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.
PRINTING INDUSTRY STABILISED IN Q1 - OUTPUT, ORDERS AND CONFIDENCE TO RECOVER IN Q2 BUT COST PRESSURES INTENSIFY SQUEEZE ON MARGINS
The UK printing and printed packaging industry achieved a steady balance in Q1 and is expected to take strong strides up the recovery path, with significant increases in output and orders in Q2. To re-cap - 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. Fortunately forecasts for Q2 are finally showing the significant improvements that we would all loved to have seen continue six months ago. Now the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are being lifted, more of the economy is opening up and printers are beginning to see more business returning.
The latest Printing Outlook survey reveals that 33% of printers managed to increase their output levels in the first quarter of 2021. One-third (33%) were able to hold output steady, whilst the remaining 34% were adversely affected by a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was -1, up from the -9 reported in Q4 2020 and, whilst still negative, well above the Q1 forecast (-24). Output has yet to return to the positive zone (where more companies report an improvement rather than a decline) but a return towards it is promising.
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