Commercial Printing Report Summary

SIC Codes: 2396 2732 2752 2754 2759 2761 2782 2789 2791 7334
NAICS Codes: 323111 323113 323117 323120

Chapters Include

  • Industry Overview
  • Quarterly Industry Update
  • Business Challenges
  • Trends and Opportunities
  • Call Preparation Questions
  • Financial Information
  • Industry Forecast
  • Website and Media Links
  • Glossary of Acronyms

Commercial Printing Industry Overview

Excerpt from Commercial Printing Report

Companies in this industry engage in printing on apparel and textile products, glass, metal, paper, and plastic; they may also provide support services such as typesetting, platemaking, and book binding. Major companies include Cenveo, Quad/Graphics, and RR Donnelley (all based in the US), as well as arvato (Germany), Cimpress (the Netherlands), Dai Nippon Printing and Toppan Printing (Japan), and Transcontinental (Canada).

Competitive Landscape

Amid lower overall print volumes and reduced revenue, the commercial printing industry is expected to consolidate as smaller players are less able to make the necessary investments in digital print and marketing services, and other technologies necessary to survive.

Products, Operations & Technology

Commercial printers produce magazines, phone books, labels, advertising brochures, catalogs, newspaper inserts, direct mail marketing pieces, corporate reports and other financial printing, training manuals, promotional materials, and business forms. Besides paper, companies may print on apparel and textile products, glass, metal, and plastics. Most commercial printers offer four distinct services: design and other prepress services; actual printing; finishing (including folding, cutting, and binding); and fulfillment, which includes packing, storing, and shipping (often on a "just-in-time" basis). Other services can include packaging, database management, web design, CD services, training, and consulting.

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