Feeling the press: Declining demand has forced down prices and led to industry exits

The Printing industry's revenue has declined over the past five years, as falling demand, strong price pressures, and excess capacity have negatively affected the industry's performance. Consumers have increasingly sought information through online platforms and retailers have responded by adopting digital mediums to maintain consumer engagement. Traditional print materials are comparatively slower to produce and more costly to distribute. As a result, more consumers and businesses have been trading online without using printed materials. Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 1.1% over the five years through 2018-19, to $7.6 billion. This includes an anticipated fall of 1.8% in the current year...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Advertising spending has increasingly shifted online over the past five years
  • Demand for catalogues will remain robust, due to their low per-unit price
  • The industry’s performance is projected to decline further over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Industry enterprises are generally located close to major markets such as wholesalers, retailers, governments, publishers, manufacturers, professional service providers, finance companies and other businesses. Many firms in the industry tend to cater to localised markets due to the time-sensitive nature of printed publications. Customers often have same-day or next-day publication deadlines and these fast response times require printers to be located close to their major markets.A large proportion of companies in the industry are located in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland as population and economic activity tend to be greatest in these states. Approximately 83% of industry enterprises are located in these states in the current year. In ...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

  • Economies of scale
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Internet connections and Demand from publishing (except internet and music publishing) in the Printing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Printing Industry?

    Industry companies conduct printing and reprographic services such as photocopying, printing corporate documents and labels, and producing advertising material, magazines and newspapers. The industry’s printing methods include heat-set and sheet-fed offset lithographic, reprographic, digital, relief and screen printing.

    Industry Products
  • Advertising materials
  • Newspapers, magazines, journals and periodicals
  • Non-publication printed materials
  • Business and financial documents and materials
  • Other materials
  • Industry Activities
  • Commercial printing
  • Digital printing
  • Offset lithographic printing
  • Screen printing
  • Newspaper printing
  • Book printing
  • Catalogue printing
  • Magazine printing
  • Photocopying services
  • Relief, letterpress and flexographic printing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Internet connections
  • Demand from publishing (except internet and music publishing)
  • Demand from retail trade
  • Number of businesses

  • Current Performance
  • Profitability
  • Downstream activities
  • Industry consolidation
  • Competition and international trade
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profitability
  • Downstream activities
  • Industry structure and international trade
  • Ongoing environmental


  • Table: Printing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Newspaper Publishing
  • Magazine and Directory Publishing
  • Book Publishing
  • Consumer Goods Retailing
  • Finance

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Adhesive Manufacturing
  • Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
  • Paper Product Wholesaling
  • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Advertising materials
  • Other materials
  • Newspapers, magazines, journals and periodicals
  • Non-publication printed materials
  • Business and financial documents and materials
  • Chart: Printing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Wholesalers and retailers
  • Governments and other institutions
  • Publishers
  • Other markets
  • Financial companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Professional service providers
  • 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
  • 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
    PMP Limited,
  • Table: PMP Limited - 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 (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Digital Printing
  • A technique that uses digital imaging processes to transfer images directly onto plain paper, without traditional offset rollers and plates.
  • Heat-Set Web Printing
  • A printing process used for glossy and coated prints where paper is moved through an oven immediately after printing to dry the ink.
  • Offset Printing
  • A printing process that transfers an inked image from a plate to a rubber blanket and then onto a print surface.
  • Reprographic
  • The process of reproducing, reprinting or copying graphic material using mechanical, photographic or electronic methods.
  • Web-Fed Press
  • A printing press that prints on continuous rolls of paper and other substrates.
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