Blotted ink: The industry will continue to decline as demand for printed materials wanes

The Printing Services industry in Canada has struggled over the five years to 2017 as demand from downstream industries has plummeted. The industry has been one of the economy's worst performing over the past decade due to the shift away from traditional print media channels toward online alternatives. Ultimately, while the Canadian economy is expected to continue to improve over the five years to 2022, there will not likely be any relief on the horizon for the Printing Services industry in Canada. Many of the fundamental factors that have led to the industry's decline remain unresolved as traditional print plays less of a role in the media more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Printing services operators suffer as the publishing and printing sectors became more digitized
  • One positive for the industry has been steady demand from the consumer goods and retail industries
  • Demand from printing, which is a revenue crucial source, is forecast to fall
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Similar to the Canadian population, the distribution of printers is heavily concentrated in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. Together, these provinces account for 84.7% of printing services establishments in 2017. The distribution of enterprises is also in line with downstream markets in printing, publishing and advertising. It is important for printing services operators to establish facilities in close proximity to customers so that orders can undergo a relatively quick turnaround with simple logistics. Ultimately, the distribution of businesses has not changed significantly over the past five years.According to Canadian Business Patterns data, in 2017, Ontario houses 46.1% of the Printing Services industry's establishments in Canada. Ont...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Printing Services Industry

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

  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Having contracts within key markets
  • Optimum capacity utilization
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from printing and Demand from publishing industries in the Printing Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Printing Services Industry?

    This industry offers prepress and postpress services. Prepress services include image-setting and typesetting for printers, film preparation and plates for printing. Postpress services include functions that support printing activities, such as book binding. This industry does not include companies that are primarily engaged in printing, which are instead included in the Printing industry in Canada (IBISWorld report 32311CA).

    Industry Products
  • Prepress services (except platemaking)
  • Printing plates
  • Hardcover bookbinding
  • Softcover bookbinding
  • Miscellaneous postpress work
  • Industry Activities
  • Book, almanac and pamphlet binding without printing
  • Colour separation services
  • Electrotype and embossing plate preparation services
  • Letterpress and lithographic plate preparation services
  • Photoengraving and flexographic plate preparation services
  • Prepress and postpress printing services
  • Printing plate preparation services
  • Rebinding and repairing books, magazines, or pamphlets
  • Typesetting
  • 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 printing
  • Demand from publishing industries
  • Number of fixed broadband connections
  • Demand from food manufacturing
  • World price of wood pulp

  • Current Performance
  • Industry structure
  • A shifting marketplace
  • Mass exodus
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Worsening industry fundamentals
  • Technological changes
  • Shrinking operators and employment
  • Rising external competition
  • Table: Printing Services Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Printing in Canada
  • Newspaper Publishing in Canada
  • Book Publishing in Canada
  • Graphic Designers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Coated & Laminated Paper Manufacturing in Canada
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling in Canada
  • Industrial Machinery & Equipment Wholesaling in Canada
  • Printing in Canada
  • Rubber Product Manufacturing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Prepress services (except platemaking)
  • Printing plates
  • Miscellaneous postpress work
  • Softcover bookbinding
  • Hardcover bookbinding
  • Chart: Printing Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Printing
  • Packaging
  • Book publishers
  • Magazine publishers
  • Newspaper publishers
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Printing Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Printing Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Printing Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Southern Graphics Systems International,
  • Table: Southern Graphics Systems International - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Printing Services 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 Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Demand from printing (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • The number of copies of a publication sold per issue or, in the case of a free title, distributed.
  • Direct-To-Plate
  • The process of creating printing plates direct from digital page files, bypassing the traditional film creation step.
  • E-Book
  • A book in a digital format that can be read on a computer or on a variety of mobile devices.
  • Prepress
  • The process of preparing a publication or other materials for printing.
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