Despite the Internet’s popularity and the prevalence of eReading devices, printed books, magazines, and newspapers continue to be a preference for readers. In 2015 alone, 80% of the books sold were printed rather than eBook versions.
For people that enjoy reading articles, 59% have reported that they prefer printed to online reading. Most households, approximately 80%, actually do read or browse through the advertising mail that they receive.
Currently, the printing business is one of the largest industries throughout the world. It is larger than auto-manufacturing, and eight-times the size of the video game industry. Ironically, there continue to be “no-print” campaigns.
During the months of July and August 2015, for example, revenue from commercial printing shipments in the United States increased by over $2.2 billion. This was more than 2014 and the years prior, when these printing services brought in approximately $57 billion in revenue.
Furthermore, from approximately October 2015 through March 2016, revenue from commercial printing shipments was over $7 billion a month. This further demonstrates that the commercial printing industry continues to thrive.
When beginning or expanding a printing business, there are several different types of machinery that are needed. Depending on the types of binding that clients may request, these machines include the following types:
- Automatic coil binding machine
- Automatic paper punching machine
- Perfect binding machine
- Wire binding machine
The type of binding provided by an automatic coil binding machine is particularly popular. This type of binding enables books, manuals, reports, and other printed material, to be laid flat when opened. This style of binding is also popular for college and other types of workbooks.
It’s interesting to note that there are over nine trillion tons of paper used in the United States on an annual basis. Most of these printed pages, approximately 8.5 trillion, are letter-sized pages printed on one side.
To further illustrate the continued power of print, the Printing Industries of America has challenged a number of “no-print” campaigns. In addition to having an online presence, they also utilize printed materials within their business operations. Their “goal is to enhance the core message that printing is vital and a sustainable form of communication and is a supplement to electronic material.” For more information see this. References.