target audience: TECH SUPPLIER  Publication date: Apr 2022 - Document type: Technology Assessment - Doc  Document number: # AP48503822

Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Cylinder Printer Technology Assessment


  • Effie Wang
  • Donna Wang Loading
  • Muhammad Faris Latief Loading
  • Shivani Priyadarshini
  • Sharon Cheng Loading
  • Natcha Panidchinoros


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This IDC Technology Assessment studies the recent rise of UV cylinder printing technology. Through a comprehensive analysis of its technology development path, we dive into every detail about cylinder printing and its competitors: UV direct-to-shape (DTS) printing, UV large-format flatbed printing, UV direct-to-film (DTF) printing, dye-sublimation printing, pad printing, and screen printing. A comparison among all these technologies was also made to explain their application, workflow, software, accessory, productivity, profitability, cost, and pros and cons. A three-year forecast and recommendations were concluded at the end of the study.

"This study assesses and traces the footprint of UV cylinder printing technology development from the beginning of this technology to its potential in the future," says Effie Wang, senior market analyst, IDC Imaging, Printing, and Document Solutions (IPDS) group. "In 2021, the cylinder printer has achieved an impressive unit shipment record in China, and in 2022, we expect it to grow further by 50%. Chinese vendors will continue to drive the technology to expand in the thermos flasks printing segment. Meanwhile, with country boarders opening up gradually, more opportunities lie in Southeast Asia and Greater India," she adds.


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