Shuttering: Cloud storage platforms have further eroded demand for industry services

The Photographic Film Processing industry's performance has declined over the past five years. Households and businesses are increasingly using their own in-house colour laser and ink jet printers to print photographs, reducing demand for industry services. The widespread adoption of online storage platforms such as Google Photos and Dropbox has further reduced demand for printing services. The industry is expected to decline at an annualised 3.2% over the five years through 2018-19, to reach $316.9 million. Industry profitability has also decreased over the period due to the intensifying competition in a declining market. The slump in the industry's performance has resulted in a sharp decline in industry participation over the period. Industry revenue is expected to contract by more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Revenue has declined as consumers have been increasingly printing their own photographs
  • Many smaller operators have been unable to remain competitive and have exited the industry
  • The popularity of internet image storage is likely to continue eroding industry revenue
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Advances in digital imaging technology have threatened to make the Photographic Film Processing industry obsolete over the past five years. Consumers are taking more photos than ever, but are printing fewer of the images they capture. The decline of the industry can be likened to vinyl LP records and compact discs being superseded by digital MP3 players and multi-purpose smartphones. Digital photography has almost totally supplanted traditional analog film. Most Australian households capture, store, manipulate and transfer digital images, using their own image capturing devices such as digital cameras, smartphones and tablets. The fact that these images needed to be stored on physical media or printed to ensure they did not get lost once helped to support the industry. How...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Photographic Film Processing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Photographic Film Processing are:

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Production of goods currently favoured by the market
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • 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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    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. Industry operators also develop analog film, scan images and produce 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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    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

  • 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
    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
    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
    Eastmon Business Holdings Pty Limited, Wesfarmers Limited,
  • Table: Eastmon Business Holdings Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Wesfarmers Limited - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Photographic Film Processing 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
    Analog Film Development
  • Analog photography film is chemical or electronic film for capturing or developing images and movies.
  • Minilab
  • A compact set of photographic processing equipment designed to develop film and print images in a short time at a convenient location, such as a store.
  • 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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