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The social dialogue committee for this sector was created in 2013.
It covers printing and related service activites, including:
The most prominent printing techniques are offset, gravure, screen or flexographic printing. More recently, printing companies have made a significant move towards integrating digital printing into their activities, opening their market to new features such as personalisation of print, or short run printing or "on demand" printing or web to print services.
In recent years printing companies have also enlarged their scope of activities to the integration of value added services, such as database management for clients and the production of e-documents or websites.
The sector is highly fragmented: more than 90% of the industrial structure is composed by SMEs employing less than 20 workers. Less than 1% of companies have more than 250 staff.
Evolutions impacting the industry include:
As a consequence, the sector faces significant overcapacity (estimated at 25-30%), a drop in prices and pressure to reduce production costs. Social partners expect (further) restructuring of the sector in order to preserve long-term sustainability, involving significant redundancies.
The committee is currently focusing on:
Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.
Last update: April 2014