Commercial Printing Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 10/5/2020
SIC Codes: 2732, 2752, 2754, 2759
NAICS Codes: 3231
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Excerpt from Commercial Printing Industry Profile

Companies in this industry engage in printing on apparel and textile products, glass, metal, paper, and plastic; they may also provide lithographic, gravure, screen, flexographic, digital, and letterpress services. Major companies include Cenveo, Quad/Graphics, and RR Donnelley (all based in the US), as well as Bertelsmann (Germany), Cimpress (the Netherlands), Dai Nippon Printing and Toppan Printing (Japan), and TC Transcontinental (Canada).

The global commercial printing industry generated about $785 billion in annual revenue in 2017 and is forecast to experience annual growth of 0.8% through 2022, according to Smithers Pira. Rising demand in emerging economies, package printing, digital print, and value-added services are expected to drive growth.

The US commercial printing industry includes about 25,000 companies with combined annual revenue of about $81 billion. Companies in the industry may print books or periodicals, but book, magazine, and newspaper publishing are covered in separate industry profiles.


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.

Demand is driven by advertising and product needs of business customers. The profitability of individual companies is closely linked to effective sales operations. Large companies have scale advantages in buying materials like paper and ink, serving large customers with regional or national needs, and making efficient use ...

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