Book Manufacturers' Institute June survey finds average manufacturer of hard cover books running at 90% of capacity, down from 91% in May, while lead time for completed hard covers up to 104 days; capacity usage for soft cover books falls from 92% to 91%

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June 17, 2022 (press release) –

The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) released the June 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.

According to responses regarding hard cover books, the average manufacturer was running at 90% of their capacity, a slight drop from May’s 91%. The average lead time for completed hard cover books was up from 91 days, to 104 days. For soft cover books, capacity usage went from 92% down to 91% and the average lead time was up to 84 days, based on 15 responses.

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