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TrendWatch Tally: 30,556 Printing and Prepress Firms in U.S. Marketplace

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NEW YORK -- January 23, 2003 -- TrendWatch Graphic Arts today released a special report, which analyzes the demographics of the graphic arts industry. According to the report, the U.S. market is made up of an estimated 30,556 printing and prepress firms, half of them small commercial and quick printers. Although small commercial and quick printers account for half of all printing establishments, they only account for 15% of all shipments in the industry. Also according to the report, there are an estimated 56,161 design and production establishments in the U.S., more than a third of them graphic design shops. The TrendWatch Graphic Arts "Graphic Arts Market Demographic Profiles: Where Are We Today -- And Where Will We Be Tomorrow?" report is available for online purchase at the TWGA eStore in PDF format. For more information, go to the TWGA website (www.trendwatchgraphicarts.com). Researcher's Quote... "Since the original demographic briefing reports were developed in 2001, the industry, and the world for that matter, has experienced many new influences, noted Vince Naselli, Director, TrendWatch Graphic Arts. "And yet many of the forces and key issues still remain prevalent. This updated report contains new issues and trends that have emerged over the past two years, and of course, includes the most up-to-date data available in the industry. With many predicting an economic turnaround in 2003, this report offers a strong foundation to build future success." According to the Report... -- 38% of design and production firms say their digital color printing jobs are increasing. The same number (38%) say that their traditional offset printing jobs are decreasing; -- Design and production establishments spent an estimated $108 million on software purchases in 2001 and 2002; -- The number of small commercial and quick printing establishments hit a high point in 1990 at 37,352 U.S. establishments. That number has been declining ever since; -- 86% of the commercial and quick printing establishments, with presses no larger than offset duplicators, have fewer than 10 employees; -- Sheetfed offset presses -- be they duplicators or larger -- account for more than 90% of the presses installed in the United States. Who Should Buy This Report... This report is an overview that describes the size and the trends in the U.S. commercial printing, quick printing, and creative markets. It has been designed for: -- Printers and Printers' Clients: The report summarizes the major trends affecting the industry for use in planning, financing, as well as management training; -- Investors: Help investors assess their investment involvement in print industry business, as well as offers a more thorough understanding of the risks facing the printing industry today, while providing a realistic assessment of the opportunities available; -- Vendors: Suppliers to the industry benefit from an understanding of how printers and their clients think and how they make capital and other purchase decisions. -- Researchers and Analysts: Executives and managers who need to quickly grasp the key printing industry issues and trends and the size of these U.S. markets will find that this report is an insightful overview of the business. Methodology... The demographic information is gleaned from TrendWatch Graphic Arts' own proprietary market sizing information, combined with supplementary data from the Graphic Arts Blue Book and GraphSTATS. Industry trends and current industry profiles are derived from our most recent TrendWatch Graphic Arts "Printing" and "Design & Production" survey reports, conducted twice yearly since 1995. The reports provide comprehensive looks at the state of, and trends in, the graphic arts markets. Availability... The 143-page TWGA "Graphic Arts Market Demographic Profiles: Where Are We Today -- And Where Will We Be Tomorrow?" report is available for purchase by visiting the secure TrendWatch Graphic Arts eStore online at www.trendwatchgraphicarts.com or by phone at 866-873-6310. The price for the report is $1595. TrendWatch Graphic Arts eStore customers can download this report in PDF Acrobat format immediately after purchase.