Out of ink: The growth of online and electronic substitutes has reduced industry revenue

Digital alternatives to printed materials such as e-books grew rapidly at the start of the five-year period through 2017-18. The rapid growth in e-books, which are a competitive threat to the industry, is expected to have slowed in the latter part of the five-year period as consumer interest in printed books was renewed. Despite this, overall demand for printed materials from retailers, manufacturers, publishers and service providers has fallen over the past five years as consumers and businesses gradually moved towards trading online. As a result, revenue is expected decline at a compound annual rate of 0.7% over the five years through 2017-18. The industry currently employs just over 100,000 people, making it a significant industry for employment in the United Kingdom...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Resurgence in the popularity of printed books is likely to support growth in the current year
  • The increasing popularity of online advertising has lowered demand for printed advertisements
  • Manufacturers may limit expenditure in the face of low confidence, which could limit demand
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The barriers to entering the Printing industry are relatively low, which is demonstrated by the large number of establishments and the fragmented nature of the industry. However, the industry suffers from overcapacity because there is not a high enough level of demand to satisfy all operators. Prospective entrants may struggle to succeed due to the high level of competition in the industry.The barriers to entry vary in each of the industry’s product segments and are higher for more capital-intensive products. For example, the printing of money involves a high level of capital investment because expensive equipment is needed to form the security component of a note, which is made of fluorescent, magnetic, metallic and micro print elements. Alt...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Printing Industry

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

  • Having marketing expertise
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Retail sales index and Percentage of households with internet access in the Printing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Printing Industry?

    Companies in this industry print books, magazines, annual reports, brochures, labels and tags, posters, diaries, calendars, maps, stamps, security papers, cheques, banknotes and other products. This industry excludes the printing of newspapers and periodicals that appear four or more times a week.

    Industry Products
  • Trade advertising material and catalogues
  • Newspapers, magazines, journals and periodicals
  • Books, brochures and leaflets
  • Security printing
  • Printing on non-paper materials
  • Paper packaging, inserts, and tickets
  • Industry Activities
  • Printing trade advertising material and catalogues
  • Printing books, brochures and leaflets
  • Printing newspapers, magazines, journals and periodicals
  • Printing on non-paper materials
  • Security printing
  • Printing maps and atlases
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Retail sales index
  • Percentage of households with internet access
  • Demand from book publishing
  • Producer price index for paper and paperboard
  • Demand from book retailers

  • Current Performance
  • Trouble in publishing
  • Security printing
  • Evolution of advertising
  • Online threats
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream manufacturers
  • Financial

    demand folds

  • Turning a new page
  • Adding strain
  • Convenience wins
  • Table: Printing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Book Retailers
  • Book Publishing
  • Newspaper Publishing
  • Magazine Publishers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dye & Pigment Manufacturing
  • Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Books, brochures and leaflets
  • Trade advertising material and catalogues
  • Other
  • Printing on non-paper materials
  • Newspapers, magazines, journals and periodicals
  • Security printing
  • Paper packaging, inserts, and tickets
  • Chart: Printing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Publishers
  • Retailers
  • Other
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial, insurance and legal operators
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Printing Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    St Ives plc, DS Smith plc,
  • Table: St Ives plc - financial performance
  • Table: DS Smith plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Printing 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 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)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Digital Printing
  • Printing methods that use digital files, such as PDFs, instead of printing plates.
  • Gravure
  • Short for Rotogravure, a type of intaglio printing process using a rotating printing press, which involves engraving the image onto a cylindrical image carrier.
  • One-Piece Mailer
  • A single sheet of paper that can be folded and posted without an envelope.
  • Short-Run Printing
  • Printing orders that require a relatively small number of copies, typically fewer than 2,000.
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