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 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

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    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 - 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 greater economies of scope, 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.

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    Additional Insights for the Printing Support Services Industry

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

  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Production of premium goods/services
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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 Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from printing
  • Internet connections
  • Demand from retail trade
  • Demand from advertising services

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Printing Support Services Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Printing
  • Downstream markets
  • Outsourcing

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

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • 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
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Printing Support Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    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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