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It’s interesting that this version of the right size for a printing company is based on data that is prior to 2008. With the printing industries’ adoption of print aggregation models, the right size becomes highly dynamic and should be answered with “it depends”. It depends on how effectively a printing company can integrate print aggregation technology into their business model. Suffice to say, the right size has little to do with the number of employees and everything to do with the amount of sales revenue generated for the business.

The following is an excerpt from an article about the the optimum size for printing companies:

“It was started by George Alexander, a veteran print industry journalist, and because it’s so relevant to the industry segments served by A Printing Office, we’re quoting it in full here:

“A recent study by the German consulting company Pier 18 suggests that medium-sized printing companies (100-500 employees) are surviving the best in these difficult times. The report looked at the period between 2004 and 2008, a period when the number of German printing companies decreased by 10%. Most of the troubled companies were very large or very small. The only size group that increased was the 100-500 employee group. The report concludes that this is the best size for a printing company. (From: What’s the ideal size for a printing company?)

“On the other hand, Heidelberg’s second-in-command, Jürgen Rautert, thinks many medium-sized firms are doomed to disappear. He says: ‘There will be a structural change in the direction that the medium-sized printers will form a substantially smaller percentage of the industry in two or three year’s time. The big ones will grow and the small ones will maintain profitable niches, offering special services or servicing local business mostly. The medium-sized printers, I think, will either shrink or grow by consolidation. So this hourglass effect will happen: the industry will no longer be a pyramid – it will be an hourglass, more larger printers and smaller printers and the medium-sized printers will thin out.”

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The printing industry is in search of a new beginning. So goes the mantra as Print ’09 comes to its conclusion. The theme and focus has been on production efficiency, and who would argue with that. However, production efficiency is only one of several slices of the total cost reduction pie. Print aggregation portals address the whole pie. Print aggregation portals represent a sea change in the print industry business model.

Just as Priceline changed the travel industry and Lendingtree changed the loan industry, 2goTools, print aggregation portals is changing the printing industry today. Aggregation systems create efficiencies from the buying and ordering process end. The system accurately facilitates the best geographic locations to help cut down on shipping costs. And the system rewards the best production efficiencies by keeping those print vendors busy all the time. As more and more industries turn to the web to revolutionize their core processes, 2goTools is poised to solve the current print industry dilemma with a web-based solution.

The following is an excerpt from the article At Print 09, the Search for A New Beginning Is On

“Why the steely-eyed focus on production efficiency? One of the panelists explained that because print buyers are as relentlessly committed to “saving nickels” as printers ought to be to not wasting them, “operational excellence” is the only way to safeguard the profit margins that wily buyers will try to erode. “At the end of the day,” said another of the printers, “the lowest-cost producer wins”—and overcomes the cutthroat pricing that “desperate” competitors resort to when their own inefficiencies drive them to that type of behavior.

“Anyone who is not trying to drive cost out of the system is not going to survive,” another panelist said. If this is correct, and if Vince Lapinski’s view of the industry’s pace of technology adoption is also correct, there may not be all that many survivors. “Most facilities are not running anywhere near as efficient as the technology is capable of,” he said, adding that some of manroland’s customers are exceptions to that rule. Lapinski, CEO of manroland’s North American business, urged all printers to make the necessary investments in high-efficiency production, acknowledging that limited access to capital is making it difficult for many to do so.”

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Print ’09 is being described as “one big mash-up” – an interesting choice of terminology. By one definition “a web mash-up is a web page or application that integrates complementary elements from two or more sources.” And example would be mashing up auto traffic data with Google maps to visually represent in real time how long it might take to drive from one part of town to another.

Internet experts will sometimes refer to web portals as mash-up technologies. For example, with print aggregation portals, data from many print vendors and data from the customer’s printing project specifications are being mashed up in order to lower the cost of printing dramatically. Data aggregation, web portals and mash-ups are here to stay as each major industry continues to discover innovative ways to apply these technologies for improved efficiencies and performance.

The following is an excerpt from a Print ’09 article “Converting-tech “mash-up” at PRINT 09”

“Here’s a great collection of package-printing and converting-related technology tidbits from the PRINT 09 and Pack Print events. PRINT 09 continues, exhibitors are using the Chicago show as a platform for both live demonstrations, and to trigger an avalanche of news—delivered in person to attendees, and online to those back at the plant. The show is thus become one big “mash-up”—an online term for a site that gathers information from all over the place.”

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What’s the buzzword for the Print ’09 show in Chicago? Differentiation.

Of course, differentiation comes in many forms, e.g. larger formats, magazine quality production, hybrid presses and the like. But the most dynamic differentiation is coming from a revolution in the printing business model itself in the form of “print aggregation portals” as introduced by 2goTools.

The following is an excerpt from a Print ’09 article:

“The big buzzword for commercial printers at Print ’09 was “differentiation.” Stand out from competitors by offering larger formats (printing images of 43 inches or more) or foiling or embossing. For newspapers the pitch was, step up your quality to commercial printing levels.

All the big printing press makers were showing UV or heatset color for magazine-quality production on newsprint. The idea is not only to improve the quality of the newspaper, but to diversify into other products.

At KBA’s booth, for instance, Ulrich Wicke, vice president of sales and service for the web press division, was showing off a thick Avon catalog with impressive color quality. “The woman looking at this would never guess that this came off the same press that printed her newspaper,” he said.

AVT/GMI — the newly merged company that combines AVT’s commercial printing-oriented inspection and quality monitoring with the GMI color and press controls more familiar to newspapers — expects that newspapers will adopt more commercial practices as it takes on new work, Advanced Vision Technologies Inc. President Gal Shamri said Monday.

“As newspapers with hybrid presses take on more semi-commercial and even commercial work, color quality becomes a major factor,” he said. Newspapers will also need to become more efficient as they adjust to the reality of commercial print jobs these days: short runs, a necessity to cut make-ready times, and cost pressures.”

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Oscar Garcia provides an overview for 2GoTools, Print Aggregation Portals.

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It’s no secret that the printing industry is hurting economically and looking for new ways to add revenue for their businesses. One way is to expand their services by adding “marketing services” which in part means actually creating graphic design. It also means integrating the traditional print world with the online world, particularly through the use of social media. Of course the hottest story in the print industry is print aggregation software and its promise to revolutionize the industry in 2010.

The following is an excerpt from the press release:

“The Graphic Art Show Company (GASC) is launching an educational theater to “Reinvent Print.”
The theater will feature an impressive line up of more than a dozen industry experts who will speak on various hot topics in the industry. “We are excited about working with Adobe to provide an innovative approach to help the print industry understand the enormous opportunity to expand and adopt new technologies to help them connect with customers,” states Chris Price, Vice President of GASC. The theater, in booth 6129 at Print 09, is the launch of a campaign entitled “Reinvent:Print.”

The free 30-minute educational sessions run throughout the show and begin each day at 10:30 am. The topics focus on the trends driving the industry including Social Media Marketing, Using Technology to Connect with Creatives, Direct Mail Innovation, Softproofing for the Future of Print, Building Your Business Through Stylish Email, Technologies Transforming Print Today, Powering the Next Generation of PDF Workflows, and much more. The show begins with a presentation by David Dodd of Point Balance, entitled “Why Marketing Services?” David comments, “This session will discuss the competitive forces that are driving a growing number of printing companies to expand into marketing services. We’ll talk about what it means to be a marketing services provider and what it takes to make a successful transition from printer to Marketing Services Provider.”

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After 5 downward quarters, The Printing Industry in Australia is reporting modest gains for the June 2009 quarter. This provides further evidence that the global demand for print has seen its bottom and has already begun a new growth cycle going forward into 2010.

The follow is an excerpt from an article with more information on this story:

“The June quarter (2009) result represents the first positive quarter of growth for the printing industry in five quarters, with printing one of only two manufacturing industries that reported positive growth during the quarter, the other being the food, beverage and tobacco industry.

The ABS also released capital expenditure figures which revealed a 9.6 per cent increase in the printing industry in the June quarter, representing a 44.1 per cent increase compared to the same quarter last year.

After reaching a low point last September, new capital expenditure has now increased for three consecutive quarters, with Printing Industries citing the federal government’s investment tax break and this year’s PacPrint event as contributing factors.

The industry also recorded a 0.2 per cent rise in sales during the June quarter after a particularly difficult quarter in March. Total industry sales during the year to June amounted to $20.9 billion, a 4.6 per cent deterioration on the previous year’s outcome.”

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