Printing Impressions has teamed up with Semper International to execute Semper’s quarterly survey on printing industry insights.
This week Julie Greenbaum highlights industry news, including Printing Impressions coverage from Canon Solutions America's East Coast Inkjet Insider Summit in Hartford, CT, that featured a tour of Data-Mail’s full-service direct mail printing and lettershop facility. Other major announcements this week came from Presstek, 4over Inc., Printing Industries of New England (PINE), U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), RR Donnelley, HP, Kodak, Alliance Franchise Brands, Semper International, Wilen Direct, TPC Printing and Packaging and KBA, Hadley Printing and Komori.
Rick Littrell has been hired as the new vice president of Direct Hires, TechCreative at Semper International.
David Regan is president of Semper International, a Boston-based job placement firm that specializes in the graphic arts industry. He discusses the latest, highly positive state of the industry based on Semper’s quarterly Industry Insights survey, as well as the current job market for skilled and temporary labor in the printing industry. Regan notes how hard it is for employers to fill various skilled positions within various regions of the United States.
This week Julie Greenbaum highlights major industry newsmakers, including Pictorial Offset, RR Donnelley, Sterling Publishing, EFI, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, The Harman Press, Semper International, Canon Solutions America, Inca Digital Printers and Imperial Communications.
The current survey from Semper International reports the third straight quarter of profits for more than 80 percent of respondents. This reveals continued growth and optimism in the print and graphics industry. Since February 2003, Semper International has provided a quarterly survey offering estimates of trends in the printing and graphics industries.
Several straight quarters of positive signals have finally blossomed, and Semper’s First Quarter data reveals that the industry is back in bloom. Coming into 2015, its company respondents reported record-setting profitability of 85 percent and sustained sales growth for five straight quarters. In addition, one-third of firms reported new sales growth in the first two weeks of 2015.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Semper International, a placement firm for skilled help in the graphic arts and printing industry, reported stunning improvements amid some market unrest. As the report stated, "In the 12 years we have been conducting our survey, we have never before seen ZERO respondents reducing staff."
Semper International, in a recent survey, found evidence of a revitalized printing marketplace, with a true business surge in nearly every category it measured in the third quarter—including the highest percentage of companies reporting profit in years.
BOSTON—The latest survey by Semper International, a placement firm for skilled help in the graphic arts industry, indicates a large percentage of printers experienced profits and positive revenue growth in spite of the impact of bad weather and continued economic malaise.