Out of print: As the transition to digital media continues, industry revenue growth will be inhibited

The Printing Services industry has been hard-pressed over the five years to 2018 due to waning demand for printing. The industry provides prepress work such as typesetting, tradebinding, mounting and print-plate creation. Operators also carry out postpress work, including gilding, embossing and foil stamping for specialty books. Demand for printing services is linked to the performance of the Printing industry (IBISWorld report 32311) and demand for book, newspaper and magazine publishing, all of which contracted or experienced minimal growth over the past five years. Moreover, advancements in desktop publishing have enabled many former industry customers to perform prepress services in-house...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand for industry services continues to fall due to fundamental changes in the media landscape
  • The number of printing service companies steadily decreased over the past five years
  • Contracting profitability and reduced demand will likely result in continued consolidation
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Prepress servicesPrepress services, not including platemaking, is the largest industry segment and accounts for 33.9% of the industry's revenue. Industry operators typically receive an electronic file from their clients and first copy edit the manuscript to make improvements to the style and format. Next, industry operators proofread the document. Prepress services may also involve retouching and adjusting photographs that are used in magazines and newspapers. Increasing computerization has eliminated many prepress jobs, though, demand for prepress services has grown as strong economic conditions encourage new printing and the need for style and formatting assistance. Pre...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Printing Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Printing Services Industry are

  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Having marketing expertise
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from printing and Demand from publishing industries in the Printing Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Printing Services Industry?

    This industry includes companies that offer prepress and postpress services. Prepress services include imagesetting and typesetting for printers, as well as preparing film and plates for printing. Postpress services constitute activities, such as book binding, to support printing activities. This industry does not include businesses that are primarily engaged in printing (see IBISWorld report 32311).

    Industry Products
  • Hardcover bookbinding
  • Softcover bookbinding
  • Miscellaneous tradebinding
  • Prepress services except for platemaking
  • Printing plates
  • Industry Activities
  • Book, almanac and pamphlet binding without printing
  • Color separation services
  • Electrotype and embossing plate preparation services
  • Gold stamping books for sale
  • Letterpress and lithographic plate preparation services
  • Photoengraving and flexographic plate preparation services
  • Prepress and postpress printing services
  • Printing plate preparation services
  • Rebinding and repairing books, magazines or pamphlets
  • Typesetting
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from printing
  • Demand from publishing industries
  • Print advertising expenditure
  • Price of paper

  • Current Performance
  • Downstream industries
  • Companies exit
  • Increasing competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profitability
  • Shift to digital
  • Rising competition
  • Table: Printing Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Printing Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Printing
  • Magazine & Periodical Publishing
  • Book Publishing
  • Graphic Designers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Camera & Film Wholesaling
  • Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling
  • Office Stationery Manufacturing
  • Paper Wholesaling
  • Plastic Film, Sheet & Bag Manufacturing
  • Printing
  • Structural Metal Product Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Prepress services except for platemaking
  • Printing plates
  • Miscellaneous tradebinding
  • Softcover bookbinding
  • Hardcover bookbinding
  • Chart: Printing Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Printing industry
  • Book publishers
  • Magazine publishers
  • Newspaper publishers
  • Packaging industry
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Printing Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Printing Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Printing Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Printing Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Printing Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Print Advertising Expenditure (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • The number of copies of a publication sold per issue or, in the case of a free title, distributed.
  • Desktop Publishing
  • The process of arranging text and graphics on the page and producing a file for printing.
  • Direct-To-Plate
  • The process of creating printing plates direct from digital page files, bypassing the traditional film creation step.
  • E-Book
  • A book in a digital format that can be read on a computer or on a variety of mobile devices.
  • Plate
  • Generally a thin sheet of metal that carries the printing image. The plate surface is treated or configured so only the printing image is ink receptive.
  • Prepress
  • The process of preparing a publication or other materials for printing.
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