“Books are written in Cairo, printed in Beirut and read in Baghdad”. This well-known Arab saying attests the importance of the Lebanese printing industry that dates back to 1585, with the printing press of Saint Antonius in “Qozhaya” being the first in the Middle East.
According to Elie Raphael, Chairman and General Manager at Arab Printing Press, the Lebanese printing industry is a competitive industry, valued at an estimated $250M, with around 1,000 companies, of which 4% are big printing companies, 10% are medium, while the rest are small. The top market players are Arab Printing Press, Chemaly & Chemaly, Dots, Ipex Printing Press, and Raidy Printing Press.
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The Lebanese Printing Industry