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Book Printing Outlook -- El-Hi, Hogwarts Shine

December 2005
By Erik Cagle

Senior Editor

The book printing industry resembles a high-level chess match. All of the successful players are thinking three and four moves ahead, with increasing market share representing "checkmate."

RR Donnelley (RRD) and Quebecor World are just two of the book heavyweights that have established offshore printing relationships, or have obtained foreign facilities outright, in order to maintain those publishing clients who gush at the opportunity to produce low-priority goods at drastically discounted prices. Although it sometimes seems China is the poster child for international outsourcing, Mexico and Latin America are the alternatives of choice for Quebecor World, promising a quicker turnaround at the same price point.

Book Printers*
 CompanySegment
Sales
(millions)
Total
Sales
(millions)
1Quebecor World
Montreal
$660$6,600
2Visant Corp.
Armonk, NY
$638$981
3Banta Corp.
Menasha, WI
$371$1,523
4Bertelsmann Arvato
New York
$243$293
5Courier Corp.
N. Chelmsford, MA
$211$211
6Taylor Publishing
 

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