printing equipment markets
    • Narrow web
    • Wide web
    • Sheetfed (incl. folder and gluers)
    • Other flexo units 
  • Flexographic printing consumables 
    • Printing inks
    • Printing plates
    • Printing sleeves

Flexo printing – Enduse applications 2018– 2023

  • Overview
  • Corrugated packaging
  • Flexible packaging
  • Bags & sacks
  • Labels
  • Folding cartons
  • Newspapers
  • Envelopes
  • Sanitary/kitchenware
  • Other products

Flexo printing – Geographic markets 2013–2023 

  • Overview f
    • Western Europe
    • France
    • Germany 
    • Italy
    • Spain 
    • UK
    • Other Western Europe
  • North America
    • Canada
    • US
  • Asia 
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Other Asia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Other Latin America
  • Eastern Europe
    • Poland
    • Russia
    • Other Eastern Europe 
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • Australasia
     

tables and figures

  • Summary timeline of flexo developments, 2013-2023
  • Global flexographic printing output by print product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global flexographic printing output by print product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global flexographic printing output by print product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Global flexographic printing output by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global flexographic printing output by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global flexographic printing output by region, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Global flexographic printing equipment sales by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global flexographic printing equipment sales by type, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global flexographic printing ink sales by region, 2013-2023 (tonnes)
  • Global flexographic printing ink sales by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global flexographic printing plate sales by region, 2013-2023 (million m²)
  • Global flexographic printing sleeve sales by region, 2013-2023 (million m²)
  • Exchange rates 2013-2017
  • Flexo printing market drivers, 2013-2023
  • Typical flexo packaging supply chain
  • Demand for retail ready corrugated board packs, key markets 2012-2022
  • Demand for flexible packaging, key markets 2012-2022
  • Demand for folding cartons, key markets 2012-2022
  • Demand for labels, key markets 2012-2022
  • Summary timeline of flexo developments, 2018-2023
  • Ranking of the impact of technology developments on the flexo printing business 2018-2023
  • Timeline of flexo prepress developments 2013-2023
  • Illustrative picture of aluminium anilox roller
  • Timeline of flexo anilox roller developments 2013-2023
  • Illustrative picture of water wash plate
  • Timeline of flexo ink developments 2013-2023
  • Timeline of flexo press developments 2013-2023
  • Summary timeline of flexo developments, 2013-2023
  • Process diagram for flexo print business
  • Process diagram for inkjet print business
  • Process diagram for flexo in packaging print business
  • Process diagram for inkjet in packaging print business
  • Process diagram for in-house CtP work
  • Key new technologies for flexo print 2018-2023 (ranking table)
  • New opportunities in flexo print 2018-2023
  • New flexographic printing equipment sales by geographic market, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • New flexo equipment market by press type, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Narrow-web flexographic printing equipment sales by geographic market, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Wide-web flexographic printing equipment sales by geographic market, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Sheetfed (incl. folders/gluers) flexographic printing equipment sales by geographic market, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Other flexographic printing equipment sales by geographic market, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic printing ink sales by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic package/label printing ink sales by region, 2013-2023 (tonnes)
  • Flexographic graphic printing ink sales by region, 2013-2023 (tonnes)
  • Flexographic printing plate sales by geographic market, 2013-2023 (‘000m²; $ million)
  • Flexographic printing sleeve sales by geographic market, 2013-2023 (‘000 m²)
  • Global flexographic printing output by print product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Global flexographic printing output by print product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic printed corrugated packaging output by region, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Flexographic printed corrugated packaging output by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic printed flexible packaging output by region, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Flexographic printed flexible packaging output by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic printed bags & sacks output by region, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Flexographic printed bags & sacks output by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic printed labels output by region, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Flexographic printed labels output by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic printed folding carton output by region, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Flexographic printed folding carton output by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic printed newspapers output by region, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Flexographic printed newspapers output by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic printed envelopes output by region, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Flexographic printed envelopes output by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic printed sanitary/kitchen ware output by region, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Flexographic printed sanitary/kitchen ware output by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic printed other products output by region, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Flexographic printed other products output by region, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Flexographic printing output by region, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Western European flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Western European flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • France: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • France: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Germany: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Germany: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Italy: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Italy: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Spain: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Spain: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • UK: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • UK: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Other Western Europe: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Other Western Europe: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • North America flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • North America flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Canada: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Canada: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • US: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • US: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Eastern European flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Eastern European flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Poland: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Poland: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Russia: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Russia: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Other Eastern Europe: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Other Eastern Europe: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Middle East flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Middle East flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Africa flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Africa flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Latin America flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Latin America flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Brazil: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Brazil: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Mexico: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Mexico: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Other Latin America: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Other Latin America: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Asia flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Asia flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • China: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • China: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • India: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • India: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Japan: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Japan: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Other Asia: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Other Asia: Flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Australasia flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 (Billion A4 prints)
  • Australasia flexographic printing output by product, 2013-2023 ($ million)