Log In | Become a Member | Contact Us


Market Intelligence for Printing and Publishing

Connect on Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

Featured: Special Report: Printing Outlook 2019     Production Inkjet     Installations and Placements Tracker

Frank Looks at "Printing Outlook 2019"

Published on April 12, 2019

Frank talks about the new WhatTheyThink “Printing Outlook 2019” report. There are no leading indicators for the printing industry, government data need a lot of interpretation, and yet printers need insight in order to make intelligent business decisions. This report will give printers meaningful information on where the industry is—and where it may be going.

 

Purchase a copy of Printing Outlook 2019

         Email Icon Email    Reprint Icon Embed/Reprint

 

Discussion

By Vincent Mallardi on Apr 12, 2019

Nice commentary as always,Frank. I have a different take not necessarily at odds with yours. Yes, there may be no leading indicator for print because print itself is a leading indicator. Before anything of value is added at the chain of GDP, paper or board must be manufactured, sequentially followed by packaging and collateral design, reproduction and assembly. Every industry buys print-related products from the lowest demand sector(sand and gravel) to the highest (packaged foods). And within each sector there is a range of marginal utility based on the size of each participant. Only at the end of the chain is the final GDP aggregate summation.

With respect to government data, it has never been useful because SIC (now NAICS) numbers are obsolete. Many long time companies are still using a letterpress designation; and newer entrants are filing as so-called print service providers which is, though erroneous, a post-manufacturing numerical designation. Add reseller distributors, brokers, agencies, strategic outsourcers, 3P logistics outfits and a myriad of other handlers of our medium and we find something remarkable: a relatively stable contributor to GDP in constant-dollar terms.

 

Post a Comment

To post a comment Log In or Become a Member, doing so is simple and free

 

 

Recent Videos

 

Video preview: Frank Talks to Linotype Maintenance Specialist Dave Seat

Frank Talks to Linotype Maintenance Specialist Dave Seat

Published: August 23, 2019

Frank talks to Dave Seat, one of the few Linotype maintenance specialists. Dave travels America repairing the last group of working Linotype hot metal typesetters. He estimates that he repairs around 100 to 200 machines a year, a lot of them in museums eager to get them up and running as there has been a resurgence of interest in Linotypes in recent years.

 

Video preview: Datacolor ColorReader PRO Can Shrink Color Acquisition and Approval from Weeks to Days or Hours for Textile Designers

Datacolor ColorReader PRO Can Shrink Color Acquisition and Approval from Weeks to Days or Hours for Textile Designers

Published: August 22, 2019

Datacolor's Ken Butts explains the importance of its new ColorReader PRO in the overall textile and apparel design process, enabling designers to quickly and easily acquire color data from inspiration items that can be passed along the rest of the supply chain. The ultra-portable colorimeter also links to CSI ColorWall color libraries. It is also integrated with Adobe Textile Designer.

 

Video preview: HP Smart Services Improve Uptime and Productivity in Textile Printing

HP Smart Services Improve Uptime and Productivity in Textile Printing

Published: August 22, 2019

Joan Carol, Services Segment Manager, EMEA, discusses HP Smart Services for textile printing in this video sponsored by HP. He shares how the system works for both predictive and responsive service and leverages HP's large global service footprint for fast response when needed.

 

Video preview: Esko Brands Focuses on Brand Development and Management

Esko Brands Focuses on Brand Development and Management

Published: August 22, 2019

David Zwang speaks with Ali Moosani, Esko President, about Esko Brands, the growing division that focuses on brand development and management.

 

Video preview: The Ricoh Pro VC70000—Breakthrough Inkjet Technology

The Ricoh Pro VC70000—Breakthrough Inkjet Technology

Published: August 21, 2019

David Zwang talks to Mike Herold, Director of Global Marketing for Ricoh, about the company’s new award-winning Ricoh Pro VC70000 continuous-feed inkjet printer. The new Extended Gamut ink and unique compact drying system are designed for a wide media range including commodity offset coated papers.

 

Video preview: Katelyn Lee of Cotton Incorporated Discusses Preparation of Cotton for Digital Printing

Katelyn Lee of Cotton Incorporated Discusses Preparation of Cotton for Digital Printing

Published: August 21, 2019

Katelyn Lee, Textile Chemist at Cotton Incorporated, explains how cotton, as a natural fiber, can be processed in the carding, spinning, and woven fabric preparation to prepare it as a good surface for digital printing with pigment or reactive inks. She also identifies developments the industry should be focusing on to make the process more effective and sustainable.

 

View More Videos

 





Become a Member

Join the thousands of printing executives who are already part of the WhatTheyThink Community.

Copyright © 2019 WhatTheyThink. All Rights Reserved