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.
We are very pleased to continue our partnership with Canon, we'd like to thank Canon for their support - this will ensure all survey respondents receive a printed copy of Printing Outlook.
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.
PRINT OUTPUT AND ORDERS HELD FIRM IN Q3 - EXPECTATIONS FOR Q4 HAVE DETERIORATED AS CONFIDENCE FALTERS
Stronger than expected growth in orders and output helped the UK printing and printed packaging industry's continued recovery in Q3 - but the forecast for Q4 is downbeat as confidence expectations continue to slide. Frequent input cost increases, shocks over the cost of new energy supply contracts and heightened uncertainty due to political and economic turmoil in the UK has damaged confidence ahead of a normally bullishly anticipated Q4 period.
The latest Printing Outlook survey reveals that 43% of printers managed to increase their output levels in the third quarter of 2022, a further 41% were able to hold output steady. However, the remaining 16% did experience a decline in their output levels. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was +27, below the +37 in Q2, but above the Q3 forecast (+19). A sixth consecutive quarter of positive output growth is very welcome but is of course attributed to the sharp Covid-enforced decline in 2020, and the continued recovery from that.
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