1 September 2009
Printing. Redefined.
TORONTO—The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council has expanded the list of companies and employees who are considered part of the printing industry to include converted paper-product manufacturers, graphic design companies, business support service providers, newspaper, periodical and book printers, and suppliers of packaging and labelling services.
A new CPISC HR report, titled An industry redefined,  recognises 25,981 companies and 240,017 employees as part of the sector—about three times bigger than the last report.

“Our research shows the traditional definition of the printing industry is narrow and fails to capture the number of companies that produce printed products or those that specialise in prepress or finishing and bindery services," says CPISC co-chair Duncan Brown, in a release.
In short, the CPISC believes all the companies it includes in its definition of the printing sector face similar human resources issues.

"The key issues are the recruitment and retention of employees, succession planning, managing the impact of technology and striving to become high-performance workplaces,” stated CPISC co-chair Jeff Ekstein.

The CPISC has published four papers on these HR issues "that include straightforward advice, examples of best practice and tips and links for dealing with the key issues."
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