Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Quarterly Index of A/E/C reprographer sales revenues from "plans printed on paper”: Q2 2013 update

This is the 2nd Quarter-2013 update to the index of the U.S.A. A/E/C reprographics industry's 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”.

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 large-format size.

Here’s what we’ve been saying, nearly every past quarter:
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 (I guess I should say, some are saying) that revenues from printing plans on paper are being negatively impacted by customers distributing CD's (or distributing / sharing files) instead of printing and distributing "hard copy" plans.

Now, for some “new” comments, based on the index numbers, as updated today for Q2 2013:

When you look at the current index reading, consider the fact that the AIA ABI Index has been in positive (plus-50) territory 9 out of the last 10 months.

According to the AIA, there is an "approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending" on non-residential construction.

FMI, ABC and AGC, in articles in 2013, have said that construction spending in 2013, so far, has reflected an increase over 2012.

Based on what’s stated above, we think this implies that (on an overall, U.S. country-wide) basis, aggregate revenues from large-format prints on paper (A/E/C large-format print work) should be on the increase by now … and the most recent Repro 101 PPoP Index readings reflect that.

If you want the file that contains the Q2 2013 Repro PPoP Index, send an e-mail to joel.salus@mac.com.

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