Outlook on the situation of rotary offset printing

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Prospect of rotary offset printing in 2006

2005 has passed, and the pace of 2006 is approaching. Looking at the history of the development of the printing industry, we can't help asking: what will the future look like? In this day of leaving the old and ushering in the new, Bisheng and the American printer jointly launched the outlook for the 2006 rotary offset printing situation. Based on detailed data and information, this paper analyzes the future development of rotary offset printing for you. In the past few years, web offset printing plants have been facing the price pressure and people's misunderstanding that the printed matter is just an ordinary commodity, so they have been forgotten in the corner. But now, with the increasing demand of existing customers, these printing plants began to enter new markets to find new opportunities to make money. Many web printing plants regard internal integration and automation as a magic weapon to make themselves continue to succeed

as an important part of output and sales in the printing industry, rotary offset printing plants dominate the fate of the printing industry. The success or failure of these factories has had a significant impact on the entire printing industry, and finally reflected in the large-scale transformation of industry concepts and forms of competition

in view of the sudden rise of rotary offset printing, American printer and the Market Research Department of its parent company jointly launched an annual report on rotary offset printing, which combined the information provided by the web offset printing managers of different companies, put forward their own unique views on the current situation of rotary offset printing industry and predicted the development situation of next year

rotary offset printing is the focus

the overall situation of web printing plants this year is that the whole industry is in a transitional period. The increasingly competitive non printing media and the current purchasing environment still make printed matter a commodity, and the rotary offset printing factory is also changing its way of doing business. Perhaps, more importantly, web printers are changing their views on the way to continue to survive. Now, the prosperity of web offset printing depends on people's agility, creativity and ability to master management skills

web printers increasingly find themselves competing with other printers, especially those with large sheet fed double-sided printing machines or variable data printing capabilities. Although there are off-season and peak season for printing, the web printing plant is always trying to keep the normal operation of the printing machine. After all, the shutdown of the printing press means the reduction of revenue - which usually makes the printing factory have to face the challenge of reducing production revenue and affecting the normal operation of the enterprise

what further complicates the situation is that customers' requirements for service levels, innovative products and faster cycle cycles continue to increase. Due to the scarcity of skilled workers and the time required for enterprise transformation, it is often difficult for web printing plants to meet the expectations of customers. But this will not affect their pursuit of profits. Customers also have to face their own challenges, and they also need to constantly push through the old and bring forth the new. To meet customers' needs unconditionally is the consistent purpose of the printing industry

from the printing workshop

the 2006 survey has begun on. An email reminder of the survey has been sent to 3512 investigators of the American printer. This email includes a connection to the survey station. Most of the printing plants that gave feedback were those with thermosetting printing machines and sheet fed printing machines, while those without cold setting printing machines (30.8%). The proportion of printing plants with only thermoset printing machines or only cold set printing machines is 19.2%, the proportion of printing plants with cold set printing machines and sheet fed printing machines, while the proportion of printing plants without thermoset printing machines is 11.5%, the proportion of printing plants with thermoset printing machines and cold set printing machines without sheet fed printing machines is 7.7%, and the last 11.5% are all printing plants with cold set printing machines, thermoset printing machines and sheet fed printing machines

some United printing houses clearly reflect the strong interest of web printing houses in winning customers by providing personalized services. Our survey also shows that web printers are pursuing a new market, which also needs to be supported by other types of printing machines other than rotary printing machines. Although we didn't ask how many web printers are using digital printers, this survey shows that most respondents will regard toner printers as competitors for rotary offset printing in the next three to five years. But more influence is in the future

on average, some printing plants let the printing machine work seven days a week (38.5%), while others let the printing machine run five days a week (26.9%) or six days a week (23.1%). We believe that this is the performance of economic recovery in the past year, and also reflects the increase in customers' demand for shorter production cycles

interestingly, in the past 12 months, printing houses seem to be busier than in 2004. For example, among all printing plants that sent feedback, 14% worked only four days a week in 2004, while in 2005, the proportion fell to 3.8%. Looking forward to 2006, 46.2% of the printing plants said that their printing machines would work seven days a week in the next 12 months, while 23.1% of the printing plants expected their printing workshops to work five days a week. A little more than 19% of printing houses are expected to work six days a week in 2006. No printing factory thinks that its printing machine will run less than five days a week

effective operation

among all the pressures faced by the printing plant, the preparation of printing operation is the most important. In the 2006 survey, 33.3% of printing plants with thermosetting printing machines required an average preparation time of 45 to 60 minutes. However, another 22.2% of printing houses reported that their preparation time for printing operations was only 0 to 45 minutes. On the contrary, 61.5% of cold set printing plants need less than 45 minutes to prepare printing operations, and another 23.1% of cold set printing plants with a positive impact on cost need 45 to 60 minutes to prepare printing operations

color problem is still the culprit for the extended preparation time of printing operations. It includes: color registration, color matching and color setting. Of course, this year's research report shows that automatic ink key setting and closed-circuit color control equipment have greatly improved the waste of time in the preparation of printing operations

back in 2000, in web printing plants, the preparation time of printing operations required by thermosetting printers was 1 hour and 43 minutes, while the average preparation time of printing operations for cold setting printers was 1 hour and 15 minutes. Compared with the statistics of this year, the preparation time of printing operations of thermosetting and cold setting printing machines has been less than an hour. It is obvious that printing plants have greatly reduced the downtime caused by the preparation of printing operations by using new technologies and industry-leading methods

among all the printing plants surveyed this year, 50% of the printing plants have an average loss rate of 6% and 10%, but what is more encouraging is that 38.5% of the printing plants claim that their average loss rate of printing operations is less than 5%

53.8% of printing plants have an average running loss rate of less than 5%; The average loss rate of 42.3% of the surveyed printing plants is less than%. This is basically consistent with the survey data in the late 1990s, when the average running loss rate of web offset printing plants was close to 5%

it is usually difficult to evaluate the preparation time and running loss of printing operations, because there is still a lack of strict industry standards in the industry. The aging of the printing machine, the different preparation methods of printing operations, peripheral equipment, effective area and color requirements are all the changing factors in the printing process

recent research has found that newer printing machines can reduce the running loss by 2% to 5%. However, the latest and most automated printing machines have printing job preparation procedures optimized by operators, which can save a lot of manpower, material resources and time

waste printed pages is another problem. Some experts in the industry suggested that the proportion of waste pages in a printing plant should be less than 2% whether calculated by ton or pound. If the amount of waste printed pages is between 2% and 5%, it shows that there is still a lot of room for cost savings in this part

the average loss and the number of waste pages in the field of rotary offset printing have remained at a relatively stable level for many years, which shows that we still have a lot of work to do. For the rise in paper prices mentioned by most respondents in this survey, printing houses should continue to pay close attention to and control the loss in production in 2006

in fact, 69% of the respondents believed that the price of coated paper was rising, while 53.8% of the respondents believed that the price of uncoated paper had increased. On the whole, respondents believed that the price of all types of paper increased, including paper and SCA. When asked which kind of paper will continue to rise in price in 2006, 50% of the respondents thought it was coated paper, 42% thought it was uncoated paper, and nearly 27% thought it was paper. 80% of the web printers surveyed believed that paper would become a larger part of all production costs

product mixing

web printing plants were asked to evaluate the production capacity of their enterprises in the middle of 2005. Among all the printing plants surveyed, 50% claimed that their production capacity was very balanced, while back in 2001, the proportion of printing plants holding this view was 37%. 30.8% of the printing houses think that their production capacity is insufficient, which is slightly lower than the statistics in 2001. Only 15.4% of printing plants reported overcapacity

these statistics are particularly interesting in an industry that often claims that printing presses work too much, but they are turning to smart composites to reduce the cost of SHM. This seems to show that the rotary offset printing industry can effectively deal with the problem of productivity when the economic situation is better than that in 2001

when asked what products have been produced in the past 12 months, 50% of web offset printing plants said it was direct mail. Ordinary commercial/advertising products ranked second (46.2%), followed by catalogs (38.5%) and magazines and their inserts (38.5%). The demand for books and periodicals printing is relatively stable. 30.8% of the respondents claim that they are printing different kinds of books, and the printing of newspaper inserts is also the main work of 30.8% of web printing plants this year. Obviously, web offset printing plants usually produce a variety of products in their own workshops

in the next year, the web offset press will be busy printing direct mail letters. However, some (50%) respondents believe that the demand for ordinary commercial and advertising printing will increase. Catalogues, magazines and newspaper inserts are still the mainstream of printed products. Of course, many printing plants especially want to print a variety of products, and large web printing plants usually have multiple production bases for printing specific products

catalog trends

transcontinental printing catalog group conducted a survey of catalog trends in the United States in 2005. The survey results show that people are very interested in non print media, such as stations and e-commerce. These electronic substitutes are regarded by catalog writers as the main growth point in the sales of mailing catalogs

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