Friday, December 12, 2014
Blog Publisher’s comments on the survey results:
We announced the survey on November 30th and left it open until this afternoon.
In spite of the fact that the survey post received 744 page-views – and, people, that’s a huge number of page-views for a post on Reprographics 101 – only 24 people took the time to participate in the survey.
Here are some specific comments about the survey results:
* Evidently, HP has done a very thorough job getting the word out, in and around the reprographics industry, about its PageWide wide-format printing technology. 100% reported knowing about HP PageWide wide-format. [Note that HP recently showed HP PageWide at the AutoDesk event that took place in Vegas a couple of weeks ago – first time showing PageWide at an event that end-user customers (A/E firms) go to.]
* 92% of respondents feel that HP PageWide wide-format printers will cause a serious or moderate reduction in sales of B&W toner-based wide-format printers. My take: if HP’s claims prove to be true, the reduction will be dramatic, not just serious or moderate.
* 50% of respondents indicating that, since HP’s PageWide announcement in June, they've held back on acquisitions of new technical document wide-format systems.
* But, only around 44% of respondents have held back on acquisitions of black & white wide-format printers. That’s totally surprising to me, unless the acquisitions HAD to be made and could not be held off.
* And, 50% of respondents have held back on acquisitions of color wide-format printers. I would have guessed that this number would be lower than the B&W number.
* It was nearly unanimous that reprographers feel that, over time, HP’s PageWide wide-format printers will cause a reduction in the prices reprographers get for printing large-format technical documents in color.
* And, a very substantial majority of respondents feel that both A&E firms and GC’s will want more and technical documents (plans, drawings) printed in color if pricing for that sort of printing goes lower.
* 20 out of 24 respondents indicated that they will, or that it’s likely that they will, acquire HP PageWide wide-format equipment. Comment: Not sure what the 4 who said “probably not” are thinking!!! Do they really want to be the ones who fall behind technology-wise?
The full/complete results of the Survey can be accessed at this link: (give the file time to load, please):
Posted by Joel Salus at 1:07 PM