Research
Industry Research

Home / Research & Lobbying / Research / Industry Research
News > News Article

August 2021

Strong recovery in UK printing industry in Q2 but activity still short of pre-Covid levels

Strong recovery in UK printing industry in Q2 but activity still short of pre-Covid levels

Q3 improvements expected despite intense cost pressures, pings and holidays.

The forecasted strong recovery in the UK printing and printed packaging industry was realised in Q2 and is expected to carry into Q3 - though at a slightly lower rate as holidays and isolation pings disrupt the revival. The Covid-19 outbreak hit at the end of Q1, Q2 bore the brunt of the impact and whilst Q3 exhibited a recovery, of sorts, Q4 experienced a halt on that recovery path and Q1 saw some moderate improvements as an equilibrium was achieved between the ups and the downs. It has taken until Q2 this year for significant improvements in workloads to come through, now the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are being lifted and more of the economy is opening-up. Q3 is expected to see continued growth and increased activity levels.

The latest Printing Outlook survey reveals that 58% of printers managed to increase their output levels in the second quarter of 2021. A further 29% were able to hold output steady, whilst the remaining 13% suffered a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was +45, a significant jump up from -1 in Q1, and only a little short of the Q2 forecast (+50). The largest report output balance for seven-and-a-half years has ensured that output has now returned to the positive zone (where more companies report an improvement rather than a decline) after 15 months in negative territory.

Downloads
BPIF Press Release Printing Outlook Q3 2021 - Size: 186Kb Download
Share this page
Most Read

Driving effectiveness with Direct MailDriving effectiveness with Direct Mail

December 2021

This report, developed by WARC in association with Royal Mail Marketreach, is an analysis of successful UK case studies that use direct mail, both as lead media and in the media mix. It takes a fresh look at what direct mail can offer in today's world, in the context of changing consumer behaviours post-Covid and technology innovations, and explores the best strategies for measuring the effectiveness of direct mail campaigns.

A glimpse into the future of marketing - and the surprising role of printA glimpse into the future of marketing - and the surprising role of print

December 2021

Sappi and Kantar have surveyed more than 1,200 marketing specialists across Europe and the US - to bring you the key trends, insights and strategies you need as businesses head into the post-pandemic era.

For more information please contact:
Kyle Jardine
Kyle Jardine
0289 002 0135