Paper Price Inflation
At the time of writing (July 2022), we’ve experienced paper price increases of over 50% in 6 months.
At the start of the year we thought we could absorb it, but the increases keep happening, and so we’re having to raise some of our prices too. As paper makes up around half the cost of printing, it’s reasonable to expect prices to rise by at least 25% across the industry.
What this affects most:
- NCR printing
- Black & White printing
- Litho printing (very large quantity printing)
What we’re keeping the same (for now):
- Plan printing
- Colour printing A4-A3 (digital printing)
- Colour leaflets (digital printing)
We’re finding that paper prices are going up on a monthly basis, so unfortunately we’ll have to review our prices regularly. There are a number of ways that you can keep printing costs down in the meantime:
Thinner paper is less energy intensive to manufacture, and so works out cheaper. If you normally have 250gsm card, switching to 160gsm is significantly cheaper.
Black & white printing
Black & white printing is much cheaper than colour, and the quality is excellent now. We have 2 digital mono presses, so we’re well suited to offering this compared to ‘full colour only’ printers.
Alternative binding methods
If you normally have NCR books, it works out much cheaper to have glued pads instead. The sheets are torn out as they are used, so it might involve changing your working practices, but the cost savings are significant.
If you normally wire bind your documents, printing folded stapled booklets might work out cheaper too.
For regular orders it might be worth ordering more than you normally would, as printing gets a lot cheaper the more you have. It also saves on any price increases that might affect your next order.
If you would like to find a cheaper way to print your documents, please email us your files and requirements and we’ll work out the most efficient way to print them.