Mergers in the publishing printing side have slowed, but changes in the packaging segment are on the rise
David Savastano, Editor06.05.14
The printing industry is constantly changing as mergers and acquisitions reshape the field. For ink manufacturers, these changes are critical, as customers grow larger or leave the business completely.
The most dramatic changes have come on the publishing sides, with hundred million dollar companies frequently being acquired by larger competitors. That makes some sense, as their customer base is shrinking, and larger printers hope that economy of scale will make a difference in the bottom line. Publication printers can also look into new, more promising markets.
In contrast, the packaging side of the printing business is doing well. It stands to reason that companies will look to increase profits and move into new product or geographic markets in that segment by acquiring competitors.
As we near the end of the first half or 2014, there have been quite a few acquisitions in the printing field, of which I will highlight examples of each of these.
• Publication Printing Acquisiti
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