The two largest publication/commercial printers report declines to start 2015.
David Savastano, Editor08.10.15
The continuing decline of the publication and commercial printing markets is well known, especially to its suppliers in the ink industry. One sign of this struggle can be found in the consolidation within the printing industry, which has left two multi-billion dollar companies in R.R. Donnelley and Sons (2014 sales of $11.6 billion) and Quad/Graphics (2014 sales of $4.9 billion).
These companies have acquired large competitors over the years (R.R. Donnelly taking over Consolidated Graphics, Quad buying World Color, to name but two), and even briefly tussled over Courier Corporation, a leading book printer, before R.R. Donnelley finally purchased the company earlier this year. Both companies have looked to other markets and services to add to their offerings.
To get a read on the publication and commercial markets, a look at the two companies’ reports offers a pretty clear perspective.
R.R. Donnelley reported net sales in 2Q of 2015 of $2.7 billion. That
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