The owner of the digital printing company in the heart of downtown Toronto said last month he is closing the business because of the impact automation has had on his business.
“I’ve been going in and out of print every month for three years now,” said Jim Cavanagh, the former owner of Dublin’s The Print Shop.
“We had no idea it was going to happen, and then we started to notice things like a decline in orders, and the price of books went down.”
He said he is not alone in his thinking that the digital revolution is taking a toll on print jobs.
“The print shop is not an option,” he said.
“This is going to be a very, very big part of our business.
I have never been in business and never will be in business.”
Cavanah said he started printing books in Dublin in 2003, when he was still employed as a security guard at the city’s Central Station.
He sold the business in 2006, and is now a co-owner of Dublin-based digital printing startup T.R. Printing.
“In Ireland, you print the books for you,” he explained.
“Printing is what I did in Ireland.
It’s a good business.
It was a good idea.”
Cavenagh said he has noticed an impact on the digital book market since the arrival of digital printing technology in 2015, and that the printing industry is now losing jobs as a result.
“Every time we see a decrease in print jobs, we are losing the customers that used to come in here,” he noted.
“They come in from all over the world.
The demand is up, the price is up.
Cavinagh said his business is also facing a loss of revenue as the digital era affects both print and digital printing businesses. “
So now you have a situation where we are not able to continue printing.”
Cavinagh said his business is also facing a loss of revenue as the digital era affects both print and digital printing businesses.
“If you look at the print books, they’re getting less and less affordable,” he lamented.
“For the most part, it’s going to go up.
We’ll see how the economy goes, but I don’t think it’s good.”
The Digital Printing Company owner also said the print shop was no longer profitable, and he would be selling the business to an investor.
“That would be a bad day for us,” he stated.
“It’s not going to make any difference to us.”