PIA's Center for Print Economics and Management expects the economy to continue growing at a modest pace over the course of 2019, although the risk of recession has increased as we enter the 10th year of the economic recovery. It forecasts that it will be yet another favorable year for print and printers, with total print revenues increasing around 1-2% and printers' profits holding at their historic levels. Print will continue to evolve as a media and printers will continue to transition with a diverse mix of processes, products, and ancillary services for their customers.
Print will face a wide variety of legislative and regulatory challenges in 2019. “Go paperless” initiatives are gaining momentum despite continued industry efforts to stymie their development. Costs increases related to healthcare coverage, material goods, and other operational expenses remain at the forefront of trade policy and legislative talks on Capitol Hill.
A free copy of the report may be obtained at www.printing.org/stateoftheindustry.