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.
OUTPUT AND ORDERS SINK TO NEW DEPTHS IN Q2 AMIDST COVID ENFORCED CRISIS IN CONFIDENCE - BUT REBUILDING IS UNDERWAY IN Q3
The UK printing and printed packaging industry hit a record low in the second quarter of 2020. The Covid-19 outbreak hit at the end of Q1, but it is Q2 that has taken the brunt of the impact as both output and orders recorded their worst ever balances - in line with the forecasts provided in Q1. However, expectations for Q3 reveal some improvement, in comparison to Q2, is to come - but it is certainly not a dramatic return to pre-coronavirus normality.
The latest Printing Outlook report reveals that 15% of printers managed to increase their output levels in the second quarter of 2020. Fewer (11%) were able to hold output steady, whilst 74% were adversely affected by a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was -59, a further drop from the -43 reported in Q1 and marginally below the Q2 forecast (-55).
This is the worst quarterly report on record, undercutting the -51 recorded in Q1 2009 and the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis.
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