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Printing Industry



  • The Printing industry in Lebanon is a relatively small industry, contributing to around 7.5% of total industrial output in 2013.
  • In 2015, there were around 338 companies with more than 8 employees in the sector, or 10.11% of total industrial establishments. In 2013, there were 3,693 workers in the printing industry, accounting for 5.2% of the total industrial labor force.
  • The industry is mostly dominated by small and medium-sized companies, with 45.5% of firms employing 5 to 9 workers, and 86.3 percent employing less than 35 employees.
  • Printing activities in Lebanon are mostly geared towards commercial (e.g., newspapers, books, leaflets, etc,…) and industrial purposes (such as packaging).
  • Lebanon is a net exporter of printed matters; with exports accounting for 3.2% of total exports in 2016.
  • Export partners in this particular industry are Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq,, UAE, Morocco and Syria. Together, they account for more than 60% of total exports. New markets are being formed nonetheless in West Africa and Europe with key players already exporting to these destinations, including France and Indonesia. 



  • Well-Established Industry: Owing to the industry’s historical position as the printing hub in the region, local printing presses have organically grown expertise and regional presence over time and remain well positioned in the region with branch offices in the GCC, West and North Africa.
  • Relative Cost Competitiveness: labor cost for a qualified operator in Lebanon carries about a 40% advantage over an Eastern European location.
  • Quality & Efficiency: Lebanon has a value-add advantage as far as quality of printing and binding, especially for hard cover books.
  • Legal Framework: Lebanon enjoys greater legal assurances for the freedom of expression compared to its regional peers, making printing in Lebanon a good proposition for publishers in surrounding countries.
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Lazarieh Tower, 4th Floor, Emir Bechir Street, Riad El-Solh Beirut, Lebanon, P.O.Box 113-7251
+961 1 983306
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