February 24, 2014
Flexo Market News
Semper Reports Hiring
Increase In Industry Survey
Semper International, a placement firm for skilled
help in the graphic arts and printing industry, has re-
leased its quarterly industry report, which indicates a
positive outlook and improved sales.
• 71 percent of companies surveyed reported a
profitable fourth quarter, which represents no
change from the previous quarter.
• 35 percent of survey respondents reported an in-
crease in revenue over last quarter.
• Looking at the two weeks before the survey, 27
percent of companies reported an increase in cur-
• 48 percent of companies expect sales to increase
through the remainder of the first quarter of 2014
while 38 percent expect sales to stay the same. Last
quarter 39 percent expected a sales increase and 36
percent expected sales to stay the same.
• 32 percent of respondents indicated that hiring
levels will increase. The last time more than 30 per-
cent of respondents planned to hire was during the
first quarter of 2011.
• Just more than half of companies reported that
healthcare is the labor cost component that in-
creased the fastest last quarter. It has remained the
fastest growing cost component for the past 16 quar-
ters. Overtime, the next largest component, dropped
6 points from last quarter to 19 percent.
• The economy remains the greatest competitive
threat to printers (35 percent) but decreased 17
points in importance. Operating costs (17 percent)
and lower cost competitors (23 percent) increased.
• Print buyers place the greatest pricing pressures
on digital (24 percent) and ink to substrate printing
• Referrals (41 percent) continue to be the most
popular way to find employees, followed by online
ads (26 percent). Use of help wanted ads increased
12 points to 17 percent.
Label Summit Africa 2014
Flexo Concepts, Plymouth, Massachusetts, plans to
exhibit at Label Summit Africa 2014, stand 38, to pro-
mote the advantages of using its TruPoint Orange doc-
tor blade in label and package printing applications.
Orange was introduced to the international market
at LabelExpo Europe 2013 and reportedly generated
a great deal of interest as a replacement for steel. The
blade was featured on 10 presses throughout the
show, and several major press OEMs are now ship-
ping Orange with new installations.