Thermal and Inkjet Disc Printers Market

Thermal & Inkjet Disc Printers Market: Increasing Adoption of Cloud Based Storage Systems Decreasing Demand for Media Discs: U.S., Japan & Europe Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016 - 2026

  • 2016-10-27
  • REP-NA-2033
  • 189 pages
 Thermal and Inkjet Disc Printers Market

An Incisive, In-depth Analysis on the Thermal Inkjet Disc Printers Market

This study offers a comprehensive, 360 degree analysis on the Thermal Inkjet Disc Printers market, bringing to fore insights that can help stakeholders identify the opportunities as well as challenges. It tracks the global Thermal Inkjet Disc Printers market across key regions, and offers in-depth commentary and accurate quantitative insights. The study also includes incisive competitive landscape analysis, and provides key recommendations to market players on winning imperatives and successful strategies.

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Disc printing is the process of printing text, data or images on the surface of the optical disc. Two different approaches for printing CD-R on-demand are - Thermal disc printing and Inkjet disc printing. A thermal disc printer employs pressure and heat to apply text and graphics to the disc surface. The print surface of thermal printed discs is more durable. Thermal disc printing produces colour custom labels that are waterproof, scratchproof and do not require any additional coating. Inkjet printers utilize a mechanism in which the print head has several tiny nozzles/jets that spray ink onto the disc, as the disc moves past the print head, forming the characters or images. Inkjet disc printers may employ a single cartridge for different colours or several cartridges, with one for each colour depending upon different models, and are priced accordingly. The total thermal and inkjet disc printers market of U.S., Europe & Japan was valued at US$ 929.6 Mn in 2015. In terms of value, the disc printers market in the U.S., Europe and Japan is expected to witness a declining CAGR of −3.0%, between 2016 and 2026.

Increasing adoption of cloud based storage systems and on-premise systems are the main reasons for a declining thermal and inkjet disc printing market

Thermal disc printers offers several advantages such as higher throughput of the thermal ribbons, more durable print surface, and are comparatively faster than other disc printing solutions.

Several benefits offered by inkjet disc printers are high resolution printing and they are comparatively less expensive and lighter in weight. Inkjet printing technology is more accurate and smudge-free on special types of printable media discs (rather than simple discs with smooth surface) having matte surface, which can absorb ink similar to paper and provides high quality image and artwork. Easy availability of printable media discs at low prices is a driver for the growth of the U.S., Japan and Europe disc printer market.

Increasing adoption of cloud based storage systems and on-premise systems (hard disk drive and solid state drive) is decreasing the demand for media disks worldwide. As these alternatives are convenient, faster and are available at comparatively lower prices than media discs, they are more popular among end users. High cost of raw material of recordable optical disc and low profit margins due to wide availability of substitutes are acting as major challenges for players in the recordable optical disc market. As a result, most players are shutting operations or divesting in other sectors, which is adversely affecting growth of the market. Increasing adoption of digital downloads over physical storage devices by end users is hampering the growth of the thermal and inkjet disc printers market.

Market Segmentation

By Printer Type

By Region

  • Thermal disc printers

    • Direct thermal printing

    • Thermal retransfer & dye-sublimation printing

    • Ribbon type (monochrome black, colour and photo)

  • Inkjet disc printers

    • Continuous ink technology

    • Drop on demand technology

    • Head design (Fixed head and Replaceable head)

  • United States

  • Western Europe

  • Eastern Europe

  • Japan

Market forecast

The thermal disc printer sub-segment was valued US$ 418.3 Mn in 2015 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of -2.5% during the forecast period. The inkjet disc printer sub-segment was valued at US$ 511.3 Mn in 2015 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of -3.4% during the forecast period. The U.S., Europe and Japan thermal disc printers market was valued at US$ 418.3 Mn in 2015 and is anticipated to reach a market value of US$ 320.2 Mn by 2026 end. Revenue from the market is projected to decrease by 20% between 2015 and 2026. The U.S., Europe and Japan inkjet disc printer market was valued at US$ 511.3 Mn in 2015 and is expected to reach US$ 353.0 Mn by 2026.

Key market players

Some of the key market players identified across the U.S., Europe and Japan thermal and inkjet disc printers value chain are Rimage and Formats Unlimited (MF Digital) that are operating in both the thermal printing and inkjet disc printing market. TEAC America Inc. and Microboards Technology are specifically operating in the thermal disc printers market while Seiko Epson Corporation and Primera Technologies Inc. are specifically operating in the inkjet disc printers market.

The report “Disc Printers Market- U.S., Europe & Japan Industry Analysis & Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026,” offers a 10-year forecast for the U.S., Europe & Japan Disc Printers Market between 2016 and 2026. In terms of value, market is expected to register a CAGR of -3.0% during the forecast period. This study demonstrates the market dynamics and trends across four regions of U.S, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Japan which influence the current nature and future status of the disc printers market over the forecast period.

Report description

This research report provides a detailed analysis of the disc printers market and offers insights on the various factors affecting popularity of these products. The report includes an extensive analysis of key industry drivers, restraints, market trends, and market structure. The market study provides comprehensive assessment of stakeholder strategies and imperatives for succeeding in the business. The report segregates the market based on thermal disc printers and inkjet disc printers across U.S, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Japan.

The report starts with an overview of the U.S., Europe & Japan disc printers market in terms of value. In addition, this section includes an analysis of key trends, drivers and restraints from the supply, demand and economy side, which are influencing the disc printers market. Impact analysis of key growth drivers and restraints based on the weighted average model is included in this report to facilitate clients with crystal clear decision-making insights.

The disc printers market is classified on the basis of printer type and geography. On the basis of printer type, the market is segmented as thermal disc printers and inkjet disc printers. Thermal disc printers are further segregated on the basis of technology (direct thermal printing and thermal retransfer & dye-sublimation printing) and ribbon type (monochrome black, colour and photo). Inkjet disc printers are segregated on the basis of technology (continuous ink technology and drop on demand technology) and head design (fixed head and replaceable head). A detailed analysis has been provided for every segment in terms of market size analysis for disc printers across the aforementioned regions. The report provides a detailed analysis covering key trends, absolute dollar opportunity, and BPS Analysis.

The report provides a market outlook for 2016–2026 and sets the forecast within the context of the thermal and inkjet disc printers market, including latest technological developments as well as service offerings in the market. This study discusses key trends within countries contributing to the growth of the market, as well as analyses the degree to which drivers are influencing this market in each region. Key regions and countries assessed in this report include U.S., Western Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Nordic, Benelux, and Rest of Western Europe), Eastern Europe (Russia, Poland, and Rest of Eastern Europe) and Japan. This report evaluate the present scenario and future growth prospects of the disc printers market for the period 2016 –2026. We have considered 2015 as the base year and provide data for the trailing 12 months.

In the final section of the report, we have included a competitive landscape to provide clients with a dashboard view based on categories of providers in the disc printers’ value chain and key differentiators. Report audiences can gain segment-specific vendor insights to identify and evaluate key competitors based on an in-depth assessment of capabilities and success in the marketplace.

Research methodology

To calculate the U.S., Europe & Japan disc printers market size, we have considered total optical disc market size, total thermal printing market size, total inkjet printing market size, country wise spending on the thermal and inkjet printing products, disc printers manufacturing facilities in the assessed regions and revenue contribution of the top players. The forecast presented here assesses the total revenue by value across the market. In order to offer an accurate forecast, we started by sizing the current market, which forms the basis of how the disc printers market will develop in the future. Given the characteristics of the market, we have triangulated the outcome of different types of analyses based on the technology trends.

Given the ever-fluctuating nature of the global economy, we not only conduct forecasts in terms of CAGR, but also analyse the market on the basis of key parameters such as year-on-year (Y-o-Y) growth to understand the predictability of the market and to identify the right opportunities across the market. As previously highlighted, the U.S., Europe & Japan disc printers market is split into a number of segments. All segments in terms of thermal disc printers, inkjet disc printers, and based on different regions are analysed in terms of basis point share to understand individual segments’ relative contribution to market growth. This detailed level of information is important for identification of various key trends governing the U.S., Europe & Japan disc printers market. Also, another key feature of this report is the analysis of all key segments in terms of absolute dollar opportunity, critical in assessing the level of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve, as well as to identify potential resources from a sales and delivery perspective in the U.S., Europe & Japan disc printers market.

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