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Pad Printing Machine Market

Pad Printing Machine Market By Product Type (Single-Color, Multi-Color), Printer Type (Rotary, Flatbed), Output (High, Medium, Low) & Region – Forecast 2021 – 2031

Pad Printing Machine Market By Product Type (Single-Color, Multi-Color), Printer Type (Rotary, Flatbed), Output (High, Medium, Low) & Region – Forecast 2021 – 2031

Pad Printing Machine Market - Analysis, Outlook, Growth, Trends, Forecasts

Pad Printing Machine Market Snapshot

[220 Pages Report]According to Future Market Insights (FMI), the global pad printing machine market is poised year-on-year (YoY) growth of 4.5% in 2021. The global sales for pad printing machines is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.4% between 2021 and 2031, reaching US$ 1.8 Bn by the end of the assessment period.

Pad printing machines are increasingly used for marking and printing various products within the healthcare industry. The rising demand for printing machines that can lay down simple single color image or multicolored complex graphics efficiently will result in high pad printing machine sales.

Driven by this, the pad printing machine market is expected to account for 20% of sales in the US$ 20 Bn worth global printing machine market in 2021. Growth will continue as application soars in food and beverage and automotive industries.

Data Points

Market Insights

Pad Printing Market Estimated Year Value (2021)

US$ 1.1 Bn

Pad Printing Market Estimated Year Value (2031)

US$ 1.8 Bn

CAGR 2021-2031


2021-2031 Global Pad Printing Machine Market Outlook Compared to Growth Registered in 2015-2020

The pad printing machine market is driven by the advent of novel technologies, improved software, and better quality of inks to offer greater flexibility and efficiency in printing technology. According to the FMI, the global sales of pad printing machines is anticipated to increase at a CAGR of 5.4% during the period of 2021-2031, as compared to the registered 3.6% CAGR registered during 2015-2020.

Leading pad printing machine manufacturers are focusing on catering to newer end-use segments like cannabis packaging, industrial components, glassware and textile & apparels to improve strengthen their footprint worldwide.

Integration of machine learning and the use of robots are making printing more flexible and easy. The pad printing machines market will register high growth as focus on technological innovations surges. Pad printing machine demand has increased consistently to effectively print on complex shapes and on a wide range of substrates.

To optimize the process further, manufacturers are looking for cost-effective and a more efficient system for printing. Various industries are showcasing higher preference for pad printing instead of digital printing. This fueling the demand for pad printing machines.

Pad printing is used to print delicate and complex designs on various consumer goods packaging. It is used to print labels on textiles and apparel, also to print turn signal indicators, panel controls, handlebars for the automotive industry and to print over several other goods in industrial and electronic industries.

However, the prime end-user for pad printing is the pharmaceutical and medical devices sector that uses the technique to print syringes, pills, surgical instruments, catheter tubes, contact lenses, among many other things.

Usage of sustainable inks is expected to reshape the demand for pad printing machines. Some of the pad printing machine manufacturers are introducing cameras at various steps of the printing process. Cameras enable users to detect any errors and check the calibrations of the machine set up.

For instance, Comec Italia Srl offers a pad printing machine that is equipped with 3 cameras for coin printing applications. Manufacturers have the opportunity to expand their product portfolio by offering pad printing machines with cameras for other applications that might help end-users to minimize the cost incurred in misprints

How is Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry Contributing to Pad Printing Machine Market Growth?

The medical technology represents one of the largest industries in the U.S. According to Internal Trade Administration, Medical technology industry in the U.S. is expected to reach US$ 208 Bn by 2023.

The medical device industry comprises instruments, apparatuses, and machines used for diagnosis, cure and treatment of various ailments and diseases. Pad printing is used on a wide variety of devices including syringes, surgical instruments, catheter tubes, contact lenses, pills, and others.

Pad printing is a part of a large manufacturing process and works as per original equipment manufacturers’ (OEMs’) requirements, thanks to its high precision tolerance and printing ability on various substrates.

Innovation in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry is continuously lowering costs and improving the quality of production. This is expected to present lucrative scope for application for pad printing machine within the industry.

Why the Demand for Multi-Color Logo Printing Machine Increasing?

Traditionally tear away labels have to be made separately by the apparel manufacturers and then sewn into the apparel making the process long and tedious. The introduction of tagless label printing significantly reduced the efforts of manufacturers and is rapidly gaining popularity in the apparel industry.

Tagless label printing is the process of printing the material care information and logo of the brand along with other details directly on the fabric. Tagless printing can be done through various processes like heat transfer, screen printing and pad printing. Among the three methods, pad printing is gaining popularity among manufacturers.

Pad printing machines offer several benefits like lower operational costs (average cost of supplies per print US$ 0.003), lower start-up costs, flexibility (ability to print on most of the materials like cotton, polyester, spandex, Lycra among others) and durable prints.

These factors are augmenting the application of pad printing machines for tagless labels in the apparel industry. Manufacturers therefore have the opportunity to launch pad printing machines targeted for tagless label application to capture maximum market share in the apparel industry.

Multi-color logo printing or tagless printing is becoming popular among manufacturers in the apparel and textile industry. Tagless printing could be carried out for almost all garments with one or more colored ink and pad printing machine. Pad printing machines not only lower costs but increase the productivity of printing. Also, tagless labels are more eco-friendly than tag labels, low energy usage and sustainability could be reasons for the same.

Considering these factors, demand in the textile and apparel industry is expected to grow in the coming years, creating attractive opportunities for the pad printing machine market growth.

What is the Impact of COVID-19 on the Pad Printing Machines Market?

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020-2021, most of the markets registered sluggish demand and production, which dampened growth in the global market. Pharmaceutical and medical devices however have helped the pad printing machine market to stay afloat despite the challenges. Driven by various advantages of pad printing and economical printing, the pad printing machine market is expected to register a high growth during the forecast period. According to FMI analysis, the market is expected to reach a value of US$ 1.8 Bn by 2031.

Country-wise Insights

Why is Germany Pad Printing Machine Market Considered Attractive?

Germany is a key manufacturer of machines and equipment in Europe. Pad printing is continuously finding applications in the industrial sector, which is driving the growth of the Germany pad printing market. The increasing efficiency of materials and seamless designs are a few perks offered by pad printing, and they act as a boon for the manufacturing sector in Germany.

Siemens, in Berlin, made a breakthrough in 2017 by successfully testing gas turbine blades that were 100% produced by additive manufacturing. The company aims to build a prototype for the same that is almost 90% faster than the typical turbine blades using 3D printing and additive manufacturing. It is expected to have a positive impact on the growth of pad printing in the country.

Will the Growing Equipment and Machinery Continue Driving the U.S. Pad Printing Machines Market?

Numerous companies manufacture equipments and machinery in the U.S. Most of these manufacturers are small and medium enterprises (SMEs). However, the U.S. also boasts the presence of many large conglomerates and multinational American companies that do business on a global scale. Most of the pad printing machine manufacturers are based in the U.S.

Machinery is manufactured in almost every state in the country but production is mostly concentrated in the industrial areas of Midwest, California, and Texas. According to the U.S. government, more than 1.1 million American citizens are employed in the equipment and machinery manufacturing sector, driving the growth of the machinery and equipment sector in the United States. The expanding equipment and machinery sector in the U.S. presents conducive environment for the pad printing machines market growth in the country.

Category-wise Insights

Why are Multi-color Pad Printing Machines High in Demand?

Multi-color pad printing machines offer a printing of up to six colours. These machines are available with high-quality pad printing pads, pad printing plates, pad printing inks and pad printing cups and rings available on the market. Demand for multi-color pad printing machines is expected to grow by a CAGR of 5.7% during 2021-2031. Convenience in printing, clear image printing and ability to print complex designs on substrates are driving growth in this category.

Which Printer Type occupies Maximum Share in Pad Printing Machines Market?

According to FMI analysis, flatbed printer account for almost 62% of the total market share in 2021. The usage of flatbed printers in high due to their low cost and easy maintenance. Due to advancement in technology and advantages associated with rotary printers, the demand for flatbed printers will grow consistently in the coming years.

Which Pad Printing Machine Output is Preferred More among Customers?

Customers prefer medium output which could also be considered to be an average of 1,000 cycles per hour. Most of the pad printing machine manufacturers offer machines with 800 to 1,200 cycles per hour and this is the most preferred output among end users.

Medium output pad printing machines will cover maximum market share during the assessment period. The usage of medium output pad printing machines is considered to improve and the segment is expected to account for 42.5% of sales in the global pad printing machine market by 2031.

Why is Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Industry Leading End User in Pad Printing Machine Market?

Pad printing machines cater a variety of products such as tubes, catheters, clips, shafts, syringes, handles of medical devices, and a range of pharmaceutical products among others in the pharmaceutical & medical devices industry. Sales of pad printing machine in the sector has surged considerably amid pandemic following the increase in demand for medical and pharmaceutical devices. As a result, the radically growing pharmaceutical & medical devices industry is anticipated remain the primary end user of pad printing machines.

Competitive Landscape

Market players are focusing on collaborations and strategic partnership with printing inks and cups manufacturers to cater the surging demand from the overall printing sector. They are working together with innovative printing ink manufacturers to attract customers.

  • For example, In April 2021, MaquaPad MAP, water-based pad printing ink by Marabu Company, was declared to be suitable for synthetic and natural fabrics such as cotton, stretch fabric, and artificial leather, coated as well as polyester fabrics.

Scope of Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for Value and Volume in Units

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Oceania, MEA

Key Countries Covered

The U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Germany U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Russia, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, Israel, South Africa, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia & New Zealand

Key Segments Covered

Product Type, Printer Type, Output, End-use, and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Inkcups Now Corp.
  • Printex USA
  • Illinois Tool Works Inc.
  • Engineered Printing Solutions
  • Printa Systems, LLC
  • DECO Technology Group, Inc.
  • AutoTran Inc.
  • Winon USA
  • Tampoprint AG
  • Miedl & Schnall GmbH
  • Tamponcolor TC Druckmaschinen GmbH
  • Mascoprint Developments Limited
  • Comec Italia Srl
  • Teca-Print USA
  • ESC Europa-Siebdruckmaschinen-Centrum GmbH & Co. KG

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, Company Share Analysis, Competition Intelligence, DROT Analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, and Strategic Growth Initiatives

Customization & Pricing

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Pad Printing Machine Market by Category

By Product Type:

  • Single-Color
  • Multi-Color

By Printer Type:

  • Rotary
  • Flatbed

By Output:

  • High
  • Medium
  • Low

By End-use:

  • Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices
  • Textile / Apparel
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Goods
  • Others (Electronics, etc.)

By Region:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
  • Oceania

Key Questions Answered in the Report

What is the current pad printing machines market value?

The pad printing machine market will surpass US$ 1.1 Bn in 2021.
The market expanded at a CAGR of 3.6% during 2015-2020.
The pad printing machine market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.4% between 2021 and 2031.
Pharmaceutical and medical devices sector emerged as the leading end user of pad printing machines in 2021.
North America holds almost 16% of the global pad printing machines market in 2021 and is expected to grow by 1.3x through 2031.
Top tier players contribute 25% to 35% of the cumulative global market share.
The U.S., China, India, Germany, and U.K. are expected to hold maximum share in the global pad printing machine market
The Germany market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.7% during the forecast period
East Asia holds maximum share in the global pad printing machine market, accounting for over a quarter of sales.

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