Monday, June 7, 2010

Quarterly Index of A/E/C reprographer sales revenues from "plans printed on paper"

This is my stab at an index for the U.S.A. A/E/C reprographics industry for sales revenues of "plans-printed-on-paper".

The A/E/C Repro PPoP Index .....

This index does not attempt to track "total sales" of A/E/C reprographers. It attempts to track only sales of "plans printed on paper," which, traditionally and even nowadays, is the core (main) revenue generator for all A/E/C reprographers.

And, by "plans printed on paper", I mean A/E/C "plans", large-format, b/w and color, unbound or bound, full-size, half-size, whatever l/f size.

There will be a recovery in the A/E/C industry and thereby in the A/E/C reprographics industry. However, some are saying that even though there will be a recovery in the A/E/C industry, the recovery of sales revenues from "plans printed on paper" may not mirror the A/E/C industry's recovery, since some are expecting (saying) that revenues from printing plans on paper are being negatively impacted by customers distributing CD's (or files) instead of distributing "hard copy" plans.

For this index, Q1 2006 is the ground-zero (base) point.

YR-- 2006-----2007-----2008----- 2009-----2010

Q1-- 1.00-------1.09-------1.10------0.65------0.55

Q2-- 1.06-------1.18-------0.98------0.65------

Q3-- 1.08-------0.97-------0.85------0.57------

Q4-- 0.89-------0.93-------0.64------0.49------

Based on this index, the sales volume of "printed plans on paper" was off 45% in Q1 2010 compared to Q1 2006.

Your comments and questions are invited.

(This index is based on A/E/C Repro Vendor sales to A/E/C Reprographers)


  1. Great summary. I really appreciate you putting together these numbers to help us gage where we are in the recovery. The shovel-ready projects that were promised by the government and the stimulus package really never came through.

  2. what did you use to come up with your numbers for the "printed plans on paper" index?