Printing and Publishing Industry Segments in Both Australia and NZ are Down by 14-20% for Q1


If the dynamics of shipping are changing, this is minor compared to paper distribution, which after three decades of often forgiving bullish market conditions, fine paper distribution is turning a full circle back to mid seventies volumes. The viable numbers of key players surviving against direct imports to the larger printing groups will be dictating prices and terms. No doubt the local producers, some under new ownership will be forced to follow, which will necessitate some forward thinking for those distributors who can adapt.

The business model has been slowly changing for some years before accelerating in 2011 back to the essential and viable profit margins which must come into effect next financial year. The dumbing down of industry segments will take considerable time to reverse and this must start from the top where the blinkers are still on and the excuses can no longer be forgiven.