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Predicting the Near Future for Screen Printing

(December 2010) posted on Tue Nov 23, 2010

This article presents useful predictions from exhibitors at SGIA.


By Gail Flower

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Ed Branigan, Print Products Applications Manager
International Coatings, Cerritos, CA
In the long term, even digital will get faster and there will be a marriage of digital/screen machines. Kornit has that type of product already. Fashion and dress shirts for men are being embellished and printed. Instead of tattoos, people are getting foils, studs, rhinestones, and raised puff ink printed on their clothing. A T-shirt isn’t a casual garment any longer.

John Manson, Director of Engineering
Sara Kahane, Sales and Marketing Executive

Insta Graphic Systems, Cerritos, CA
The economy has changed everything. Now it’s who can be the most flexible, provide the quickest turn times, and can operate the leanest shop. There are, in fact, more opportunities for short-turn domestic manufacturing.

Riley Hopkins, President
Hopkins Riley Screen Printing Machinery LLC, Gig Harbor, WA
If you can hang on to something long enough, it will probably end up being screen printed. People who do printing now are carefully evaluating their businesses. They’re operating with fewer people and they’re standardizing and stabilizing the operation.

Bob Robinson, Sales
Imprintables Warehouse, Masontown, PA
It’s rare to find an industry that only does one aspect of screen printing now. The one-stop-shop is what customers want; they don’t care what technology or method we use. Customers want four-color graphics on any/all substrates. They want a specific white and a metallic ink too.

David P. Coleman, Director of Business Development
RTape, South Plainfield, NH
Advancement in digital and eco-friendly areas are where we see growth. The economic outlook is improving for our industry if this show is reflective of the U.S. at large.

Douglas Grigar, Manager
The Grendel, Cañon City, CO
There’s a greater demand for screen-printed garments than ever before, which has increased our business.

Paul Goulet, Vice President
Sefar, Depew, NY
Adapting to daily change and growing with the newer industrial printing is where the future is.


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Mark Coudray says: Interesting the paradoxical positioning of being a one stop destination while servicing a niche or specialized market. Curiously absent were any predictions of how printers would be increasing their ...

Interesting the paradoxical positioning of being a one stop destination while servicing a niche or specialized market. Curiously absent were any predictions of how printers would be increasing their business. The obvious approach of lowering overhead and costs while speeding up productivity will only go so far. The real survival of screen, digital, or any process lies in the ability to find market growth that will support a healthy return on investment.

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