The rise, fall and restructuring of the print economy in 2020

A talk by Ralf Schloezer
Owner, Digital Print Expert

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The Covid pandemic sent print production into a heavy decline in 2020, rebalancing demand for a myriad of print applications types as well dramatically altering the vertical markets that print-service-providers have been able to rely on for the last decade.

The rebound started in May but recovery rates are varying across the continent and the destabilisation of some markets has shown a very much altered demand landscape. This presentation will look at the drop and rebound rates in print production in different European countries to date and which print applications benefited during the crisis or fell behind.

About the speaker:

Ralf Schlözer has over 30 years of experience in the Graphic Arts and Graphic System Manufacturing industries. He is a freelance consultant and technology analyst for the printing industry with a special focus on digital print and a regular contributor to Inkjet Insight and

He provides insights on technologies, applications, business models and market development. He is also an expert on market sizing and statistical sources around the printing industry.

In previous positions at KPI/InfoTrends as Director of the On Demand Printing and Publishing Consulting Service, he was responsible for all service related publications, consulting and research in production print hardware on a global basis. Before, Mr. Schlözer spent 5 years in the R&D and Digital Printing Business groups of MAN Roland in product planning.

Ralf graduated as Diplom Ingenieur in Printing Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany and holds an M.S. Degree in Graphic Arts Systems from the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) in the United States.