In a sense, a lot has happened in the year that is about to pass. From the ups and downs of Sino-US trade frictions to the tensions between Russia and Ukraine that have not yet been turned over; from the "retreat" of the United States to the "Brexit" of the United Kingdom; from the turmoil in the stock market to the slowdown of the IPO; The plunge, the explosion of P2P; from the flameout of the venture capital circle, to the layoffs of Internet companies; from the sales of Mobai, to the crisis of ofo; from the listing of many, to the tearing of Jia Yueting Evergrande...
In short, there are too many things in 2018 that seem to have nothing to do with the printing circle, but they cannot completely ignore them.
No matter which industry is in danger, the publishing industry feels that “torture” is a matter of particular concern. In recent years, despite the impact of the mobile Internet, book publishing has maintained a small upward trend, and the days are not as difficult as imagined. More importantly, the publishing industry is still an industry dominated by a small number of state-owned capital, and competition is far less fierce than the market-oriented printing circle.
In 2018, many people and many industries feel "difficult" and "tortured". What kind of back is left in the printing circle? At present, it seems to be somewhat vague: sometimes it is optimistic. Sometimes it makes people anxious; sometimes it is embarrassing, sometimes it is hard to push forward...
Anyway, this will be an unforgettable year: not the same 2018.
If you only look at the macro, in many ways, the 2018 print circle has enough optimistic reasons.
For example, the business performance of printing enterprises above designated size continues to improve. In 2018, the revenue and profit indicators of printing enterprises above designated size continued the warming trend of the previous year. The growth rate in the first ten months was 5.3% and 2.9% respectively, which was less than 2017, but significantly better than the same period in 2016. The only thing that is worrying is that the growth rate is high and then low, and it has declined.
For example, as the world's largest printing exhibition in 2018, the all-Indian exhibition in Shanghai in late October exceeded the expectations: the exhibition area reached 110,000 square meters, an increase of 34% over the previous session; the audience reached 100,900, compared with The previous session increased by 31%.
In the United States, Chicago, Japan IGAS, the British IPEX and other popular international printing exhibitions, or shrinking, or stop, the popularity of domestic printing exhibitions is particularly interesting: after all, the rhythm of a printing exhibition of more than 100,000 square meters per year, I am afraid that in any country, it is unprecedented.
More important than the area and the number of visitors, exhibitors feel that they are effective and can sell goods. More than one exhibitor expressed a similar feeling: Compared with two years ago, the printing companies in this exhibition showed a stronger investment willingness and investment ability. There were fewer people who hesitated to wait and see, and they bought more bosses.
There is more strong evidence for the recovery of investment willingness of printing companies. According to statistics, from January to October, the domestic import of printing equipment reached 1.823 billion US dollars, an increase of 16.8%. In addition to the decline in the import volume of prepress equipment, the import volume of printing presses, postpress equipment and auxiliary machinery parts increased significantly.
It is particularly noteworthy that in 10 months, the import volume of offset presses reached US$654 million, a year-on-year increase of 52.6%, which has exceeded the full-year level of the three years of 2015-2017.
Statistical data is also confirmed by a lively corporate investment case. Roughly in early September, many of the boss's circle of friends were screened by a wave of 40-500 million printers. Originally, in Shenzhen, Zhongshan, Shanghai, Guiyang and other places, there are a number of high-end and high-priced offset presses installed in place.
In the commercial printing circle, Komori reversed the previous market trend with a large-format press GL46 tailored specifically for the Chinese market. Sales in Greater China in the 2017/18 fiscal year (ending March 2018) skyrocketed. 78.75%.
It is said that the GL46, which is worth nearly a million dollars, has ordered 10 sets of co-productions and ordered 6 sets. As for one or two, two or three, it is very common. I want to get the machine earlier, but I have to be a little strong. The bosses said that if you buy a machine, you really don’t make money. Who will really play the game?