Photo opportunity: The industry's decline is set to slow as operators diversify their services

IBISWorld’s Photographic Film Processing market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry revenue has plummeted as consumers have been increasingly printing their own photos
  • Smaller, unviable operators have been unable to remain competitive and have exited the industry
  • The popularity of internet image storage and display is likely to continue eroding industry revenue

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Photographic Film Processing industry's performance has deteriorated over the past five years. Households and businesses have embraced digital technology and are increasingly using their own in-house colour laser and ink jet printers for printing photographic images, which has reduced demand for industry services. The industry is expected to decline at an annualised 4.8% over the five years through 2016-17, to $323.4 million. Industry profitability has also suffered over the period due to the intensifying competition in a declining market, and the higher costs associated with keeping photographic processing technology up to date. The slump in the industry's performance has resulted in a sharp decline in industry participation over the period...

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    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The industry's geographic spread is skewed marginally towards New South Wales, the base of several of the larger players, and the distribution has remained fairly stable since the mid-2000s despite the industry's major structural changes. The distribution of photographic film processing enterprises broadly corresponds with the spread of Australia's population and economic activity.

    The most populace states account for the majority of the industry's activity, with New South Wales accounting for 41.3% of total industry enterprises, outweighing the state's share of the national population (32.0%). Leading player, Eastmon's operations are in regional New South Wales, while the Officeworks also maintains its printing hub in this state. Victoria accounts for 23.9% o..

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    Additional Insights for the Photographic Film Processing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Photographic Film Processing Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Production of goods currently favoured by the market
  • Uptake of technology
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from photographic equipment retailing and Real household discretionary income in the Photographic Film Processing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Photographic Film Processing Industry?

    Industry firms provide photofinishing services for processing analog and digital images. This includes processing, altering and printing digital photographs, using kiosks and online processing digital prints. These activities also include developing analog film, scanning images and producing slides.

    Industry Products
    Digital image processing (standard prints)
    Analog film development and processing
    High-end photofinishing services
    Digital image processing (other prints)
    Industry Activities
    Digital photograph processing
    Film developing and printing (except motion picture)
    Photofinishing laboratory operation
    Photofinishing services
    Photographic film processing (including slides, prints and enlargements)

    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 photographic equipment retailing
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Domestic tourist visitor nights
  • Number of marriages

  • Current Performance
  • Structural change
  • Response to the digital revolution
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit and structure
  • Performance and growth opportunities
  • Table: Photographic Film Processing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Photographic Film Processing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Department Stores
  • Photographic Equipment Retailing
  • Professional Photographic Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Industrial and Agricultural Chemical Product Wholesaling
  • Photographic and Optical Goods Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Digital image processing (standard prints)
  • Digital image processing (other prints)
  • High-end photofinishing services
  • Analog film development and processing
  • Chart: Photographic Film Processing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Commercial/professional photography
  • Wedding photography
  • Households

  • Major Markets
  • Households
  • Commercial clients
  • Professional photographers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Photographic Film Processing 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 Photographic Film Processing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Photographic Film Processing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Eastmon Business Holdings Pty LimitedWesfarmers Limited
  • Table: Eastmon Business Holdings Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Wesfarmers Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Photographic Film Processing 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 Photographic Film Processing 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
    Analog Film Development
  • Analog photography film is chemical or electronic film for capturing or developing images and movies.
  • Development
  • The process by which a negative from an analog camera is turned into a traditional print via darkrooms and specialised chemicals.
  • Minilab
  • A relatively small, fast machine that can process and print photographic film at a retail site.
  • Slr And Dslr
  • (Digital) single-lens reflex. A type of camera that uses a semi-automatic moving mirror system to allow the photographer to see exactly what will be captured by the film or digital imaging system.
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