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Japan's Printing Market Faces A Cold Winter
Dec 03, 2018

Yano economic research institute released a survey report on the general printing market in Japan.The report from the sales, profit margins and other aspects of the Japanese printing field of various market segments combing and analysis, and forecast its future trend.In addition, Japan print news also collects and integrates the data of various trade associations in Japan and analyzes the printing ink market in Japan.It reported that in recent years, the Japanese printing ink market has undergone significant changes, paper media printing ink market continued to downturn, lithography packaging and resin concave convex printing ink market is becoming stronger.

Market size continues to shrink profit margins to maintain low growth ordinary printing market downturn in the development

The "general printing market" referred to in the survey report of yano economic research institute of Japan refers to four printing fields including publishing printing, commercial printing, securities/card printing and business form printing, among which business form printing includes DPS(digital printing service) and BPO(business process outsourcing printing).In terms of turnover, in addition to the statistics of printing and processing data, related service sales, such as Web services and additional services, are also included.

Survey report shows, Japanese printing industry market scale shrinks continuously in recent years.In fiscal year 2016 (April 1, 2016 -- March 31, 2017), Japan's general printing market size and operator sales are about 3.53 trillion yen, which is 1.1% lower than the previous fiscal year.In fiscal year 2017 (April 1, 2017 -- March 31, 2018), the size of Japan's general printing market is about 3.49 trillion yen, another 1.1% year-on-year decline.According to the report, the main reason is the impact of the depression in the publishing market. The sharp decrease in the field of publishing and printing and large BPO projects, as well as the decrease in DPS, are also important reasons.

In terms of profit margins, the report shows that the after-tax profit margins of Japanese printing companies above the size of the whole year of 2017 remain at a low growth level.According to the data of the top 1,500 printing companies (including those related to the performance of non-printing businesses) in terms of sales volume, the after-tax profit margin (average) of the first 12 months of 2017 was higher than that of the previous year, except that the profit margin of the two major printing companies (relief printing company and big Japanese printing company) was lower than that of the previous year.

While maintaining the upward trend of profit margins, the profit margins of enterprises above the scale (except the two major printing companies with sales of more than 10 billion yen) all showed a low growth rate of 1%, indicating that the profitability of the industry has been reduced.What measures should be taken to improve the profitability of printing enterprises in the future is a problem that printing enterprises must face and solve.

As for the development trend of fiscal year 2018 (April 1, 2018 -- March 31, 2019), the survey report said that the demand of Japanese publishing and printing industry as well as DPS would continue to decrease, but the decrease of DPS would slow down.On the other hand, it is expected that the demand for common printing market will be further expanded in the fields of securities correlation and card printing.In addition, the relatively stable performance of the commercial printing market in recent years will continue to maintain a stable development in the future.Overall, the size of Japan's general printing market is expected to reach 3.468 trillion yen in fiscal year 2018, down 0.7% from the previous fiscal year. The decrease rate continues to decrease and the development trend is toward stability.

Paper printing with the market downturn lithography packaging with the market strong printing ink market ups and downs

Compared with the Japanese general printing market, the Japanese printing ink market is experiencing a significant turbulence.Japan's lithographic ink production and market availability have fallen to 1992 and 1993 levels, and shipments have fallen to levels last seen in the mid-1980s, the Japan print news reported.Gravure printing ink and resin letterpress printing ink and other food, daily necessities related packaging ink market demand is relatively strong.However, the paper media printing demand is further depressed, lithographic ink market is continuing to "winter" trend.

Statistics from Japan printing ink industry association show that in 2017, Japan's printing ink output totaled 3419,000 tons, 4,966 tons less than the previous year.Shipments were 397,700 tons, 19,900 tons less than the same period last year.Shipments totaled 295.854 billion yen, down 4.699 billion yen from a year earlier, with all indicators showing a downward trend.

However, from the perspective of segmentation, there are different data manifestations.Lithographic ink output of 109,900 tons, 6578 tons less than the previous year;Shipments were 115,600 tons, down 12,600 tons from a year earlier.Shipments were 72.88 billion yen, down 8.898 billion yen from a year earlier.Resin letterpress ink output 219,000 tons, 78 tons less than the previous year;Shipments were 23,100 tons, up 495 tons from a year earlier.Shipments were 17.57 billion yen, up 307 million yen from a year earlier.The output of metallic printing ink was 11,200 tons, 189 tons less than the same period last year.Shipments were 13,300 tons, 214 tons less than the same period last year.Shipments were 12.448 billion yen, up 354 million yen from a year earlier.Intaglio printing ink production 126,300 tons, an increase of 1603 tons;Shipments were 156,200 tons, down 3,881 tons from a year earlier.Shipments were 83.683 billion yen, down 2.375 billion yen from a year earlier.

The output of newspaper ink was 39,700 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 3,164 tons.Shipments were 40,100 tons, 4,961 tons less than the same period last year.Shipments were 20.917 billion yen, down 3.91 billion yen from a year earlier.Newspaper ink output has declined for seven consecutive years, and shipments and shipments have been lower than the level of the previous year for four consecutive years, reflecting the further downturn in Japanese print demand for paper media.

Other ink output 41,700 tons, year-on-year growth of 3209 tons;Shipments were 42,200 tons, up 2,138 tons year on year.Shipments totaled 88.428 billion yen, up 8.911 billion yen from a year earlier.It is worth mentioning that the field shipments of more than 80 billion yen, but also more than lithographic ink and gravure photo ink shipments.It is said that in recent years UV ink to the field of growth contribution.

Specific from the September 2017 summary of UV ink supply and demand performance, the production of 15,200 tons in that year, an increase of 7% year on year;Shipments were 15,200 tons, up 6% from a year earlier.Shipments totaled 29.07 billion yen, up 4% from a year earlier.Among them, offset UV ink output of 10,100 tons, accounting for 66%, a year-on-year growth of 13%;Shipments were 10,100 tons, up 13% from a year earlier.Shipments totaled 18.754 billion yen, up 12% from a year earlier.

In addition, according to the survey report on the import and export of printing ink issued by Japan printing ink industry association in October 2017, the export of printing ink has been greatly reduced.Exports last year totaled 8,770 tons, down 13% from the previous year.Exports fell 10 per cent year-on-year to y11.411bn.

Lithographic printing ink exports of 3,114 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 4%;Exports fell 7 per cent year-on-year to y2.014bn.Offset printing ink export of web paper 609 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 39%;Exports fell 44 per cent year-on-year to y239m.Other ink exports of 5046 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 13%;Exports were 9.157 billion yen, down 9 percent from a year earlier.

According to regional statistics, exports to Asia totaled 5,706 tons, down 14 percent year-on-year.Exports were 8.183 billion yen, down 4 percent from a year earlier.Imports totaled 887 tons, up 8% from a year earlier.Imports totaled 521 million yen, up 14 percent from a year earlier.

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