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May 31, 2001 12:00 AM

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According to "Print Market Atlas: the Complete Reference Guide to Current Market Trends," industry shipments reached $163 billion in 2000 and employment in the field topped 1.2 million. The number of U.S. printing plants declined from more than 49,400 in 1999 to 47,667 in 2000.

"These numbers are a continuation of the trend of growing shipments and employment as the industry restructures to fewer and larger plants," says Dr. Ron Davis, Printing Industries of America’s (Alexandria, VA) chief economist. The printing industry is transitioning from an industry that was growing faster than the overall economy to one that has matured. The industry continues at a healthy pace, but somewhat slower than the overall economy. Generally the plants that are closing are smaller plants with fewer than 10 employees."

PIA’s "Print Market Atlas" includes market trends, reports on industry shipments, plants and employment for all 50 U.S. states and more than 3,000 metropolitan areas. Industry data is broken out by 17 market segments. For more information, see