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Membership Has Its Advantages! At Their Fingertips—NPES Members Have Access to Vital Industry Market and Economic Data The past year was rough on the U.S. economy. U.S. Industrial Production, a benchmark for industrial activity, is 1.1% below the year-ago level. According to the ITR—an NPES (Booth 700) partner that provides members with expert economic analysis and industry forecast reports—in states tied to energy, oil prices are resulting in many layoffs and reduced economic activity. Similarly, the relatively strong U.S. dollar meant many domestic manufacturers had to compete with lower-cost imports for business and the stock market has been volatile. But the news is not all bad. Leading economic indicators point to positive signs. The Purchasing Managers Index which formed a cyclical low in November 2015 is trending upward. Non-defense Capital Goods New Orders, a measure of business-to-business activity, is also trending into recovery. Indications from the bond market are overtly positive for the remainder of 2016 and into early 2017. These signs suggest the weakness in the U.S. economy is approaching an end. Although there are areas of weakness in the overall economy, these are likely transient signals, rather than a slippage into another round of cyclical weakness. The leading indicators noted above, coupled with other positives, all suggest the second half of 2016 will be stronger than the fi rst half, and the fi rst half of 2017 will be stronger still. Be aggressive in sales efforts and use the prevailing pessimism to your advantage to grab market share from competitors afraid to move at this juncture. As a business owner or CEO of a supplier to the printing industry, how does the general economy impact the potential for your business? More importantly, when you look at your company’s sales data, how do you know if you’re keeping pace, leading or lagging with your competition? To effectively assess your performance in the marketplace, you need access to some crucial information: will the recovery continue to strengthen how long it will last, what is the market size for different products, who is buying what, and when they will be making those purchases. To help explore these questions, NPES member companies have an unparalleled resource available to them: the NPES Market Data Program. The NPES Market Data Program has provided participants with critical information on the size of the printing equipment and graphic arts supplies marketplace for nearly 60 years. The program is free, legally monitored and highly confi dential. There are various program elements that provide NPES members with targeted data on the products that they produce and sell. The “traditional” printing equipment and graphic arts supplies program provides dollar and unit shipments for nearly 80 key industry product categories. Participating member companies provide monthly shipment information to an independent consultant and, in return, receive quarterly market data reports. From this data, members can confi dently gauge their performance, evaluate the emergence of new market trends, and forecast future product sales. NPES conducts this data collection effort through an independent consultant to ensure the confi dentiality of participating members. The NPES Market Data Program is driven by the needs of the participants, and the fl exibility of this program allows participants to recommend additional categories as new markets emerge, assuring that NPES remains the authoritative source for printing and publishing market data. The Production Digital Color Press program collects quarterly unit data and dollar estimates of these products by fi ve duty cycle classes for North America, giving those members timely and cost-effective data on the size of this market, shifts between classes of products, and information on whether the market is growing, declining or stable. To further enhance the information provided by the program, NPES works with ITR, led by Principal Alan Beaulieu, to provide participating member companies with the quarterly NPES Advisor. This report offers U.S. market specifi c updates and forecasts on seven key industry product segments: printing equipment, pressroom equipment, sheetfed offset presses, bindery equipment, graphic arts supplies, direct to metal plates, and digital color presses. ITR also provides snapshots of U.S. macroeconomic indicators that members can use to predict their own future activity. These quarterly reports, with an annual value of nearly $20,000, are provided at no cost to Association member companies that participate in the NPES Market Data Program. Member companies that do not participate in the NPES Market Data Program receive a limited report with basic information on printing equipment and graphic arts supplies. The free NPES Market Data program offers competitive market share knowledge to benefi t your business immediately – join today! To participate in the NPES Market Data Program, contact Rekha Ratnam, Assistant Director, Market Data and Research, at email: rratnam@npes. org or phone: 703/264-7200. Eagle Systems Scores with the Ability to Cold Foil on Uncoated Stock Offset sheet fed Cold Foiling on Uncoated Stock has never been done before. Due to characteristics of uncoated stocks (being porous and variables in the surface from coated stocks), previous iterations were never capable of 100% coverage. Now, with an Eagle Cold Foil system (Booth 2625) and Eagle consumables (available directly from Eagle), offset sheet fed cold foiling on uncoated stock will now be a reality. Currently, there is only one press set up to do this in the world. Eagle has retrofit a manroland press at the The Matlet Group’s Packaging Graphics in Providence, RI, a leading manufacturer of high-end consumer packaging products. Because of our testing we are making “Cold Foiling on Uncoated Stock” happen every day. In the works for more than six years as an R&D project, Cold Foil on Uncoated stock is a viable, sellable solution, with 100% coverage capabilities and is now available to the marketplace. For many service providers of greeting cards, food packaging, pocket folders, and wine labels, as well as beer and soda carriers, this innovation alone will be well worth the trip. Only at the show will proprietary samples be on display. 12 | September 28, 2016 | GRAPH EXPO 16 Offi cial Show Daily | PrintingNews.com


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