Earlier this week, printing shipments data for May were released, and came in at $6.77 billion for the month, up +3.1% from April. However, on an inflation-adjusted basis, May 2018 came in below the $6.92 billion reported in May 2017 and is well below the recent high of $7.46 billion back in May 2016. Still, 2018 started out rough but appears to be closing in on last year. As we have started seeing in recent years, traditional seasonality is in disarray and March and May have become the biggest months for the industry in the first half of the year. Recent patterns indicate that August and October are the two biggest months in the back half of the year—and we’ll see if that pattern continues. And June and July will be a white-knuckle ride...
Allen Press was the recipient of eight awards in the Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica’s Graphic Excellence Competition (GraphEx). GraphEx was created in 1989 to recognize outstanding work in the print media industry.
The Mineralogical Record, Volume 25, Number 5, the 2015 Ames Percherons Calendar, and FrontMatter, Issue Number 29, won Best of Category awards in Magazines, Periodicals and Publications (Web Press); Calendars (Booklet); and Newsletters, respectively. Allen Press also received five Awards of Excellence for various publications, including Orchids, Volume 83, Issue 3, Doll News, Summer 2014, Mineral Collections in Texas, the 2014 Windmore Literacy Magazine, and the Three by Three Illustrations Directory.
“Receiving these awards highlights the commitment to quality and attention to technical detail of our production teams at Allen Press. Exceeding our customers’ expectations is our mission and that includes ensuring that the quality of each publication that rolls off our presses is second to none,” said Gerald Lillian, Allen Press CEO. “We have the advantage of working with so many beautifully designed publications. Without these loyal customers, we would not have the opportunity to showcase our work in the same way.”
Judges qualify pieces based on several categories, including binding, use of paper, coating, clarity, and smoothness. Entries in the Best of Category automatically compete for Best of Show recognition. The Mineralogical Record, Volume 25, Number 5, the 2015 Ames Percherons Calendar, and FrontMatter, Issue Number 29 will be entered into the international competition for Printing Industries of America’s Premier Print Awards.