China's printing industry has been deeply integrated into the global printing and processing industry chain, providing printing and packaging services to more than 50 countries in the international community. Data show that in 2017, China's printing industry's external processing trade amounted to 84 billion 200 million yuan.
The World Printing and Communication Forum 2018, held in Shanghai on 23rd, revealed that in the field of printing, dozens of countries around the world have come to China to cooperate in setting up factories. As of December 2017, there were nearly 2000 foreign-funded printing enterprises in China, with a total investment of more than 40 billion US dollars. At the same time, China has increased its investment in printing industry in relevant countries of the world, with footprints in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa.
Liu Xiaokai, Director of Printing and Distribution Department of the State Press and Publication Administration, introduced at the forum that in the past 40 years of reform and opening-up, China's printing industry has achieved rapid growth and promoted the adjustment and optimization of the global industry pattern; in 2017, the number of Chinese printing enterprises was close to 100,000, 9 times that of 1979.
At the same time, China has continuously reduced tariffs on printing equipment, which has become one of the important overseas markets of many international equipment manufacturers. Among them, the import tariff rates of laser typesetting equipment, inkjet printers and flexible printers have decreased from 16%, 18% and 18% in 2001 to 2.5%, 4% and 2.5% in 2018.
In 2017, China's imports of printing equipment and equipment reached $2.37 billion, an increase of 16.5% over the same period last year. For several years, China has maintained a strong purchasing power for high-end printing equipment. Germany, Switzerland, Japan and other countries come to China to invest in factories or cooperate with Chinese enterprises. Heidelberg, KOMORI, HP, Martini and other companies have achieved good results in China's development.
According to relevant regulations, China will continue to support and promote free trade pilot zones to further relax the restrictions on the share ratio of publications and printing enterprises, gradually narrow the scope of negative lists of access, promote the continued reduction of import tariffs on high-end printing equipment, and enhance the level of liberalization and facilitation of printing foreign processing trade.
The forum is co sponsored by China Printing Technology Association and China Printing Science and Technology Research Institute.