Printing Outlook is the BPIF's quarterly printing industry trends survey, compiled primarily from an online survey of BPIF members. It covers topics such as: your top business concerns, orders, output, price levels, capacity, costs, margins, investment, pay reviews, productivity, late payment and payment terms, public sector procurement, Web-to-print and paper & board prices and supply.
As well as reporting on the BPIF's latest quarterly survey of trends in the printing industry, Printing Outlook now incorporates:
- UK headline economic data
- CBI forecasts and assessment
- Paper and board consumption statistics from the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) and sector insight from EMGE (paper industry consultants)
- Printing Ink sales volumes and values from the British Coatings Federation (BCF)
- Energy sector commentary from Schneider Electric
- The latest print and printed packaging Red Flag Statistics and Financial Health statistics compiled especially for the BPIF by Red Flag Alert and Begbies Traynor
- Insolvency statistics for the printing sector
- Advertising sector data and analysis from the Advertising Association / Warc Expenditure Report and the IPA Bellwether Report
Printing Outlook is widely reported in the trade press, and feeds into the Bank of England and their provision of data to the Monetary Policy Committee. It is required reading for many suppliers to and investors in the industry, and is used by the BPIF to help represent the interests of our industry to other trade associations, the CBI, Government and the European and worldwide printing industries.
BPIF members can download the full report below; Printing Outlook press releases are available here.
UK PRINTING INDUSTRY MOVES CLOSER TO PRE-COVID LEVELS AS RECOVERY GATHERS STRENGTH IN Q3 - GROWTH TO CONTINUE IN Q4 AMIDST MOUNTING SUPPLY CONSTRAINTS AND COST PRESSURES
The UK printing and printed packaging industry continues to rebound - a majority of companies improved their performance in Q3, and many expect to see further improvements in Q4. 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. As expected Q3 has experienced continued growth and increased activity levels; this trend is forecast to continue in Q4 - despite challenges in the supply chain and significant input price inflation.
The latest Printing Outlook survey reveals that 59% of printers managed to increase their output levels in the third quarter of 2021. A further 33% were able to hold output steady, whilst the remaining 8% suffered a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was +51, a slight improvement from +45 in Q2, and well above the Q3 forecast (+37). The largest reported output balance for 14 years shows that the printing and printed packaging industry is recovering following a lengthy spell of curtailed production.
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