Global Flexographic Printing Machine Market - Snapshot

Increasing global packaging demand and growing printing requirements for advertising and print media will drive the growth of the global flexographic printing machine market over the forecast timeline. Increasing trend of converting simple package formats to flexible packaging due to benefits such as shelf life extension, lightweight nature, and easy open/close has increased the demand for flexographic printing machines and the trend is expected to continue over the forecast timeline.

The adoption of e-books and internet has increased tremendously since the past decade. However, the demand for magazines, newspapers, and books is still relevant. The production of posters, flyers, and newspaper inserts also gets benefited from the flexographic machine’s ability to efficiently and quickly deal with larger print jobs. The printing capabilities of these printers are fairly flexible which can be used on other surfaces. The increasing demand for marketing and advertising flexes, billboards, and other media is expected to indirectly drive the demand for flexographic printing machines over the forecast period.

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Flexographic printing has a higher initial setup cost depending on the customization required. This increases the initial setup cost of the total printing equipment. The machine also has lower printing quality than lithographic printing and has trouble with printing smooth color gradients.  Moreover, it is difficult for flexographic printing to inherently print both process tones and solids within the same image carrier. All these factors are expected to restrict the growth of the flexographic printing machine market over the forecast timeline.

Gravure digital printing is emerging as a substitute to flexographic printing machines. Rotogravure printing equipment has premium print quality and can easily print photo images. The printing cylinder also lasts longer by printing high volumes with no deterioration in image quality. These printing benefits are expected to negatively impact the demand for flexographic printing equipment from 2018 to 2026. However, gravure printing machine also has disadvantages such as it does not have many coating options, requires high investment in tooling, and has larger minimums and longer lead times.

Technological advancements in ink quality is expected to offer potential growth opportunity for the flexographic printing machine market over the forecast time frame. Solvent based flexo inks tend to have a wider operation window which can be used for wider applications, particularly in the film structures. The industry has witnessed market shift from porous substrate printing to film printing within the folding carton, corrugated, and multi-walled bag market. This industry shift has benefited solvent-based inks and this trend is expected to continue over the forecast timeline.

The industry is expected to witness an opportunity to print on electronic circuits and solar cells via flexographic printing. The printing uses various equipment such as lithography, inkjet, screen printing, and flexography. In printed electronics, the optical inks and electronic functioning electronics are deposited on the substrate. Research and development is underway on the possibility of using flexographic printing for solar cells and electronic circuits.

Asia Pacific accounted for a share of about 38% in the global flexographic printing machines market in 2016 at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2018 to 2026. Developments in the industrial sector in China and India are expected to fuel the usage of flexographic printing machines in Asia Pacific in the next few years. The region is experiencing steady growth in the packaging of consumer goods. Additionally, the low production cost of raw materials and supplies and the lower labor costs in China and India have led to an increase in the growth of local production of flexographic machines.

Manufacturers are focusing on technological advancements in the flexographic printing machine market. Some of the industry participants in this market are Aim Machintechnik Pvt. Ltd., Bobst Group SA, Comexi, Edale UK Limited, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Koenig & Bauer, Mark Andy Inc., MPS Systems B.V., Nilpeter A/S, OMET, Palm Paper Machine, and Rotatek.

Global Flexographic Printing Machine Market: Overview

This report on the global flexographic printing machine market provides analysis for the period between 2016 and 2026, wherein 2017 is the base year and the period from 2018 to 2026 is the forecast period. Data for 2016 is considered as historical information. The report covers market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, and trends that are expected to influence the flexographic printing machine market during the forecast period. The study provides a comprehensive analysis of the market during the forecast period in terms of value estimates (US$ Mn) and volume shipments (thousand units) across different geographies.

Global Flexographic Printing Machine Market: Trends and Opportunities

Flexographic printing is a conventional printing process which is used for a variety of substrates and other products, thereby enabling printing of labels, packaging, cartons, and other products. The flexographic printing machine uses flexible polymer printing plates that are wrapped around rotating cylinders on a web press and uses quick-drying semi-liquid inks. This type of printing uses a flexible relief plate which features a raised image of the requested design. Modern technology has reduced the amount of time required to make flexographic plates. This printing method can be used on nearly any type of substrate including cellophane, corrugated cardboard, plastic, fabric, label stock, and metallic film.

Global Flexographic Printing Machine Market: Key Segments

The flexographic printing machine market has been segmented based on type, technology, printable substance, application, and geography. In terms of type, the market has been divided into stack press, in-line press, common impression cylinder press, and others. Based on technology, the flexographic printing machine market is bifurcated into semi-automatic and automatic. In terms of printable substance, the market is classified into polyethylene, papers, and others. Based on application, the flexographic printing machine market is segregated into label, packaging, print media & others.

In terms of region, the global flexographic printing machine market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. These regions are analyzed in terms of value and volume shipments of flexographic printing machines. Furthermore, region wise prominent countries covered in the report include the U.S, Canada, Germany, the U.K., France, Italy, China, India, Japan, GCC, South Africa, and Brazil.

Global Flexographic Printing Machine Market: Scope of the Study

The report also includes key developments in the flexographic printing machine market. Porter’s Five Force Analysis which identifies bargaining power of suppliers, bargaining power of buyers, threat from new entrants, threat from substitutes, and threat from competition are also included in the report. Value chain analysis which shows work flow in the flexographic printing machine market and identifies raw material suppliers, services providers, and distribution channels are also covered in the report. Segment trends and regional trends are a part of the report. It also covers segment wise comparison matrix, incremental opportunity analysis, and market positioning of key players for all regions covered in the scope of the study.

Incremental opportunity analysis identifies and compares attractiveness of segments based on CAGR and market share index across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America along with the key countries in these regions. The same has also been provided for each segment i.e. by type, technology, printable substance, and application.

Global Flexographic Printing Machine Market: Competitive Landscape

The report includes competition landscape which covers competition matrix and market share analysis of major players in the global flexographic printing machine industry based on their 2017 revenues, and profiles of major players. Competition matrix benchmarks leading players based on their capabilities and growth potential. Market position, offerings, and R&D focus, top line growth, market share, segment growth, infrastructure facilities, and future outlook are provided. This section also identifies and includes various recent developments carried out by leading players of the flexographic printing machine market.

Company profiles include overview, major business strategies adopted, and key developments. Companies profiled in the global flexographic printing machine market include Aim Machintechnik Pvt. Ltd., Bobst Group SA, Comexi, Edale UK Limited, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Koenig & Bauer, Mark Andy Inc., MPS Systems B.V., Nilpeter A/S, OMET, Palm Paper Machine, Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), Polygraph Printing Technologies Ltd., Rotatek, SOMA Engineering, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation, and Wolverine Flexographic LLC .

The global flexographic printing machine market is segmented as below:

Global Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Type

  • Stack Press
  • In-line Press
  • Common Impression Cylinder Press
  • Others

Global Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Structure

  • Semi-Automatic
  • Automatic

Global Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Technology

  • Single Start
  • Double Start

Global Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Printable Substance

  • Polyethylene
  • Papers
  • Others

Global Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Region

  • North America
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Type
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Structure
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Technology
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Printable Substance
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Country
      • U.S.
      • Canada
      • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Type
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Structure
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Technology
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Printable Substance
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Country/ Sub-region
      • Germany
      • UK
      • France
      • Italy
      • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Type
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Structure
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Technology
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Printable Substance
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Country/ Sub-region
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Type
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Structure
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Technology
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Printable Substance
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Country/ Sub-region
      • GCC
      • South Africa
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • South America
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Type
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Structure
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Technology
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Printable Substance
    • Flexographic Printing Machine Market, by Country/ Sub-region
      • Brazil
      • Rest of South America
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