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  • Printing, Prepress & Packaging Industry trends

    Printing & Packaging Sector is one of the key sectors that contribute Sri Lankan exports directly & indirectly. Printing Industry made significant progress over the last few years. Export revenue grew from USD 83 million in 2015 to an estimated USD 118 million in 2019.

    Code Description 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
    World Total (Value) World Total (Value) World Total (Value) World Total (Value) World Total (Value)
    H.48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 38 48 58 71 70
    H.48 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 46 42 49 32 48
    Total : 83 90 107 102 118
    *The value is indicated US $ millions

    Printing & Packaging Sector is one of the key sectors that contribute Sri Lankan exports directly & indirectly. Printing Industry made significant progress over the last few years. Export revenue grew from USD 83 million in 2015 to an estimated USD 118 million in 2019.

    Follows are the main trends in Sri Lanka over the past years,

    Green Printing & Sustainability

    In addition to the regularly printed exports, The Printing Industry of Sri Lanka offers an immense opportunity for green or eco-friendly products. Many top printers in the industry have taken measures in sustainability to protect the environment, recover raw materials and offer green printing processes at highly attractive rates to the global market, adhering to the highest world-class quality standards.

    Forged in Creativity

    Sri Lanka comes from a heavy background of art, culture and tradition that has shaped the nation and its people throughout the years. Most of the ancient Sri Lankan art originates from religious beliefs, all represented in its paintings, sculpture, architecture and so on. Utilizing many materials such as jade, marble, wood, metal and various other elements, sculptures and other forms of art have been brought to life. Their values of stringent quality, attention to detail, delicate handling, creativity and patience have all been adapted into every industry within the country, embodied in every Sri Lankan. These values and qualities have been recognized all over the world for its significant impact and cultural value.

    Location & Logistics

    Sri Lanka is an island located right under India in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka comprises of many harbours around the island and proficient air cargo services that make it an ideal ground for international exports. Sri Lanka’s communication platform via its excellent internet connectivity makes bridging multiple nations easier. Its prime geographical position allows it easy access to import raw material as well as export finished goods to clientele in relatively short amounts of time. The countries and average transit times are mentioned below.

    • Sweden – 35 days
    • USA – 45 days
    • France – 35 days
    • Switzerland – 3 days
    • Australia – 25 days
    • Canada – 55 days
    • Singapore – 5 days
    • India – 5 days
    • UAE – 7 days
    • UK – 27 days
    • Germany – 27 days
    • Venezuela – 60 days
    • Maldives – 3 days

    Moving Forward

    Possessing the necessary technological advancements, with each passing day, the industry works its way ahead, towards being the ‘printing hub’ of South Asia. Sri Lanka has already claimed a position in different segments of the world through printing and packaging exports. This mission serves as a driving force for its top printers and is backed by the Sri Lanka Association of Printers and the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka, making it their vision for the future.