InfoTrends' High-speed Continuous-feed Color Inkjet Study Gives Insight into the Fastest Growing Segment of the Printing Industry

New high-speed inkjet systems have entered the production digital printing market and are creating new opportunities for digital color print. With high levels of productivity, compelling cost of operation, and quality levels that greatly improve what was previously available from inkjet systems, these new devices will account for about 40% of digital color pages globally by 2015. To gain a clear understanding of the impact these systems are having on the market, InfoTrends announces the completion of a new multi-client study entitled The High-speed Continuous-feed Color Inkjet Opportunity: Global Insights from Leading Customers.

“The move to high-speed inkjet color is, in part, related to print technology advances that allow high-speed color printing at decent quality levels to combine with strong cost metrics,” commented Ralf Schlözer, a Director at InfoTrends. “But it is key to find the right applications now matching the capabilities of today’s technologies as well as getting prepared for the opportunities next generation devices will offer.”

This research includes interviews for 52 sites in 15 countries around the world. These case studies reflect the responses to questions via phone or on-site in-person interviews with company presidents, senior management, and production managers. Information gathered provides a unique insight into successes and challenges, the enablers and barriers, and the opportunities seen by a wide range of book printers, direct mailers, transaction printers, and other users involved in this rapidly growing segment of the market.

The High-speed Continuous-feed Color Inkjet Opportunity: Global Insights from Leading Customers aims to identify the opportunity for the continuous color inkjet market and will include growth potential through 2015. Key findings include:

Applications and Demand Drivers

  • Volume shares currently produced on high-speed inkjet color printers
  • Outlook on emerging applications targeted now and in the future
  • Main areas of profitability
  • Savings achieved in labor/waste reduction
  • Views on achievable return on investment


  • Prepress set-up used (workflow and data formats)
  • Importance of a vendor’s workflow offerings when choosing a printer


  • Requirements and preferences
  • Online and off-line finishing
  • Needs for compatibility with existing finishing equipment
  • Web width preferences


  • Types and shares of paper grades today and in the future
  • Issues with paper in color inkjet
  • Criteria for paper selection
  • Stakeholders in paper decisions
  • Preferred channels for paper buying

Future Demands and Operation

  • Features for a next generation of digital color inkjet printer
  • “Must-haves” from printer suppliers
  • Future plans, ideas, and concerns

This study is available for immediate purchase. For more information, contact Scott Phinney at +1 781 616 2123 or e-mail