The hottest traditional plates go their own way

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Traditional plates go their own way (Part 1)

from the 1990s to the beginning of this century, the PS plate industry developed rapidly. The national PS plate output increased from 43.4776 million square meters in 1999 to more than 80 million square meters in 2002, doubling. According to the statistics of 31 major PS plate manufacturers in China by the printing equipment branch of China printing and equipment industry association, the production of PS plates in China in 2002 increased by 30.8% over the previous year; The sales volume was 76.38 million square meters, an increase of 28.4% over the previous year; The sales revenue reached 2.372 billion yuan, and the thermal conductivity with a price within 30 yuan was generally 1.0 ⑴ 3w/m.k increased by 27.3% over the previous year. These figures are enough to show that the development momentum of China's PS version market is strong and the market demand is still increasing, but this growth is not unlimited. In addition to summarizing the achievements of the PS edition industry, we should pay more attention to its present and future. At present, although the future is not uncertain, there are also thorns and frustrations

what is the current situation of the PS edition industry and where will they go? Mr. Yokota Xiaoer, general manager of Fuji Xingguang Co., Ltd., Mr. Lei Shangqian, general manager of Xingguang PS plate material center of China Institute of Printing Science and technology, Mr. tengfangqian, deputy director of the second film factory of lucky group, and Mr. Huangshan, general manager of Sichuan Juguang printing equipment Co., Ltd. accepted our interviews respectively. They analyzed the development trend and problems faced by China's PS plate industry according to the actual situation of their own enterprises

calmly face the challenges of the outside world

ps version is an old topic, and the old topic does not mean there is no new idea. Compared with the market a few years ago, this year's popularity has obviously decreased a lot, which can be seen from this year's national PS edition industry conference. Impact of CTP plate on PS plate (3) any material will have a design life under stress. It is obviously the focus of the world. CTP technology is a new technology for the printing industry to move towards digitalization, and the application of CTP plate will have an important impact on the PS plate market; After China's entry into WTO, the import tariff of PS version has been reduced, and foreign high-quality PS version has also brought a huge impact on the domestic plate market. However, in the face of these challenges and impacts, domestic PS version manufacturers have no initial tension, but are more calm and calm, and they are ready to fight

Lei Shangqian, the former general manager, was deeply touched by this year's industry conference, He said: "Compared with last year, this year's national PS edition industry conference has calmed down a lot. Unlike last year, many PS edition manufacturers are eager to get on the equipment and production line, and have a great potential to compete with CTP. This year, manufacturers are more calm and rational in the face of the market. They have deeply analyzed the changes in the market pattern of the current edition and expressed their confidence in the future market of PS edition. Of course, this calmness is not groundless, in fact, this This meeting is also a reflection of the current market situation of PS version. "

so what makes you calmly face the market and new technologies? Several respondents analyzed the reasons in depth

1 In the past year or two, the three major international plate manufacturers Fujifilm, Kodak polaroid and Agfa have successively established joint ventures or plate production bases in China and put into production, which undoubtedly has an impact on the domestic plate market. They will use advanced technology and strong production capacity to launch high-quality PS plates into the domestic market, such as Fuji Xingguang's PS plates, plate bases, photosensitive adhesives and other materials are all imported, The formula is also Fujifilm, and the product quality is beyond doubt. At present, the production line speed newly invested by the three major plate manufacturers is more than 20 meters/minute, and some even reach 60 meters/minute. Compared with the domestic production speed of less than 10 meters/minute, the unit cost of the product is relatively low. It is certain that once the price of imported plates is slightly lowered, it will not be much different from the average price of domestic plates, and many small and medium-sized PS enterprises will be squeezed out, which is by no means groundless. It can be said that imported plates are very competitive in terms of quality and price, and the threat to the domestic PS plate market is inevitable, which is also one of the reasons why PS plate insiders are calm after recognizing this situation

2. In recent years, PS manufacturers have been worried that CTP will occupy half of their territory, and the users of PS version are also hesitant about whether it is necessary to launch CTP. Insiders also predicted that CTP will completely replace PS version in a very short time when CTP momentum is strong, but it has proved not to be the case. PS version is still developing and will coexist with CTP for a long time. The phenomenon that the output of PS version increases instead of decreases proves this. Mr. Yokota koji of Fuji starlight said, "at present, the number of domestic CTP equipment has reached more than 200, and the process of CTP is still advancing gradually, but on the whole, the market share of CTP is less than 5%, compared with 50% in Europe, North America and 25% in Japan, the penetration rate of CTP in China is still relatively low." Lei Zong of Xingguang said, "China's printing market is very large, and most printing enterprises are still at the medium and low level. These enterprises have not reached the level of having to choose CTP in terms of business demand and economic ability"; Director Teng of lucky II also believes that China's demand for high, medium and low-grade PS versions is very large, especially for medium and low-grade PS versions, so the PS version market has not weakened; At present, CTP plates do not pose a very strong threat to PS plates. He said: "at present, the introduction of CTP has a certain regional nature, and the introduction speed of CTP in the south is relatively fast; at the same time, due to the influence of the scope of printing business, commercial printing can start from a production line if it is still dominated by PS version in the short term. Newspaper printing is time-consuming, and CTP will develop faster."

for the vast majority of small and medium-sized printing enterprises in China, the use of PS edition is sufficient to meet the requirements of printing business. But as Fuji starlight Yokota koji, general manager, said, "CTP is becoming more and more popular in the international market, and this trend will come to China sooner or later". Therefore, the challenge of CTP technology cannot be underestimated

in such a situation, the PS edition merchants are calm, not because they are timid, but after a period of observation, they see that the development and progress of the PS edition industry still need to continue. Therefore, they began to deeply analyze the obstacles to their own development, looking for gaps and ways to catch up

looking for ways to catch up with the advanced

from our survey on the use of PS version, we can see that in domestic PS version, "Sanguang" (Xingguang, Huaguang and Ju Guang) occupies most of the market of the industry, and rising stars Wenzhou Kangerda and Shanghai Jielong are also eye-catching; From the perspective of usage, users have different opinions on the evaluation of various brands, but they prefer imported plates in terms of quality. Domestic plates are inferior to imported plates in many aspects. Even if the high-quality domestic PS version is compared with foreign or joint venture PS version, there is still a gap in stability. If the sand mesh treatment is not very good; There is also the problem of photosensitive glue. At present, the tolerance of domestic photosensitive glue is still more than ten seconds different from that of imported plates, and the point loss is serious; There is also a gap in development. A good PS version should not change with the concentration and time of the developer. Most of the photosensitive adhesives commonly used in China are patented products in the United States in 1956, and there has been no great breakthrough in resins and additives. In the interview, the plate manufacturers themselves are also very clearly aware of these shortcomings, and have strengthened their research and development efforts. For example, Fuji Xingguang relies on the strong scientific research strength of China Institute of Printing Science and technology and Fujifilm to timely analyze the performance of various plates in the market, so as to grasp the technical status and product gap; The director of Lexian erjiao Teng also mentioned that their research institute has a group of technical personnel specializing in scientific research, which is the basis for them to develop new products

in addition to the core competitiveness and quality of products, the development of enterprises is also inseparable from business strategies. Many domestic PS version enterprises have done quite well in marketing, and the benefits are also very obvious. Huang Shan, the general manager of Sichuan Juguang, stressed that the service issue has been the focus of market attention in recent years and the hot spot of enterprise competition. Juguang has more than 50 sales and service points across the country to comprehensively serve users. And this is also an important aspect of the strength of enterprises at present

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