Book Printing Outlook: Trade, Higher Ed Better
Sean Twomey, executive vice president of market development, notes the company took a three-pronged approach toward the focus on publisher needs when it developed the Publishing Services Group. They are:
• Speed to market, with turnarounds in as little as 24 hours. Instant books have become popular, particularly when celebrities die.
• Digital solutions that complement the offset platform. Worldcolor has enhanced its Web-enabled interface to make it easier for publishers to manage inventory.
• A new e-publishing suite of services aimed at repurposing existing content. It recently announced a partnership with Mark Logic to create the Worldcolor Custom Publishing Engine. This allows publishers to repurpose existing content into new, targeted publications.
Heading into 2010, Clarke expects to see consolidation on the publisher end, which could represent more of an opportunity than a threat for Worldcolor. "There will be consolidation in all of our markets. We're seeing that now on the lower end," he says. "It will have downstream effects on other parts of our business.
"But we're positioned to take advantage when that happens."PI
Segment Sales Total Sales Rank Company (millions) (millions)
1 Worldcolor $482 $4,017 Montreal
2 Courier Corp. $280 $280 N. Chelmsford, MA
3 arvato AG $266 $321 New York
4 Taylor Publishing $113 $113 Dallas
5 Walsworth Publishing $98 $115 Marceline, MO
*Sales figures are based on above printers' self-reported total and market segment breakdowns.
RR Donnelley likely would have appeared on this list, but does not divulge a breakdown of its segment sales.