Annual Economic Report: The Evolution of the European Graphic Industry


The Intergraf Annual Economic report ‘The Evolution of the European Graphic Industry’ provides statistical information for the European Union, as well as Norway and Switzerland.

It provides an overview of available data on the European graphic industry (turnover, number of employees and companies, production values, trade), as well as highlights about the economic development of sectors which are relevant to the printing industry (ink, paper, publishing, books, press, energy and postal markets). It shows historical developments and comparison between countries.

Official consolidated statistics made available by Eurostat are the main source of information. The report also features a contribution from Smithers Pira ‘European print market review’ which includes a 4-year forecast. Information on current trends in selected European countries is provided by Intergraf’s member federations.

The report is available free of charge exclusively for printing companies belonging to one of Intergraf’s member federations.

You can order the latest report by downloading the appropriate order form below and returning it completed to Laetitia Reynaud, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


*A printing company belonging to a national federation who is a member of Intergraf.

The latest available figures featured in the report indicate that the graphic industry in the 28 European countries comprises more than 113,000 companies and employs some 620,000 people. The turnover in the graphic industry is about 80 billion euros. The number of employees per company is low, with 95% of European graphic companies employing fewer than 20 employees.
Production costs and labour costs have increased in the past years and remain a challenge for the European graphic industry, as do imports of printed products from low-cost countries.
There are positive trends for the graphic industry in Europe with a stabilising turnover, a continuous positive trade balance and increasing signs of recovery in the book printing market.
This information and more is all featured in the Intergraf Economic Report, alongside a contribution from partner research institute Smithers Pira. Smithers Pira provides an overview of the market, including the development of print products, printing processes, printing equipment and European industry forecasts until 2022.