DAX Companies And Web-Optimized PDFs.

An overview of the Annual Report PDFs file sizes that the German DAX-30 Companies offer for download on their Investor Relations or Annual Report Websites.

Use of the mobile internet is growing faster on a daily basis. More and more users access the internet from their mobile devices – think of smartphones, netbooks, iPhones and in the near future: iPads.

In the mobile world, bandwidth is still an issue (unlike in the world of desktop-internet). It’s even more important therefore to keep down the filesize of PDFs that you want users to download from your website. It’s not too complicated to reduce file sizes without any quality loss e.g in images. You just have to do it.

Here’s an overview of the Annual Report PDFs file sizes that the German DAX-30 Companies offer for download on their Investor Relations or Annual Report Websites. Decide for yourself, if you think this is user-friendly or not …

Medium file size: 4.8 MB

Largest file sizes:

  • Salzgitter: 11.6 MB
  • BMW: 10.4 MB
  • ThyssenKrupp: 10.0 MB

Smallest file sizes:

  • Allianz: 1.9 MB
  • E.on: 1.3 MB
  • Münchener Rück (Munich Re): 0.8 MB

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  1. Hi Marco,
    thanks for the idea. We will check our companies too.
    I thought, Russian companies have the medium pdf-file size around 4.5 Mb… but the 1st web-site, from which I started checking, was Gazprom and … 25.5 Mb in its 2008-report!

  2. Yes, we have done it:
    medium file size is 11.4 mb.

    We will put a note tomorrow on our web-site.

  3. Yes, we have done it:
    medium file size is 11.4 mb.

    We will put a note tomorrow on our web-site.

  4. Hi Dmitry,

    I was surprised myself that the PDF file sizes were that large! But of course, the DAX companies’ 4.8 MB medium file size is nothing against the 11.4 MB of the Russian companies’ files …

    Thanks for sharing your research results – I’ll check your website for the complete findings tomorrow!

    Here’s another link to the Corporate Eye-Blog where Lucy Nixon is further exploring the topic of Annual Reports and PDFs. I thought you might find that interesting:

    http://www.corporate-eye.com/blog/2010/02/printing-annual-reports/

    Marco

  5. Hi Dmitry,

    I was surprised myself that the PDF file sizes were that large! But of course, the DAX companies’ 4.8 MB medium file size is nothing against the 11.4 MB of the Russian companies’ files …

    Thanks for sharing your research results – I’ll check your website for the complete findings tomorrow!

    Here’s another link to the Corporate Eye-Blog where Lucy Nixon is further exploring the topic of Annual Reports and PDFs. I thought you might find that interesting:

    http://www.corporate-eye.com/blog/2010/02/printing-annual-reports/

    Marco

  6. Marco,
    we don’t have English translation at our site, just short contents page: http://www.ir-russia.ru/index_en.htm
    I think, this year our companies will think about reducing the sizes, especially after such the alarming.

    Thanks for the link, I will check it.
    By the way, I have found Nexxar site by reading Dominic Jones’ IRwebReport blog, he have good ideas regarding print/online reports too.

  7. Marco,
    we don’t have English translation at our site, just short contents page: http://www.ir-russia.ru/index_en.htm
    I think, this year our companies will think about reducing the sizes, especially after such the alarming.

    Thanks for the link, I will check it.
    By the way, I have found Nexxar site by reading Dominic Jones’ IRwebReport blog, he have good ideas regarding print/online reports too.