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).
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.