Screen printing is to be one of the initial and versatile form of printing technique. In this printing technique, ink is passed through a screen that is extended on a frame under high tension. According to the image that is to be imprinted, a stencil is placed on top of the screen to block off certain regions on it. The openings on this stencil produce an image on the printing material. Due to good ability of screen printing technique to print on glass materials of varying sizes, shapes and nature, glass has been a preferred printing material by this means. In spite of the growth in digital printing technology in recent years, screen printing on glass still carries its own advantages of good quality output and long lasting impression of the image.
Industrial and commercial applications that makes significant use of color vivacity and longer durability of screen-printed glass materials are the major driving factors for screen printing glass market. Today, modern screen printing machinery and integrated automated systems used for printing offers wider color palette and superior color saturation. Also, the thickness of ink that is applied to glass is more than that used in digital printing, which results in richer and lively impression of the printing. Greater thickness of ink also makes the printing more durable against humidity, scratches and UV rays, making it more suitable for industrial applications. Moreover, custom and special color effects can also be applied to glass in screen printing process. Other major drivers favoring glass screen printing market is its cost-effective printing technology for large orders and superior image quality. For applications like branded cosmetic or home decoration companies where consistent quality is the first priority, screen printing is preferred. As in this, the probability of color fading of the print or getting affected by external environmental conditions is very low as compared to digital printing.
Threats affecting the screen printing glass market are requirement of trained employees in the screen printing technology and the high cost associated to it for a small quantity of order. Also, implementation of semi-traditional screen printing technology like using wooden or nylon frames instead of polyester or Polypropylene and using non UV solvent instead of UV solvent as screen-printing ink can also be considered as threats in screen printing glass market.
New opportunities that are expected to signal growth to screen printing glass market include the increasing demand from industries such as manufacturing, commercial, architecture and other industries that don’t compromise on quality and performance for their wide-ranging product applications. Home and interior decoration industry is also making great use of this technology by bringing innovative and creative products on shelf for interiors of homes and offices. 3D screen printing on glass is another evolving opportunity for screen printing glass market.
Screen printing glass market can be segmented on the basis of application and geography. On the basis of application, it can be segmented into various industries such as architecture and interior, pharmaceutical, gaming, furniture and appliance, electronics, automotive, consumer goods industry, marketing and advertising industry and the graphics industry. Printed electronics, automotive and other manufacturing industries rely on screen printing to a great extent as in these industries, glasses are screen-printed considering the stringent specification to get the desired accuracy. Furniture and appliance, architecture and interior and consumer goods industry including cosmetics also prefer screen printing due to appealing look and good image quality. Also, advertising and graphics industry are making increasing use of screen-printed glass for promotional activities which have further increased by the emergence of 3D screen printing technology. On the basis of geography, screen printing glass market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America.
Some of the key players in the screen printing glass market include Monvera Glass Decor, O.Berk Company, LLC, EZScreenPrint, GlassWithaTwist.com, Phoenix Glass Decorating Company, Bergin Screenprinting & Etching, ToughGlaze (UK) Ltd., Artline Screen Printing Inc. & Custom Vinyl Graphics., Marabu GmbH & Co. KG, and Glasswerks among others.
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