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May 31, 2001 12:00 AM
According to "Print Market Atlas: the Complete Reference Guide
to Current Market Trends," industry shipments reached $163 billion
in 2000 and employment in the field topped 1.2 million. The number
of U.S. printing plants declined from more than 49,400 in 1999 to
47,667 in 2000.
"These numbers are a continuation of the trend of growing
shipments and employment as the industry restructures to fewer and
larger plants," says Dr. Ron Davis, Printing Industries of
America’s (Alexandria, VA) chief economist. The printing
industry is transitioning from an industry that was growing faster
than the overall economy to one that has matured. The industry
continues at a healthy pace, but somewhat slower than the overall
economy. Generally the plants that are closing are smaller plants
with fewer than 10 employees."
PIA’s "Print Market Atlas" includes market trends, reports
on industry shipments, plants and employment for all 50 U.S. states
and more than 3,000 metropolitan areas. Industry data is broken out
by 17 market segments. For more information, see