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Analysis of the current situation of the global printing industry

Mr. Chris Sykes, President of the world printing conference and communication forum and executive president of the South African Printing Industry Federation

ladies and gentlemen:

thank you very much for inviting me to make this speech. Every time I come to prosperous China, I feel very happy

the organizers hope I can talk about the current situation of the global printing industry. This topic is very difficult, because although all countries in the world can enjoy the same technology, the impact of globalization and urbanization on the printing market of each country is different

according to the statistics of economist magazine, the global urban population in 2006 will exceed 50% of the global total population for the first time in history. Ten years ago, in 1996, the population of 34 cities in China alone exceeded 10. 0 million in code for indoor environmental pollution control of civil building engineering GB50325 (2). At that time, relevant departments had predicted that within 10 years, the population of 480 cities in the world would exceed 10 million for 3 (5) minutes. Moreover, at present, the population of 20 cities in the world has exceeded 10million. This trend of urbanization has a great impact on the printing industry. First of all, it means that the shorter the supply chain, the shorter the supply chain, the shorter the delivery time of live parts, and the smaller the customer inventory. In fact, "just in time production" is no longer just a concept, it is gradually becoming a common mode of operation. Secondly, large-scale urbanization has a positive impact on primary and higher education and the cultural industry, and the educational level of developing countries is also constantly improving

based on the above two trends, please allow me to analyze the current situation of the global printing industry

in the world printing and Communication Forum (WPCF), representatives of major printing production countries and regions around the world gathered, and they were constantly summarizing the situation of the printing industry. This is a very complex work, because everyone has different definitions of industry, and the accuracy of statistical information is also inconsistent

based on the feedback provided by our members, I have made the following summary of the current situation of the global printing industry

first of all, there is a trend of consolidation in more developed printing markets such as Western Europe, the United States and Japan. Large printing companies and groups continue to merge and acquire medium-sized printing enterprises, while small printing companies are developing in a more professional direction. In developed countries, the high cost of skilled labor, coupled with the increasing health care and pension standards, and the rising cost of energy and raw materials, have forced printing companies to constantly adjust their structures. Large companies face the challenge of increasing input costs and global competition, and reduce unit costs by developing economies of scale. In many cases, the purpose of their mergers and acquisitions of medium-sized printing enterprises is not to increase printing production capacity, but to expand customer base. A typical example is the new European gravure factory established in Liverpool, England. The merger project involves three major publishers and six printing companies. At present, there are 38 gravure presses and 4300 employees. It is estimated that its annual turnover will reach 1billion euros and its annual paper consumption will reach 1million tons

the United States, European countries and Japan are facing low-cost competition from other countries in the world. Some countries are close neighbors, while others may be far away. Despite these competitions, the printing industry in North America has rebounded strongly in the past two years, according to the American Printing Industry Association (PIA). The fastest-growing is the toner based digital printing method, which shows that on-demand printing and variable data printing are not only gradually replacing some traditional offset printing businesses, but also creating a new printing market. Digital printing will continue to grow in 2006. The main problems faced by American printing enterprises are the rising cost of employee health care, the rising cost of energy, the continuous occurrence of mergers and acquisitions, and the increasing price of paper

in Western Europe, due to the economic growth of 6 It should be noted that the maintenance of the experimental machine has been declining, and the printing industry has been seriously affected. But now Britain and the European continent are experiencing minor improvements. According to the statistics of the International Federation of printing and printing industries (ntergraf), the pressure of falling printing prices still exists. For example, in the UK, 30% of printing enterprises expect that the price of printed matter will continue to decline and will not rise in the next quarter. As the input cost of Eastern European countries is relatively low, some businesses in Western Europe have been transferred to Poland, Bulgaria and other countries

in Japan, about 80% of the printing output value comes from cities, of which the output value of the capital Tokyo accounts for 30% of the total output value of Japan's printing industry. Most of the printing business comes from domestic demand. Japan's domestic and printing industries are facing the problem of population aging, and are facing four major challenges, namely environmental regulations, the level of information technology, price competition and the commercialization of printed matter, as well as the continued rise in paper prices

printing materials are converted into commodities and sold at the lowest price, which has hurt printing enterprises in many countries and regions around the world. They are watching printing materials depreciate in the hearts of customers. There are several reasons for this. The first is the excess printing capacity. Nowadays, the production efficiency of new equipment is very high. Many printing enterprises do not eliminate the old equipment after purchasing new equipment, but make these old equipment operate at marginal cost, which will bring pressure on the price reduction of printed materials. Secondly, China and India have gradually become a new force in the international printing industry. Thanks to the long-term support of global color book publishers, the printed matter in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Singapore has maintained a high quality standard and competitive price. However, these businesses are increasingly taken away by printing companies in mainland China and India

now, Mozambique hands over the printing business of textbooks to Indian newspaper printers. We know that it is very uneconomical for the newspaper rotary printing press to be idle, so the Indian newspaper system has developed the market of printing textbooks for Mozambique. The post press processing of these textbooks is completed in other places offline, and almost all the post press processing processes such as folding, book ordering, gluing and cutting are carried out manually. This approach can only be achieved in areas where labor prices are extremely cheap, and India has this advantage. Although the printing quality of these textbooks is not very high, they can meet the requirements of Mozambique's education sector

therefore, the trend of globalization has become a factor in the commercialization of printed matter. In order to maintain competitiveness, printing enterprises strive to give full play to their own advantages - familiar with the local market, providing value-added services for customers, faster delivery, etc. Printing enterprises in some regions can also make full use of the advantages of local languages

China's printing industry has a competitive advantage in the world. China's economic growth is strong, with a large amount of input costs, and the state has also formulated a reasonable plan for the development of the printing industry. Another remarkable country in actively developing the printing industry is Dubai, an oil producer. Although it is small, it has established a large-scale printing export support center - "Printing City". The Dubai government exempted the printing industry from import tax, corporate business tax and personal income tax. Obviously, this can significantly reduce the production costs of printing enterprises, and these policies are very attractive to investors

undoubtedly, China has had a great impact on the global printing market. The large-scale printing business with long delivery time is increasingly transferred from many countries to China's coastal areas, such as Shenzhen and Guangzhou

the growth rate of the printing industry in China and India is beyond the reach of the rest of the world. However, one thing shared by the global printing industry is to make full use of resource advantages. The business with long delivery time is likely to continue to transfer to China and India. The printing industry in other countries should try to make full use of the advantages of short version digital printing technology, better combine traditional technology with new technology, and provide customers with services with higher added value

I believe that globalization and urbanization are the main factors for large printing companies to become bigger through mergers and acquisitions. At the same time, they also promote small printing companies to become more professional, and continue to develop some new market areas for the protection of columns, beams and bridge decks, such as variable graphics, data bases and management. For example, although South Africa is not a large country, our largest printing and media group has begun to invest heavily in the printing industry in China and Brazil far away. The group has just invested heavily in Abril publishing group. Printing companies in the United States, Canada, European countries and Japan can also adopt this strategy. The trend of globalization has provided a lot of opportunities for the printing industry in various countries to develop in a diversified direction

the global printing industry in 2006 is an exciting and dangerous field. No matter where you are, as long as you are willing to improve and innovate, you will find unlimited business opportunities

such a short speech can't explain this theme well, but I hope my speech can let you know the general situation of the global printing industry

thank you again for this opportunity, and thank you all for your patience and time

source: truking printing

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