The digitalisation of the Interior Décor sector has seen significant growth in the last 18 months; as a sector, Décor is valued at $737.20 billion (retail). Industrial print applications built for speed and diversity continue to accelerate across the sector as the traditional textile and décor eco-systems re-equip to meet market demand.
Equally at entry level and medium volume - growth has been accelerated by the requirement for on-demand production - not only to fulfil orders in a timely manner - but also to meet the demand for customised and personalised production at any scale. This sector now also benefits from new entrepreneurial growth, and convergence from within the wide format industry.
Reshoring is also beginning to make real progress, with independent designers, small and large businesses and existing suppliers taking control of their own supply chains by moving printed production in-house.
Machinery manufacturers have been quick to respond. The last year has seen many new technologies, new machinery models and updates, and new applications across the entire sector: textiles, wallcoverings, laminates, leather, carpets, hard surfaces, 3D – all of which have energised the market and continue to create new business opportunities and new applications.
Sustainability is high on the agenda for technology, production workflow and materials. Traceability and transparency are becoming increasingly critical – clients are asking the right questions and the industry is stepping up to meet the challenge. Software plays a strategic role as we move forward to meet the UN SDG’s and other NGO recommendations. There have been a number of acquisitions over the last year as print machinery, equipment manufacturers and software providers converge and collaborate to deliver a seamless, efficient and sustainable digital manufacturing proposition.