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This section focuses on analyzing the structural change of the industry. As a service to the printing and publishing industries, WhatTheyThink provides access to economic, industry trends and other data that is valuable to industry executives for strategic planning and research purposes.

 

Printing Forecast 2019

Printing Outlook 2019 report provides detailed analysis of the latest WhatTheyThink Printing Industry Survey, the latest industry economic data and macroeconomic trends, as well as industry and cultural technological trends to look out for in 2019. Purchase Report | Read Executive Summary

Industry Snapshot

A collection of regularly updated industry data about various measures of business activity. Continuously updated.

 

Monthly Commercial Printing Shipments

US commercial printing shipments is based on the US Department of Commerce manufacturing shipments data for NAICS 323. Updated monthly

Data Analysis

 

No Fall for Printing Shipments

No Fall for Printing Shipments

Published: November 8, 2019

Heading into Fall 2019, the value of printing shipments for September 2019 was $7.14 billion—up from August’s $7.10 billion. It’s not a huge rise, but given that for the last few years September shipments declined from August’s, we’ll take it.

 

Paper Bag and Coated and Treated Paper Manufacturing—2010–2016

Paper Bag and Coated and Treated Paper Manufacturing—2010–2016

Published: November 1, 2019

In 2010, there were 825 establishments in NAICS 32222 (Paper Bag and Coated and Treated Paper Manufacturing). By 2016, that number had declined for a net loss of -12% to 730.

 

The View from the Other Side: Print Buyers’ Revenues

The View from the Other Side: Print Buyers’ Revenues

Published: October 25, 2019

Publishing and advertising are among the biggest print-buying markets. Last month, the Census Bureau released its Quarterly Services Survey, which reported revenues for these markets. Publishers’ revenues continue their long decline, while the up-and-down of advertising revenues indicate the extent to which the nature of advertising is changing.

 

Paper Bag and Coated and Treated Paper Manufacturing Establishments—2016

Paper Bag and Coated and Treated Paper Manufacturing Establishments—2016

Published: October 18, 2019

In 2016, there were 730 establishments in NAICS 32222 (Paper Bag and Coated and Treated Paper Manufacturing). Nearly four out of 10 (39%) have 50 or more employees, and 59% have 20 or more employees.

 

Printing Shipments: The Dog Days of Summer Didn’t Bite

Printing Shipments: The Dog Days of Summer Didn’t Bite

Published: October 11, 2019

The value of printing shipments for August 2019 was $7.1 billion—up from July’s $6.8 billion. As we head into the autumn, 2019 is shaping up to be the best year for the industry in three years.

 

Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing Establishments—2010–2016

Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing Establishments—2010–2016

Published: October 4, 2019

In 2010, there were 491 establishments in NAICS 322212 (Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing). By 2016, that number had declined for a net loss of -8% to 451.

 

Printing Shipments: Summer Surprise

Printing Shipments: Summer Surprise

Published: September 27, 2019

The value of printing shipments for July 2019 was $6.8 billion—up from June’s $6.6 billion. Breaking with seasonality, what has typically been one of the lowest months of the year for printing shipments actually came in pretty good.

 

Corrugated and Solid Fiber Box Manufacturing Establishments—2010–2016

Corrugated and Solid Fiber Box Manufacturing Establishments—2010–2016

Published: September 20, 2019

In 2010, there were 1,356 establishments in NAICS 322211 (Corrugated and Solid Fiber Box Manufacturing). By 2016, that number had declined -12% to 1,200.

 

Industry Profits: Mind the Gap

Industry Profits: Mind the Gap

Published: September 13, 2019

Annualized profits for the second quarter of 2019 were down from $3.61 billion in Q1 to $3.05 billion. However, the gap between large and small printers has only narrowed very slightly.

 

Converted Paper Product Manufacturing Establishments—2010–2016

Converted Paper Product Manufacturing Establishments—2010–2016

Published: September 6, 2019

In 2010, there were 4,128 establishments in NAICS 3222 (Converted Paper Product Manufacturing). By 2016, that number had declined -12% to 3,638.

 

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