Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Printing industry, which includes large commercial printers and local print shops, endured a variety of challenges over the past five years. Consumers are increasingly favoring digital alternatives to printed materials, such as online media. Decreasing sales volumes and the application of downward pressure on unit selling prices have also hampered industry profit during the past five years. Printing requires substantial capital investment in new technology to remain competitive in times of excess capacity. Due to the relatively low amount of customer orders, overcapacity has contributed to the long-term trend of industry consolidation... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Establishment locations are primarily distributed according to the national population. Larger establishments tend to operate in specific segments and are generally spread less evenly across the nation. The number of employees per establishment tends to be highest in book printing; blank book and loose-leaf binders; and manifold business form printing. In these segments, the major employing states are Pennsylvania, New York and Texas.
The regions accounting for the largest share of industry establishments are the Southeast and the Great Lakes. The regions represent 22.4% and 17.6% of industry establishments, respectively. While the Southeast has more establishments than any other region, its share is proportional to the region's population... purchase to read more