Subject: PIA Update: June 27

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Join Printing Industries of America to voice your opposition to tariffs (a.k.a. new taxes) on uncoated groundwood paper today! Sign our petition to let the International Trade Commission know that trade law should not be used to harm the domestic print and publishing industry (employing over 600,000 workers) just to satisfy the request of one single paper producer looking to protect its bottom line. The unintended consequences of this tariff on the thousands of newspapers, advertising inserts, books, and the companies and workers who manufacture these products must not be ignored.

Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers (STOPP) by signing our petition today and please share this petition with employees, customers, and other stakeholders!

Dynamic Ratios Show Printing Industry Profits Increased Last Year

The 2017 Printing Industries of America Dynamic Ratios survey results are in, and the findings indicate a modest rise in printing industry profitability. On average, the typical printing firm’s profit as a percent of sales increased from 2.66 percent the previous year to 2.92 percent. In contrast, industry profit leaders—printers in the top 25 percent of profitability—saw their profit rates on sales dip to 8.8 percent. Profit challengers—printers in the lower 75 percent of profitability—experienced profit gains.

Over the entire period from 2005 to 2015, printers participating in the Ratios averaged around 2 percent profit on sales. Of course, the Great Recession pulled the average down significantly, but since the recovery the average has bounced back to longer-term trends. Profit challengers (printers in the bottom 75 percent of profitability) actually lost money in the recession-impacted years from 2007-2012. However, their profit rate of .7 percent this past year was the highest ever over the last 13 years.

Printing Industries of America’s Dynamic Ratios program is the premier financial benchmarking system for the printing industry. For over 90 years, printers and industry suppliers have used the Dynamic Ratios to track industry financial performance and to benchmark their operations. The full series of Dynamic Ratios volumes covering various industry market sectors and processes are now available in the Printing Industries of America bookstore.

Currently, the Dynamic Ratios are being redesigned. We anticipate launching a new program next year that will simplify the data gathering process, making it easier to participate in as survey respondents focus on key performance metrics and significant metrics, plus provide more report options.

An in-depth look at the 2017 Dynamic Ratios findings can be found in the most recent Flash ReportFor more information about Dynamic Ratios please contact Dr. Ron Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at 434-591-0527 or

2018 Premier Print Award Winners Announced

For several months, the offices here at Printing Industries of America (PIA) have been overflowing with pieces from the Premier Print Awards—over 2,000 entries submitted to categories like Posters and Cards, School Yearbooks and Novelty Books, Product Catalogs and Popular Culture Magazines, even Point-of-Purchase Materials. The amount of talent expressed through craftsmanship and creativity was overwhelming, though the rigorous judging process ensured that no small detail was overlooked.

As the world’s most prominent international print competition, submissions came from all over North America, China, Indonesia, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates. In addition to the Benny winners that exhibited truly superior print quality and exceptional craftsmanship, our judges also awarded more than 1,000 Certificates of Merit and Awards of Recognition to those deserving submissions.

The Best in Show honorees will be revealed during the Premier Print Awards reception on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Chicago, Illinois in conjunction with the Print18 show. PIA will also distribute the Intertech™ Technology honors that evening.

To view a complete list of the 2018 Premier Print Award honorees, visit

PRINT® is Back!

Whether you're looking for cutting-edge technologies, want to explore the latest products and services on the market, or need the knowledge to overcome your business challenges, you'll get it at PRINT® 18.

The Association for Print Technologies (formerly NPES) is building on The Learning Experience - more than 50 educational sessions that shed light on topics ranging from design/creative process, packaging, marketing, growth strategies and emerging technologies. 

These educational programs analyze new methods to increase ROI:
  • Education seminars and hands-on labs
  • Panel discussions
  • Distinguished leader speakers
  • Learning Experience theater presentations on the Show Floor
As always, PRINT® 18 promises to shed light on the topics and solutions you need to grow YOUR business:
  • Meet with vendors of print and graphic communications technologies to evaluate and compare new products.
  • Network and explore ideas with YOUR community of colleagues, customers, suppliers, and prospects in the industry!

Printing Industries of America Members and friends can register for PRINT18 for free! 
Just use promo code PIAFRIENDS when registering
Critical Deadline Approaching for OSHA Reporting

July 1, 2018 is the deadline to electronically submit your OSHA 300A form for injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2017. Because OSHA classifies printing as a high-risk industry, this requirement applies to any printing operation that had 20 or more employees at any one time in 2017.

OSHA created the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), a web-based form that allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data. The application will be accessible from the ITA webpage.

The secure website offers three options for data submission:
  1. Manually enter data into a web form
  2. Upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time
  3. Transmit data electronically via an application programming interface (API)
The data submission process involves four steps:
  • Creating an establishment
  • Adding 300A summary data
  • Submitting data to OSHA
  • Reviewing the confirmation email
As of today, California, Maryland, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming have not adopted the regulation; however, OSHA issued a “clarification statement” on April 30, 2018, addressing this situation. Federal OSHA stated that all covered employers should submit their data by July 1, 2018, even if their state has not yet adopted the rule.

If you have any questions about your submission, please email or call Gary Jones 412-259-1794 for more information.

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