Paper thin: Industry firms focus on timeliness and quality as demand and revenue decline

The Printing Support Services industry has faced several major challenges over the past five years. Technological developments have eroded printing markets and demand for traditional services such as platemaking. Desktop publishing software has also reduced demand for printed documents and advertising, as publications can now be produced using digital media. The industry has responded to these challenges by offering digital publications and websites and providing creative design services, digital photography, digital asset management and digital printing services. However, this has not been enough to offset the negative influence of technological change on the industry, which has contributed to its decline over the past five more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Many firms have focused on timeliness and printing quality to attract and retain clients
  • Most industry players service their local area and cannot build significant economies of scale
  • Industry revenue is projected to continue declining over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Printing Support Services industry has low entry barriers. Capital spending required to commence operations is moderate, but for firms seeking to operate on a large scale with many service offerings, initial capital expenditure is higher. Barriers to entry have remained relatively stable over the past five years, as the initial cost of starting a small business in the industry has not changed significantly.Weaker demand for printing support services and the industry's poor overall performance over the past five years presents a potential deterrent for firms considering entering the industry. Access to skilled labour is another challenge that prospective businesses face. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Printing Support Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Printing Support Services are:

  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Production of premium goods/services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from printing and Internet subscribers in the Printing Support Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Printing Support Services Industry?

    Industry operators primarily provide printing support services, including pre-press, post-press and finishing services. Pre-press services include typesetting, colour separation and platemaking. Post-press and finishing services include laminating, embossing and bookbinding. Firms that primarily provide printing and desktop publishing services are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Pre-press services
  • Post-press services
  • Platemaking
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Book repair services
  • Bookbinding services
  • Colour separation services
  • Image setting services
  • Platemaking services
  • Pre-press printing services
  • Post-press printing services
  • Typesetting services
  • 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
  • Internet subscribers
  • Demand from retail trade
  • Demand from advertising services

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Technology
  • Downstream trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand and profitability
  • Technological developments
  • Other trends
  • Table: Printing Support Services Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Magazine and Directory Publishing
  • Book Publishing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail Trade
  • Financial and Insurance Services
  • Advertising Agencies

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Adhesive Manufacturing
  • Paint and Coatings Manufacturing
  • Photographic and Optical Goods Manufacturing
  • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Pre-press services
  • Post-press services
  • Platemaking
  • Other services
  • Chart: Printing Support Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retailers and financial service industries
  • Manufacturers and wholesalers
  • Government departments and other markets
  • Printers and publishers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Printing Support Services Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Printing Support 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 Support 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 Support Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Computer-To-Plate Printing
  • A process of transferring digital data from computers directly onto printing plates.
  • Platemaking
  • The process of making printing plates.
  • Post-Press
  • The steps required to professionally finish printed products.
  • Pre-Press
  • The steps required to turn a design into final form, ready for printing.
  • Typesetting
  • The preparation of content in a format that can be produced on a printing press.
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