Screen Printing Establishments – 2010–2017 – WhatTheyThink


According to the latest edition of County Business Patterns, in 2017 there were 5,187 establishments in NAICS 323113 (business screen printing). This represents an increase of +16% since the beginning of the decade.

Right now, when we are bombarded with bad economic data (i.e. first jobless claims) and anticipating dire industry data, this week we feature the data equivalent of puppy photos: a segment of the industry showing a growing number of print shops.

According to the latest edition of County Business Models, in 2017, there were 5,187 establishments in NAICS 323113 (commercial screen printing). This represents an increase of +16% since the early 2010s. The growth of screen printing establishments has been consistent year over year, which is almost the exact opposite of general commercial printing, where establishments have steadily declined .

This is thanks to the rise of specialty printing. Screen printing is commonly used to print on textiles (t-shirts being the iconic example), and these kinds of items have really started to take off in the last decade. Add to this the rise of short-term and digital technologies that can supplement the screen, and as the demand for specialty items has increased, establishments have expanded to take advantage of this printing application area. hot. It’s very common to find hybrid screenprint/digital shops, and even hybrid screenprint/digital workflows for the same products, much like the “digital printing on offset shells” approach that was once very popular (and still exists in a large extent) among commercial printers. And let’s not forget the growth of industrial printing, in which screen printing and pad printing also play a very important role.

In 2018, we began highlighting data from our commercial printing establishments, which complements and supplements our regular tracking of printing industry shipments and other industry data. These figures are based on data from the Census Bureau’s County Business Models. Throughout this year, we will update these data series with the latest CCP The figures. County Business Models also includes other data, such as number of employees, payroll, etc. These figures are broken down by classification of commercial printing companies (based on NAICS, the North American Industry Classification System):

  • 323 (Printing and related support activities)
  • 32311 (Printing)
  • 323111 (Commercial printing, except screen and books)
  • 323113 (Commercial silkscreen)
  • 323117 (Printing of books)
  • 32312 (Print support activities, i.e. prepress and postpress services)

This data and overall year-over-year trends, like other demographic data, can be used not only for business planning and forecasting, but also for allocating sales and marketing resources.

Every two weeks, we’ll break down this settlement data in different ways. Over time we will add additional data from County Business Modelssuch as number of employees, payroll and similar information for additional business classification relevant to the graphic communications industry.


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