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I.T. Strategies - 7/11/2007

UV Roll-To-Roll Ink Jet Printers Potential Manufacturer Revenue of $564 Million by 2011

Hanover, MA - July 2007 - Over the last few years, a new type of wide format UV ink jet printer has come on 
the market: the wide format UV roll-to-roll printer. (Definition of UV ink jet printer: An ink jet printer where the inks 
are cured by UV light.) The question being asked by many today is: Will UV roll-to-roll printers experience as 
much success as the UV flatbed or are these printers being pushed into the market because of vendor need 
rather than user demand? I.T. Strategies expects that UV roll-to-roll printers (does not include hybrids) could 
grow from an installed base of 199 printers in 2006 to 1,300 by 2011, a CAGR of 46%. Total manufacturer 
revenue from UV roll-to-roll printers (hardware, ink and media) is forecast to increase from $121 million in 2006 to 
more than $560 million by 2011, a CAGR of 36%. (NB: Total manufacturer revenue from UV flatbed ink jet printers 
grew from $58 million in 2003 to $600 million in 2007.)

According to Liz Ziepniewski Logue, Senior Consultant at I.T. Strategies, "UV roll-to-roll ink jet printers could 
negatively impact the solvent market over the next five years, as users move some output from solvent printers 
to UV printers and more importantly, as users decide to spend their dollars on UV printers rather than solvent 
printers. Perhaps though, the biggest impact will be felt in the screen printing market as highly productive UV 
roll-to-roll printers begin to go head to head with screen printed products."

UV roll-to-roll printers offer a number of advantages over solvent ink jet printers including increased productivity, 
fewer environmental issues, versatility of substrates, less vendor competition and white inks.

According to Logue, "It is still too early to tell what the exact impact of UV roll-to-roll ink jet printers will be on the 
solvent and screen printing markets, but it is clear that there will be one. There is vendor motivation to move to 
UV roll-to-roll and according to I.T. Strategies research, many end users believe UV ink jet printers will be the 
future of the wide format graphics market. While we do not expect that UV roll-to-roll printers will replace solvent 
ink jet printers in the near future, we do expect UV roll-to-roll ink jet printers to impact solvent printer sales and 
output over the next three years. How much will depend on how quickly vendors continue to develop UV 

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