In a jam: Demand dwindles as clients increasingly perform industry services in-house

IBISWorld’s Printing Support Services market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

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 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 years.

Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 3.1%...

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Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Printing Support Services industry exhibits a moderate level of capital intensity. In 2016-17, for every dollar spent as wages, an estimated $0.13 is invested in capital. Capital expenditure required generally varies depending on company size. Larger firms tend to spend more on capital and take advantage of technological developments to use automated and computerised processes, whereas smaller companies tend to use manual labour more frequently.

Labour costs are high across most segments due to the education and training required to work in the industry. Pre-press technicians require associate degrees in graphic design and other service segments demand high levels of employee training. Cap..

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Industry Products

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
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

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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