140 Printing Industry Statistics Based on Latest Trends & Analysis

Printing Industry Statistics Based on Latest Trends & Analysis

Is the printing industry on a decline? What print should companies anticipate heading in the future? These printing industry statistics offer the best guidance leading into the future.

Overall Printing Trends

  • The global printing industry is worth $898 billion. (PrintIsBig)
  • The printing industry is 8 times the size of the video games industry.(PrintIsBig)
  • Print represents 80% of book sales worldwide (PrintIsBig)
  • The US printing industry experience the highest growth in Q3 2015, since 1996.
  • Printer revenue increased by 39% of print companies in 2014 (Konica Minolta)
  • 22% of print companies experienced a decline in revenue in 2014 ( Konica Minolta)
  • Price decrease is reported by 38% of print companies in 2014 (Konica Minolta)
  • The Asia region experienced a decline of 21% in price in 2014, compared to a positive net balance of 15% in 2013 (Konica Minolta)
  • 43% of print companies reported a decline in profit margin. (Konica Minolta)
  • 33% of commercial printers and 42% of publisher printers reported a decline in demand in 2015 (Konica Minolta)
  • Newspaper suffered the largest drop in demand (62%) from 1999 to 2012 (Konica Minolta).
  • From 1999 to 2012, print advertising fell by 60% as marketers shift to digital media. (Konica Minolta)
  • Since 1993, the number of print service companies decreases by an average of 1,000 per year (Konica Minolta)
  • 50-60% of print providers cited strong competition as the largest key challenges in 2015. (Konica Minolta)
  • Paid circulations experience a drop from 62,328,000 in 1990 to 40,420,000 in 2014 in the US. (QualityInfo)
  • Commercial lithographic printing formed 38.6% of industry segments in 2008 (CollegeGrad)
  • In 2003, small commercial and quick printers accounted for 15% of shipments in the printing industry (ScholarWorks)
  • Small printing establishments formed 70% of printing firms in the US, with an estimated annual revenue of $24.6 billion in 2003. (ScholarWorks)
  • Commercial printing firms in the US generated $105 billion in 2002. (ScholarWorks)
  • Annual growth of 2% in value is projected for the print industry through 2020. (BPIF)
  • $19 billion are invested in new equipment in 2015. (BPIF)
  • In 2015, the average revenue per establishment was $3.33 million, compared to $3.25 million in 2010. (InkjetInsight)
  • Commercial printing revenue drops 8% from 2016/2017 in North America (InkjetInsight)
  • Canon has the largest market share (24.1%) among printing vendors in 2018. (Statista).

Conventional Printing

  • Average volumes by users are down from 20.54 daily pages/user in 2015 to 17.39 daily pages/user in 2016. (PrintAudit)
  • Legal vertical usage decreases from 87 average pages/day/user in 2015 to 79 average pages/day/user in 2016. (PrintAudit)
  • Color revenue is stable from 2015 to 2016 with 42.18% and 43.98% of total spending respectively. (PrintAudit)
  • Duplex printing is stable with 20% of total volumes for both 2015 and 2016. (PrintAudit)
  • Flexography was the most used (41%)  printing process in packaging printing in 2002. (ScholarWorks)
  • Flexography generates the highest revenue(56%) in label printing in 2000. (ScholarWorks)
  • There are 1,468 daily and 7,689 weekly US newspaper publishers in 2003. (ScholarWorks)
  • In 2001, 73% of magazines utilize offset printing while 27% use gravure. (ScholarWorks)
  • 83% of catalogs are printed with offset printing in 2001 (ScholarWorks)
  • 93% of Sunday Magazines are produced with gravure printing in 2001. (ScholarWorks)
  • Printing for advertising and promotion contributes to 16% of the total volume. (ScholarWorks)

Digital Printing

  • Digital printing is expected to grow from  $131.5 billion in 2013 to $187.7 billion in 2018 (Konica Minolta)
  • Digital printing’s total share of the market grows from 9.8% in 2008 to 20.6% in 2018. (Konica Minolta)
  • 51% of book publishers have web-to-print. However, only 25% of the installations are profitable. (Konica Minolta)
  • Color printing for email and web is growing from 20.54% in 2015 to 27% in 2016. (PrintAudit)
  • 35% of print providers are not prepared to transform their business to suit the digital evolution. (Konica Minolta)
  • By 2025, the digital print market is expected to hit $28.85 billion. (InkWorldMagazine)
  • Digital printing is projected to represent ¼ of the entire print market in 2020 (B2CPrint)
  • Digital textile printing is expected to grow 10% annually by 2021. (Beyond-Print)


  • 8.5 trillion of letter size simplex pages are printed annually in North America (PrintIsBig)
  • Print media is 43% less likely to be more annoying than the internet (PrintIsBig)
  • Advertisers in the US spent $167 per person for a 1,255% return. (PrintIsBig)
  • Direct mail increases online donations by 40%. (PrintIsBig)
  • In 2015, direct mail marketing generated a higher response rate than email marketing by 37%.
  • Direct mail reported an incremental sales of $2.2 trillion in the US in 2012.  (PrintIsBig)
  • 96% of news reading is still in print with 87.1 billion monthly page views. (PrintIsBig)
  • Advertising mail is read by 80% of the households. (PrintIsBIg)
  • Print is more engaging than online articles by 59%. (PrintIsBIg)
  • Over 10 billion business cards are printed in the United States annually (ReviewChatter)
  • Both Minuteman Press and Sir Speedy have 840 franchise locations each in 2003 (ScholarWorks)
  • There are 680 large US printing firms with a total of $95 billion in revenue in 2003. (Scholarworks)
  • 19 large US printing firms made over $1 billion each in 2003. (ScholarWorks)
  • Professional printing services helped 80% of businesses to stay competitive (SmallBizTrends)
  • In 2018, 70% of professionals printed the same amount or more than the previous year. (SmallBizTrends)
  • 50% of millennial professionals printed at least once a month. (SmallBizTrends)
  • 85% of consumers equate quality of print with the quality of services. (SmallBizTrends)
  • 90% of consumers agree that there will always be a need for printing. (SmallBizTrends)
  • Custom T-Shirt printing market is expected to cross $10 billion by 2025. (GlobeNewswire)
  • Labels, folding carton, corrugated and flexible packaging contributed to 700 billion square meters of printed material in 2016. (Package Printing)
  • Digital color printing makes up to only 1% of packaging printing. (Package Printing)
  • There are approximately 1,200 color digital presses in the US  (Package Printing)
  • Corrugated printing accounts to $25 billion of total print value. (Package Printing)

Office Printing Cost

  • Almost 90% of companies fail to track printing cost (Marconet)
  • Document cost takes up between 5% to 15% of total revenue (Marconet)
  • IT departments spent 15% of the time on printing issues (Marconet)
  • 22% of communications to help desk are related to printing issues. ( Marconet)
  • Most companies failed to capitalize up to 30% in printing cost savings. (Marconet)
  • An average 34 pages are printed by a worker daily with 17% ended up unused. (LaserResource)
  • 65% of documents are discarded or recycled on the same they were printed. (LaserResource)
  • Each 1$ spent in printing results in $9 on managing the documents. (LaserResource)
  • Printing may cost up to 3% of total revenue. (LaserResource)
  • Companies often underestimate the cost of printing by up to 40%. (Laser Resource)
  • Managed print services can reduce cost by up to 30%. (ImageOne)
  • 4 prints are generated for a single copy. (RayMorgan)
  • Up to 41% of print-related expenses bypassed formal approval. (RayMorgan).


  • 75% of commercial printers offer variable data print (VDP). (Konica Minolta)
  • 55% of printers use automated pre-flight testing and 44% use digital asset management in customer and service production. (Konica Minolta)
  • Digital inkjet printing can produce text up to 4,000 words per minute. (B2CPrint)


  • 10.67 million US jobs are reliant on advertising mail in 2007. (PrintIsBig)
  • Difficulty in attracting young talents is cited as the #1 recruitment problem of print companies. (Pi World)
  • 430,900 employees in the US are employed in the printing and related support services in Oct 2018. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Employees in the printing and related support industry in the US earn an average of $23.21 per hour in 2018. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • US employees work an average of 38.8 hours weekly in 2018 in the printing and related support industry. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • The producer price index of the US printing and related support industry in 2018 is 116.0, a 0.1% increase from the previous month. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • There are 28.488 private establishments in the printing  and related support industry in the US as of 2018 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • 7 out of 10 printing companies employ fewer than 10 people. (CollegeGrad)
  • In 2008, sales representatives took back the highest earning in the printing industry with a median of $26.50 per hour. (CollegeGrad)
  • The lowest earner in the printing industry in 2008 are production workers, making only $10.84 per hour. (CollegeGrad)
  • Employment in the printing industry has declined by 300,000 employees since 2000. (WhatTheyThink)
  • 28,248 of print establishments operate with 1-4 employees in 2003. (Scholarworks)
  • 37 print establishments were staffed with over 10,000 employees in 2003. (Scholarworks)
  • There are 4,131 commercial screen printing establishments in 1997, employing a total of 72,005 employees. (ScholarWorks)
  • US In-Plant printing sites hired a total of 6,854 employees in 2002. (ScholarWorks)
  • Young employees under-30 are expected to make 75% of the workforce in the printing industry by 2025. (Domtar)
  • 102,530 printing press operators were employed in the Printing and Related Support activities as of 2017 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)


  • Labor productivity of the printing and related support industry in the US is at 108.403 in 2017. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Labor index in 2017 stands at 71.167 for the US printing and related support industry. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Output index of the US printing industry and related support stands at 77.147 in 2017. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • The unit labor cost index of the printing industry and related support activities in 2017 is recorded at 100.331. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)


  • More than 51 million tons of paper was recovered from recycling in 2015 (PrintIsBig)
  • The global printing industry only uses 17% of cut forest trees. (PrintIsBig)
  • Direct mail saves CO2 emission by 35,000 tons in the US (PrintIsBig)
  • There are 20% more trees in the US today than 40 years back. (PrintIsBig)
  • 1.7 million trees are planted daily by the printing industry, which is more than it cuts.
  • 2.4x more electricity is wasted by an average person on a single computer than the paper used in a year.
  • Poor waste management of SME print providers contributes to 6% to 38% of paper usage. (Konica Minolta)
  • 400,000 tons of waste can be reduced if printer cartridges are remanufactured. (TheFutureOfThings)


  • 83% of print orders in the US are made online. (PrintIsBig)
  • Sales of web offset equipment have dropped by nearly 50% in the last five years since 2014 and sheetfed offset by approximately 25%. (Konica Minolta)
  • Commercial printing industry sales are expected to grow up to 3% in 2018. (Pi World)
  • Commercial printers are expected to generate 31.8% of their revenue from non-printing avenues.
  • Commercial printing shipments revenue records $57.04 billion in 2015.  (ReviewChatter)
  • Offset printing made up 39.9% of total sales in 1999, while digital print contributed 37.5%. (Scholarworks)
  • Color works dominated 39% of sales while black-and-white chalks up 38.4% in 1999 (Scholarworks)
  • Single-color offset generated 14.5% of sales in 1999, while multi-color offset took up 20.3% of total sales. (Scholarworks)
  • Black and white digital copy made up 23.9% of sales in 1999. (Scholarworks)

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