According to statistics from the European Federation of Printing and Paper Processing Machinery Manufacturers Association (EUMAPRINT), due to the global economic downturn, the sales of printing machinery and equipment in seven countries including Germany, France, the United States, Italy, and Switzerland decreased in 2002 compared with 2001. That’s 13.08%. From the analysis of economic prosperity index, among 11 countries including Europe, America, China, Russia, and Japan, only China and Russia are on the rise, and the rest are on the decline. Among them, Germany’s sales in 2002 were approximately US$6.8 billion, which was higher than that in 2001. A year-on-year decrease of 12%; US sales were approximately US$2.27 billion, a 16% decrease from 2001; the UK’s sales in 2002 fell 24% from 2001 to approximately US$1.064 billion; Italy’s sales were down 8% , About 763 million U.S. dollars.
In 2001, the top five countries in terms of annual output value of printing machine and equipment were: Germany 7.73 billion U.S. dollars, Japan 3.918 billion U.S. dollars, the United States 2.702 billion U.S. dollars, Britain 1.4 billion U.S. dollars, and Italy 829 million U.S. dollars. In 2001, the top 5 countries for export of printing machinery and equipment were: Germany 6.325 billion U.S. dollars, Japan 1.578 billion U.S. dollars, the United States 1.246 billion U.S. dollars, Italy 1.06 billion U.S. dollars, and the United Kingdom 940 million U.S. dollars. The top six printing machinery and equipment imports in 2001 were: US$2.2 billion in the United States, US$1.3 billion in China, US$1.228 billion in Germany, US$922 million in Italy, US$920 million in the United Kingdom, and US$798 million in Japan. In 2002, China's printing machinery market was a splendid one. The sales of printing machinery and equipment increased by 13.8%, making it a must-see for the world's printing and equipment manufacturers.