Future of Print

Printing has traditionally been thought of as just the white box in the corner of the office. That perception is changing rapidly as printing technologies evolve to become a core component of the manufacturing and production processes. In healthcare, pharmaceutical companies are manufacturing 3D printed prosthetic limbs tailored to specific patients. In retail, vendors are manufacturing shoes and printing designs on demand, reducing stock wastage. In education, students can buy personalised textbooks, reducing cost and improving learning.

A new study from Ricoh Europe, conducted by Coleman Parkes, examines how new and emerging printing technologies are helping to reshape industries and open up opportunities for businesses across the continent.

The survey was conducted in May 2018 and consisted of 3,150 respondents from businesses of all sizes based in Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and Ireland.

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New printing technologies to revolutionise the healthcare sector

The majority of healthcare experts are using new printing technologies to help improve accurate diagnostic rates and lower mortality rates. They are also using print innovations to rapidly manufacture customised implants and prosthetics, leading to a reduction in the time patients need to spend in hospital.

Digital fabrication and 3D printing emerge as key future skills

The majority of higher education institution leaders say that new skills learnt through the use of technologies such as digital fabrication and 3D printing are vital to educational success and preparing students for the graduate job market. 66% say investing in new printing technology is a key way to attract new students and improve satisfaction with their institution and course.

European business leaders put print centre-stage to drive innovation and agility

Business leaders must rethink the role of printing within their organisation. With 69% believing print will unlock vital revenue and 67% using it to provide competitive differentiation, printing has fundamentally moved from the back office to the boardroom. New printing capabilities are providing the foundations for strategic agility and innovation improvements. 39% have adopted new printing technologies to enable AI and automation. 

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