Does Geographic Difference Matter When It Comes to Structural Change?

By Andrew Paparozzi
In January 13, 2010

In our previous post, “Does Establishment Size Matter When It Comes to Structural Change?” we showed that structural change can affect companies of any size. In this post we show that structural change can also affect companies in any region.

The chart below is taken from NAPL’s new Printing Industry Profile: Structural Changes Increasingly Evident Within Industry Demographics.
It shows that from 1998 to 2008, when the number of printing establishments
 declined by 20.8% nationally, regional declines ranged from 16.5% in the Southeast to 27.6% in New England. The average regional decline: 21.3%. Such a uniform decline is a clear indication that structural change is universal.

But that should be of no surprise to anyone who has followed NAPL publications and reports, for as NAPL has long advised, “Structural change has redefined competition from essentially the printer across town to the printer across the country, across the ocean, the non-printer who is providing an electronic alternative to print, and even clients who are bringing production in-house.” In short, no one—regardless of size or location—is exempt from structural change.

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Andrew Paparozzi

Epicomm's Andrew Paparozzi, Vice President/Chief Economist, is well-known for his accurate and thoughtful discussions on the economy and US commercial printing industry. A foremost author and speaker on economic business trends in the printing industry, Paparozzi heads Epicomm's Printing Economic Research Center.

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