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PIA Predicts Another Favorable Year for Print — Find out more in the 2019 State of the Industry Report

Each year Printing Industries of America releases its State of the Industry report, a detailed outlook for business leaders on current industry conditions from an economic, legislative, and regulatory perspective. Prepared by the Printing Industries of America’s in-house experts, the report consists of an overview from the Center for Print Economics and Management as well as Government Affairs and Advocacy. It includes a potential forecast of what to expect over the course of the year to come.


U.S. Specialty Chemicals Market Starts 4th Quarter On Healthy Note

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reported that U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes started the fourth quarter on a healthy note, rising 0.3 percent in October. This follows a 0.4 percent gain in September and a 0.6 percent rise in August. This marks an improvement from the average 0.1 percent gain in the second quarter but below the average 0.5 percent gain in the first quarter. In addition, the pace of change has moderated during the last three months. All changes in the data are reported on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. Performance chemistry reflects trends in manufacturing. Of the twenty-eight specialty chemical segments we monitor, seventeen expanded in October, down from nineteen in September. Eleven markets experienced decline. During October, large market volume gains (1.0 percent and over) occurred only in foundry chemicals, lubricant additives, and textile specialties.

Trade Books, Courseware Projected to Grow the Fastest in Schools

While approvals of state accountability plans under the Every Child Succeeds Act provide some stability in the U.S. school market in terms of policy and the direction of learning in the states, the federal push for open educational resources via the GoOpen initiative and the sheer variety of available instructional resources creates less predictability in terms what schools will demand in terms of textbooks, courseware and other instructional materials.


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