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Large-Format Graphics Consulting Services

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CAP Ventures
Strategic consulting firm for providers and users of digital communication technologies and services. Areas covered include on-demand printing and publishing, network document printing, and visual communication technologies, including large-format printing and narrowcasting of updateable signage. In 2002, CAP Ventures acquired InfoTrends Research Group, which tracks digital photography, Internet imaging, image processing, and scanning.

CEIR: Center for Exhibition Industry Research
Highlights the importance of exhibitions in today's business environment. Promotes the image, value, and growth of exhibitions. Conducts primary research studies proving the effectiveness and efficiency of exhibitions as a marketing medium.

Diamond Research Corp.
Technology consulting firm specializing in imaging materials and processes.

GAMIS: Graphic Arts Marketing Information Services
Marketing research division of Printing Industries of America and Graphic Arts Technical Foundation provides current market data and information on graphic arts. In 2002, GAMIS published a 300+ page study and analysis of digital color wide-format printing with research from PrintCom Consulting. Report is available through www.gain.net, the graphic-arts information portal.

IMI: Information Management Institute
Sponsors conferences to help developers of products for the digital-printing industry understand technology developments, markets and applications requirements.

IT Strategies
Research and consultancy firm for manufacturers of digital-printing equipment and supplies. Free data includes worldwide digital color forecasts for inkjet and electrophotographic printing, including wide-format inkjet.

Lyra Research, Inc.
Publications, information, conferences, and custom-research for the imaging industry, including targeted information on printers and copiers, digital photography, and imaging supplies. The Hard Copy Observer covers the full spectrum of printer devices.

TrendWatch Graphic Arts
Monitors changes in the graphic-arts and design markets. Publishes market trend and information reports and performs market/product strategy and market information consulting services. The TWGA Installed Base/Market Share Benchmark Study of Wide-Format Printers conducted in 2002 reported on trends in the wide-format printing market and the number of wide-format devices installed in graphic-arts firms.

Vector Marketing
Independent and confidential market research and strategic consulting for organizations in the sign and graphics industry. Reports include: US Large-Format Inkjet Market Forecast; US Inkjet Printer and RIP Trends; and US Inkjet Media Trends. US Sign & Graphics Trends report surveys over 300 shops and distributors from the digital-printing, sign, and screen-print markets on sales growth and predictions, capacity utilization, and pricing.

Web Consulting
A global network of expert consultants provides information to digital and screen printing industries. Recent reports on flatbed inkjet printers, large- and grand-format printing in China, the potential for digital printing of textiles, and a 2002 global survey of wide-format graphics.

Wilhelm Imaging Research
Research on the stability and preservation of traditional and digital color photographs. Publishes brand-name specific permanence data for desktop and large-format inkjet printers and other digital-printing devices.

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