BMI Releases Industry Barometer Survey Results for October
The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) released the October results for its monthly survey on capacity and lead times for soft cover and hard cover books. As the book manufacturing landscape has changed recently, BMI put together the survey to get a better idea of what manufacturers were facing and what publishers should expect.
This month showed a little bit of a respite with manufacturing capacities and lead times. According to responses regarding hard cover books, the average manufacturer was running at 82% of their capacity, down from 91%. The average lead time for completed hard cover books went down to 62 days from 84 days, based on 19 responses. For soft cover books, capacity usage dropped to 83% from 91%. The average lead time dropped 45 days from 61 days, based on 23 responses.