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The number of companies in the packaging industry is declining. The number of employees, on the other hand, has increased since 2015. This is based primarily on the development of companies with 100 to 499 employees. Compared to 2019, the sales values achieved for the products of the packaging industry increased for the most part in 2020 and 2021. This [...]

The past has shown it time and again. Veritable industry crises are not only catastrophes for the printing industry, but also always spurs for extraordinary innovations. When the internet presumed to substitute digital solutions for everything printed, printers invented online printers. In less than 20 years, this species of company has managed to generate 15 per cent of industry sales [...]

Myth of Riga

For some time now, Latvia, and Riga in particular, has been repeatedly cited as an explanation when it comes to publishers demanding lower and lower prices for the production of their books or printers losing lucrative orders. Apenberg & Partner has taken up this issue and undertaken research on Latvian book production and its export, as well as German book [...]

The fact that everything will be different in 2020 is also reflected in the results of this year's Print Business Autumn Forecast: although a negative market development is expected by the majority, the expectations of the printing industry for 2021 are slightly more optimistic than a year ago. But while in 2019 it was the small printers who were particularly pessimistic about the future, in Corona Year No. 1 it is the large printing companies who rule out a recovery in the market.

The year 2019 is drawing to a close and thus many players in the print industry are asking themselves what went well this year and what they should do differently in the future. Apenberg & Partner has a suggestion: take a closer look at your sales. That’s because in recent years we are ever more frequently encountering printing company owners [...]

Digitalisation and connecting people, machines and processes continues to progress. Digitalisation also sets the pace in human resources – in continuing education, payroll or recruiting. But human labour is not being replaced per se, but an autonomous virtual process is being added. After all, digitalisation brings new tools for teamwork and personnel management which are already speeding up many processes [...]

The first part of our services on “Instruments of strategic future planning” addressed market analysis and reports that from experience, companies in general and particularly printers are better informed about their own organisation than about their market setting. Unfortunately this rarely means that these companies have adequate or even optimal knowledge of their own organisation. Yet this knowledge is also vital for the competitiveness, thus the future viability, of all printers, regardless of whether they make their money with web offset, sheetfed offset, digital printing or any combination of the three.
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