Custom Screen Printing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Competition from internet publishing and DIY screen printing is anticipated to become even more fierce over the next five years, limiting revenue growth for custom screen printers. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Custom Screen Printing industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Revenue will grow as consumer and business incomes rise, but strong competition remains

The Custom Screen Printing industry endured a brutal recessionary dive, with industry revenue plummeting 12.4% in 2009 as demand dried up. Businesses and consumers experienced severe drops in income during the recession; as a result, demand for discretionary purchases, including custom screen printing, dipped. “As consumer incomes and corporate profit have grown consistently since then, though, demand for industry services has returned,” says IBISWorld industry analyst Dale Schmidt. Furthermore, overall economic growth will support an expected 4.0% revenue increase in 2013. Still, the turmoil experienced in the early part of the past five-year period is expected to yield an overall average decrease of 0.7% annually to $2.1 billion.

The proliferation of the internet across America has had a mixed effect on the Custom Screen Printing industry. On one hand, it has lowered barriers to entry into the industry because operators no longer need retail space to advertise and sell their wares. As a result, the number of industry firms is expected to increase an average 0.9% annually in the five years to 2013. However, the internet has also led to greater competition as more and more potential customers look to internet publishing over traditional printing. “The internet has also strengthened the do-it-yourself screen printing movement,” adds Schmidt. “Screen printing equipment and supplies are cheap and widely available online.” Additionally, aspiring screen printers have a wealth of how-to guides and instructional videos to teach them the trade. This increased competition has dragged the average profit margin down.

Due to the highly competitive nature of the industry and because most firms are small regional operators, it is difficult for players to capture significant market share. With apparel printing, there are websites that instruct consumers on how to screen print their own apparel, thereby making the services of industry operators less essential. Furthermore, industry products such as calendars, yearbooks, periodicals and invitations are becoming increasingly digitized, making it more difficult for industry operators to increase revenue. Therefore, the industry is estimated to have a low market share concentration.

Competition is anticipated to become even more fierce over the next five years, limiting revenue growth. Industry revenue will grow as consumer and business incomes continue to rise; however, these gains will taper off over the next five-year period, due in part to slowing corporate profit growth. Corporate profit rebounded strongly from the recession, growing at an annualized rate of 9.6% in the past five years. But this growth will slow in the five years to 2018. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Custom Screen Printing in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Operators in the industry engage in screen printing without publishing on a job-order basis. Printing services include, but are not limited to, stationary, invitations, labels and apparel such as T-shirts, caps, jackets and towels.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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