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Printing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Printing Market Research Report | SIC C18.120 | Jun 2017

Paper thin performance: Revenue has stagnated over the past five years due to high competition

The Printing market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
St Ives plc St Ives plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue has remained flat over the past five years, albeit with some small fluctuations
  • Changing advertising trends have led to a reduction in demand for the industry’s services
  • Print advertisements sales are expected to fall over the five years through 2022-23
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

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 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. Additionally, many downstream businesses were limiting their spending at the start of the period. As a result, revenue is expected to remain flat over the five years through 2017-18... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Printing industry has a low level of market concentration. The three largest operators are estimated to have a combined market share of 3.9% in 2017-18, with the largest firm contributing just 2.6% of industry revenue. However, market concentration varies between different products and markets.

In 2016, approximately 81.9% of industry operators employed fewer than 10 staff. Meanwhile, only 1.3% of firms employed 100 or more people. This confirms that the industry is highly fragmented, and it comprises many small players and only a handful of larger firms.

In recent years, the industry has suffered from overcapacity due to falling demand. Establishment numbers have declined as some players have exited the industry and others have undertaken consolidation activity. As .. 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... purchase to read more


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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 cataloguesNewspapers, magazines, journals and periodicalsBooks, brochures and leafletsSecurity printingPrinting on non-paper materialsPaper packaging, inserts, and tickets
    Industry Activities
    Printing trade advertising material and catalogues Printing books, brochures and leaflets Printing newspapers, magazines, journals and periodicalsPrinting on non-paper materialsSecurity printingPrinting maps and atlases

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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
  • Current Performance
  • Falling demand
  • Evolution of advertising
  • Online threats
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Turning a new page
  • Demand drops
  • Convenience wins
  • Table: Printing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Printing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other 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
    Major Companies
    St Ives plc
  • Table: St Ives plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Printing Industry
  • Includes:
  • 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
  • Jargon & Glossary
    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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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    The Printing market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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