Printing industry developing rapidly China has 92,000 printing
enterprises with 3.5 million employees.
Updated: 2005-12-16 15:19
The industrial output value reached 280 billion yuan (US$34.7 billion) in
2004, 2 per cent of GDP, including 16.9 billion yuan generated from
before-printing, 70.7 billion yuan from book and magazine printing, 98.1 billion
yuan from packaging printing, 45.9 billion yuan from newspaper printing and 22
billion yuan from out processing.
The specialized regional printing centers are mainly in Pearl River
Delta, Yangtze River Delta and Bohai Sea Economic zone.
The adjustment of industrial structure and products mix has stepped up,
low-level repetition construction and blind expansion have been prevented, some
printing enterprise groups with advanced equipment, high quality and strong
competitiveness have formed.
A new round of technical innovation taking digital technology as main body
has started and the plate making technology directly made by computer is
The printing sector is speeding up cooperation with foreign businesses and
more than 3,000 solely foreign funded and joint ventures have been set up.
China's printing equipment and printing apparatus has experienced the stages
from importing technology, absorbing to innovating since 1980s. From the
beginning of the 1990s, China's printing enterprises have entered into the
period of setting up joint venture, integrating enterprises and reorganizing
capital to speed up China's printing equipment and apparatus upgrading. To date
China's printing equipment manufacturing enterprises number 400 with output
value hitting 9.8 billion yuan.
Although China's printing equipment and apparatus has developed rapidly, the
high-grade products are also dependant on imports. China imported US$1.74
billion worth of printing equipment in 2004 and only exported US$274 million
It is predicted that China's printing and equipment industrial output value
will grow 8 per cent annually in the 2006-2010 period reaching 440 billion yuan