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Top 30 Book Manufacturers

September 2002
Keeping in line with the supersizing trend, BookTech—The Magazine's list of the top 25 book manufacturers has been expanded to include the 30 highest grossing book printers in the United States and Canada. The decision to add to the list was to offer a more expansive look at those manufacturers at the top of their field. The types of products offered by the various companies run the gamut from fine editions to best-selling paperbacks to trade publications to textbooks to yearbooks. More detailed information about each printer follows the list in the form of brief synopses.

In addition to expanding the list, there have been other changes, as well, including Quebecor World edging R.R. Donnelley in the race for the top spot. Along with Quebecor World and R.R. Donnelley, most of the usual suspects make an appearance on the list, with slight shifts throughout. Banta moved up to the third position this year from fourth in 2001, trading places with Von Hoffmann. Courier and Bertelsmann Arvato swapped the sixth and fifth spots, respectively.

The list was based on information provided to PI from the manufacturers, which was then updated recently by our sister publication, BookTech—The Magazine.

1) The leading North American book printer, Quebecor World is the largest commercial printer and image-management company in the world. The company prints more than one billion books a year.

2) R.R. Donnelley & Sons' book operations provide a full range of services to meet customers' requirements. With five manufacturing facilities in the eastern and midwestern United States, and Mexico, R.R. Donnelley provides the following services: hardcover and softcover book manufacturing, web offset, sheetfed offset and digital print technology; conventional and digital prepress operations, including composition and page makeup; custom publishing and on-demand printing; packaging design and assembly; and digital conversion into Web-ready formats.

3) Banta Corp. offers softcover book products and value-added packaging and fulfillment services for educational and general book publishers. Its clients include those companies in the educational, trade, professional, religious, healthcare and financial markets. The company offers electronic design and composition, page layout, proofing and image services, and CD-ROMs, diskettes and cassette tapes.

4) Von Hoffmann is an ISO 9002-certified, full-service book printer with nine manufacturing facilities in the U.S. The company offers design, composition, and digital and conventional prepress services. It also offers project management services from concept and design through printing and distribution. Von Hoffmann's capabilities include small-, medium- and long-run book production; perfect- and case-binding; saddle-stitching; and book production with bound-in CD-ROMs. Other services include computer-to-plate (CTP), FTP and WAM!NET, along with warehousing, kitting and distribution for single-source needs.
 

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