Book Manufacturers' Institute finds average manufacturer was running at 90% of their capacity in August, up from July's 84%, while average lead time for completed hard cover books went from 74 to 85 days; for soft covers, capacity usage rises to 92%

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August 24, 2022 (press release) –

The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) released the August results for its monthly survey on capacity and lead times for soft cover and hard cover books. As demand has skyrocketed and supply chain woes continue to hamper all segments of manufacturing, BMI put together the survey to get a better idea of what manufacturers were facing and what publishers should expect.

This month showed capacity and lead times all going up a bit. According to responses regarding hard cover books, the average manufacturer was running at 90% of their capacity, up from July’s 84%. The average lead time for completed hard cover books went up from 74 to 85 days. For soft cover books, capacity usage went up slightly to 92% and the average lead time went up from 56 days to 62 days, based on 16 responses.

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