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Thai printers press on despite digital challenge
The Thai Printing Association forecasts the printing industry will grow by only 2-3% in 2019 despite a government stimulus package offering personal tax reductions for purchases of new books and e-books this year. The industry benefited from campaign activities in the run-up to the general election on March 24. Pongthira Pathanapiradej, the association's president, said the industry normally generates 120 billion baht annually. Thailand's printing industry includes several segments such as billboards, vinyl boards, newspapers and books. "The sector trend has some room to expand as the printing industry remains a crucial need of consumers," said Mr Pongthira. The book sector will enjoy tax perks, capped at 15,000 baht. "With this measure, many publishers and bookstores are expected to gain sales nationwide, compared with the past when there were no measures to stimulate the reading market," he said. "Thailand's paper consumption stands at roughly 70 kilogrammes per year per head, so the association expects further growth amid the penetration of digital prints and e-books." He said although technology has disrupted the printing industry, the association is still very optimistic about demand from readers of novels and those who prefer the feel of paper-based books. Thailand has 5,845 publishing and printing companies, 70% of which are small firms, while 20% are mid-sized and 10% are large companies. Meanwhile, Mr Pongthira forecasts the printing on package industry to surge 10-20% in 2019 as packaging demand from the e-commerce and food and beverage sectors are driving local consumption. "The printing on package industry is worth about 180 billion baht annually," he said. Manit Kamolsuwan, president of the Thai Packaging Association, said the domestic packaging industry has the potential to expand in line with the trend of online shipping and e-commerce transactions. "The paper packages segment has gained from this consumer lifestyle trend," said Mr Manit. In 2018, the volume of paper packages reached 61.4 billion pieces. The association expects this to grow to 71.3 billion pieces in 2019, driven by business-to-customer shipment flows in e-commerce. He said plastic packaging products will be replaced by paper ones because of consumers' growing environmental awareness. Beattrice Ho, project director of Messe Dusseldorf Asia, said Asia-Pacific is the largest print packaging market, accounting for over 42% of the global market. "This region is expected to become the second fastest growing region by 2020," she said.   Source:
Printing companies merge to survive
Six printing firms have announced that they are seeking to merge their operations to form a new bigger company to survive difficult market conditions in their industry. The boards of directors of Colourprint Limited, Digital Hub Limited, Kul Graphics Limited, Printfast (K) Limited, The Print Exchange Limited, and The Rodwell Press Limited announced that they will combine forces once they receive regulatory approvals. “Subject to applicable regulatory approvals being received and other conditions being met, the transaction is expected to complete by the end of June 2019, paving way for the phased transfer of the companies’ commercial printing operations to the newly merged entity (ies),” said the six firms in a joint statement. “During this transition phase, the companies will continue to operate independently and there will be no disruption to the delivery of goods and services.” The companies cited difficult market conditions for the merger decision including competition and increased digitisation. The firms print brochures, magazines, annual reports, branding and packaging materials among others. Some customers have stopped or reduced orders of physical print of their communication and marketing materials. “The printing industry in Kenya has been facing considerable difficulties due to an extremely competitive landscape and a rapidly changing marketplace that is increasingly price sensitive and demands continual technological innovation,” they said. “This has resulted in significant operational and financial challenges for all players in the industry. The Boards and shareholders of the Companies have therefore decided, subject to regulatory approvals, to join forces in order to ensure their viability and be better placed to respond to the demands of the current business environment.” The statement was signed by the six directors of the firms including Amardeep Vidyarthi (Colourprint Ltd), Mehul Devani (Digital Hub Ltd) Kavit Bhakoo (Kul Graphics Ltd), Ajay K. Shah (Printfast (K) Ltd, Sachen Gudka (The Print Exchange Ltd), Bharat Shah (The Rodwell Press Ltd). They said the merged giant firm will offer a “full-range of off-set, digital, and large format print, packaging and finishing services, as well as promotional branding products and services.”   Source :
Ukrainian publishers search for opportunities in libraries
The development of the market is not limited to the growth of the Ukrainian products produced by individual market participants. This trend has been observed since the end of 2014, when Ukrainians began mass boycotting Russian books, and enterprising publishers found the opportunity to use patriotic charge. But the qualitative change in the market, in particular, the differentiation of publishing strategies, a relatively new trend. So, with the exception of the companies "Vidavnitstvo starogo Leva" (VSL), "Club simeynogo dozvilla" (KSD) and "Our Format", which deal with several overlapping directions, the others chose combinations of several narrow niches like the classics of science fiction of the XX century or translations of Latin American bestsellers. The blocking of the import of books from the Russian Federation led to the structuring of the market and an increase in the number of new products. Recall that from January 1, 2017, amendments to the laws on restricting access to the Ukrainian market of foreign printed products of anti-Ukrainian content came into effect. Despite the fact that the government approved in April the procedure for issuing (refusing extradition, revocation) permission to import books from the aggressor country, the commission, which should deal with licensing, did not work. As a result, Russian imports stood tight, but for Ukrainian publishers entire niches were stripped - from non-fiction and ending with the classics of fiction. Since it is unclear how long the blocking of Russian supplies will last (on the one hand, the abrogation of the law is active, but so far unsuccessfully lobbying for the "Opposition block", and on the other hand it can earn licensing), publishers' aspiration to occupy a niche as soon as possible, consolidate it and not It's natural to let competitors in there. However, it seems that the market participants took too zealously to share the liberated territory. Severe internal competition, when several publishers are traded for a license with the rightholder, led to a noticeable increase in the price of rights. "If earlier the cost of copyrights to the best-selling books of the average hand fluctuated at the level of $ 500-700, now it is already $ 1-1.5 thousand and more," says Igor Stepurin, the publisher. On the other hand, so many are bought up that against the background of the growth of retail prices and high competition with the innovations of colleagues, individual players may face "overstocking" rights - when the acquired rights can not be realized (licenses are issued for a period of time, often only one year), since they just will not pay off. According to Igor Stepurin, almost all publishers have raised prices by 10-15% since the beginning of the year. Simply put, the development of the printed industry did not entail the development of retail chains, not to mention independent book networks in the regions. Stores not only do not get bigger - their number melts. Some of them did not cope with the loss of customers due to the reduction, and then the complete stoppage of Russian imports. Others could not stand or hardly withstand the pressure of rental rates - the prices for areas with good traffic started to go up again. Domestic stores do not save from the closure even the location in the center of the capital and the arrival of stars like Garry Kasparov. "The queue for his autograph in the store on Khreshchatyk stood even on the street, but the playground was closed after all," recalls Igor Stepurin.   Source:  
South Africa is the largest exporter of the printing products / services to the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa
By contrast, South African suppliers completely dominate the Southern African region, with almost total supply into other Southern African Customs Union (SACU) countries and very strong market shares in those non-SACU countries that are contiguous to South Africa (Zimbabwe and Mozambique) or are heavily integrated into South Africa’s supply chain and logistics networks (Zambia, southern DR-Congo, Malawi and others) South Africa's printing sector plays a valuable role in the local economy, providing approximately 54,000 formal jobs and generating annual revenue of around R51bn towards the GDP. The majority of local printing companies are SMMEs employing fewer than 100 people but the sector is dominated by large companies, such as: Caxton & CTP Publishers and Printers Limited and Novus Holdings Limited, formerly Media24, are market leaders in the printing and finishing of magazines, books, catalogues and other commercial printing while Nampak, Mpact and AstraPak Limited dominate the print packaging market. Small printing companies in South Africa include companies such as: jetline, postnet, print on demand, and etc.  Steve Thobela, CEO of PrintingSA, believes that print informs, educates and entertains. Without packaging, labelling and advertising, it would be impossible to tell different brands and products apart. It is these – and consumers’ responses to them – that gives brands the value that they covert and supports the extensive advertising and marketing sector. Digitalisation may have commoditised print in South Africa, which can lead to price wars, but it has also expanded the capabilities of equipment so that printers can offer their customers a much broader range of products and services. Being able to do so makes them more relevant to customers who want a one-stop shop for more of their marketing and other print-related needs. Print sales are being forced to change as the opportunity to engage customers has shrunk. In the past you may have had 30 seconds to snare someone’s attention but today you have 10 seconds. It’s a general attribution of the trend to get everything quicker, for less, with immediate delivery and with more options. It has given rise to a host of innovations that more printers are offering their customers today, such as Web-to- print and just-in- time print, smaller orders and runs, exposed supply chains, and printers that gather customer data so it’s easier for them to conduct business with you, and solutions to maximise device busy times. Another emerging trend is that innovative software solutions have given printers the opportunity to harness the power of the Internet of Things (IoT). Print shops benefit from optimised equipment and more by providing anonymous usage data to the vendor. Printing service market in South Africa According to jetline there is a market within the print industry in South Africa because Advertising campaigns that contain both digital marketing and print marketing receive a 25% higher response rate than campaigns that only use digital marketing in their advertising efforts. Print just has certain qualities that the World Wide Web cannot provide. Below we look at 5 advantages of print marketing. The advantages of printing in South Africa Print is taken more seriously Being interviewed for a popular online magazine is awesome, but it’s definitely a bigger deal for that interview to be showcased in the printed version of the magazine. Print is tangible and offers a sense of “realness” that the web just can’t provide. Online articles get lost online, however, the printed article can be preserved, tangible, and probably framed in the study for all to see. Influencers are influenced by print It has been proven that influencers, the individuals who have the power to influence consumers, are themselves, influenced by print marketing. 61% of influencers are influenced by print magazines, specifically fashion, lifestyle, and business magazines. 53% are influenced by printed newspapers. Beauty and fashion magazines now attract 50% more young readers than in 2001. Print readers concentrate on the content When you are online, you are distracted by a variety of digital information. From social media updates and emails to funny memes and blog posts, the distractions (and open tabs) are seemingly endless. But when it comes to print marketing, readers are focused and stay focused. They don’t have any notifications or sponsored ads to steal their attention. It has been proven that 85% of the time a person is reading a print magazine, they are not multitasking. When it comes to print marketing, your audience consumes your campaigns key message, and most importantly, retains your brand message. Unplugging is all the rage these days Our world is digital and this can be exceptionally draining. Consistently staring at a computer screen and typing on a smart phone can become tiring quickly. This is why many people are choosing to unplug, even if it’s just for an hour a day, and it is print that keeps them company during this time. There is nothing quite like a cup of coffee and a magazine to wind down after a long day. Printing gets you a step ahead of your competitors All your competitors are marketing themselves online. So how do you stand out in such an over-saturated space? You go old school, you get innovative, you go print. Combining digital marketing and traditional marketing is a sure-fire way to excite the consumer. Marketers today are desperately in need of something ahead of the curve and print marketing is it! From personalised direct mail campaigns to brochures and booklets, you are sure to engage your target market – even directing them to your online platforms through this medium!   Sources:
380 firms participate in Vietnam Print Pack Foodtech 2018
The Vietnam International Printing, Packaging and Food Processing Industry Exhibition (Vietnam Print Pack Foodtech 2018) opened today, August 29, at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in HCMC’s District 7, with the participation of 380 enterprises from 11 countries and territories. According to the organizers, the exhibitors are showcasing the most advanced packaging and printing technologies and accessories at 500 booths. With double-digit growth, the local packaging and food-processing sector is considered attractive to global providers of equipment for the sector. The world’s leading brands, such as Rieckermann (Germany), ACE Machinery (South Korea), J&V Wonder Printing and Trung My A (Vietnam), Uchida Yoko Global (Japan) and Sansin (China), are participating in the expo. The Korea Packaging Trade Association introduces the latest printing and packaging technologies for various sectors. Meanwhile, HPM Global and South Korea-based Gasungpak are displaying flexible pouches and vacuum packaging technology, respectively, at the expo. Over the last three years, Vietnam has emerged as an attractive destination for global manufacturers, thanks to advantages in the investment market and human resources. Domestic manufacturers have also improved their productivity and invested in packing to enhance competitiveness. It is noteworthy that the demand for consumer goods, as well as for packaged food, beverages and pharmaceutical products, is increasing significantly, resulting in an increasing need for product packaging. Domestic analysts and foreign investors agree that Vietnam’s packaging sector will continue to report strong growth in the next several years, thanks to domestic consumption and exports. The exhibition, co-organized by Vietnam National Trade Fair & Advertising Company and Yorkers Trade & Marketing Service Co., Ltd, will conclude on September 1. The highlight of this year’s exhibition is a seminar by the Vietnam Printing Association to introduce 2D and 3D printing technologies and their applications in the printing industry in Vietnam.   Source: