The Outlook of Printing

In the past ten years, thanks to the ascendency of digital technologies, the printing industry had experienced a continuous decline. Users now access documents more conveniently on mobile devices instead of printing an actual page

However, the printing industry will not disappear. With the advancement of new technologies, printers have both improved their sales and are becoming more integrated with the mobile devices. At the same time, many are still in doubt about the future of printing in the long run.

According to Stuart Deavall, the Web & Digital Marketing Manager at, Most print users utilize the remote access capabilities that have been applied in many modern devices. WiFi connectivity makes it possible for users to transmit documents from any device to the printer on the same network without using a data line. This urges the printer OEMs to be more adaptable to the digital age.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. IoT is becoming the main influencer on how printing will adapt to the future. It is estimated that Internet will connect 20 to 30 billion “things”, such as watches, toothbrushes, and even cars, etc.

Connecting with the Internet is good news for printing industry as it will make workflow operations simpler and faster, while helping enterprises to cut internal costs and pursuing office efficiency.

Printer manufacturers are making every effort to enhance the speed of their new devices. Among them, Canon, HP and Samsung in particular, have developed expertise in promoting the performance of their devices. Inkjet and laser printers will become even faster in the future. Waiting for a page to print out will become a thing of history.

Nowadays, printers are using the CMYK model to print a full color document. However, that might change in the future. Epson has already launched a printer that uses seven different colors during the print process. The technology is called SureColor SC-S, and it not only provides amazing color reproduction, but will also encourage other manufacturers to invent more advanced color printers in the future.

Efficient and environmentally friendly technologies are already widespread among printing manufacturers. However, they will develop more eco-friendly machines in the near future as OEMs opt for machines that can carry the Energy Star logo based on energy efficiency.

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