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Latest Printing Industry and Economic Analysis

By all accounts, the economy is humming along. GDP growth has been positive, with unemployment being at historic lows-and even the labor force participation rate is getting closer to its pre-recession level. As for the printing industry, shipments have been good and bad throughout 2018, but the overall trend is that the industry is losing whatever seasonality it once had.

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Consumer Trends and Developing Food Contact Regulations Driving $271 Billion Printed Food Packaging Market by 2023 (Premium Content)

New research from Smithers Pira forecasts growth opportunities for suppliers in the printed food packaging market, driven by trends including sustainability, and premiumization features such as 3D and metallized effects on packaging. That growth will come in the context of navigating continual developments in the regulatory landscape for food contact materials, however.


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An announcement from WeaveUp, a technology company offering digital print room solutions and customization tools for fabric, about its partnership with JOANN Fabrics, the leading fabric and craft retailer in the U.S., caught our eye. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne connected with Flint Davis, the company’s President, to learn more.


Book Printing Employees—2010–2016

In 2010, there were a total of 28,935 employees in U.S. book printing establishments (NAICS 323117). By 2016, book printing employment had dropped to 19,842.


Frank on the Penrose Annual

The Penrose Annual was published from 1895 to 1982. It was a time capsule that documented the evolving technologies that would transform the printing industry, from halftone printing to process color lithography. Frank visits the Kennedy Library at CalPoly which has in its collection the very rare first three editions.


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Book Printing Employees—2010–2016

Book Printing Employees—2010–2016
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In 2010, there were a total of 28,935 employees in U.S. book printing establishments (NAICS 323117). By 2016, book printing employment had dropped to 19,842. More info

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