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Worldcolor and Macmillan Sign Deal to Produce About 800 Million Books

October 27, 2009
MONTRÉAL—10/27/2009—Worldcolor has signed one of the largest book printing agreements in North America. The multi-year agreement with Macmillan’s New York based U.S. operations involves the printing, over the term, of approximately 800 million major trade bestsellers, textbooks and mass market (paperback) books, based on current projections. Also included in the agreement are related warehousing and distribution services.

The agreement renews and expands a long-running service relationship with the publisher, whose signature imprints include many of the best known names in book publishing such as St. Martin’s Press, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt, Tor, Forge, Bedford/St. Martin's, and W.H. Freeman and Worth Publishers. The agreement also adds new value added services to the scope of the relationship.

“The Macmillan name is one of the most distinguished in all of book publishing, which makes us even more proud to be able to renew and extend our valued relationship with this important customer,” said Kevin J. Clarke, President of Worldcolor’s Publishing Services Group. “Macmillan is an industry leader, and its leadership commitment helps us keep our book printing and related services at the forefront of our industry.” Clarke credited Worldcolor’s success in this contract to a focus on faster speed to market for time sensitive bestsellers and enhanced quality offset reproduction.

John Sargent, Macmillan’s Chief Executive Officer, said Worldcolor continues to drive increasing value to Macmillan as both parties adapt to a new business environment: “We are happy to renew our relationship because we know that Worldcolor has the capacity and resources to serve our needs, and the ability to help us adapt to changes in our markets. We see increasing demand for shorter-runs, quicker productions turns, better distribution and innovative technology solutions. We will partner with Worldcolor to continue to drive innovation and efficiency in book production and distribution.”

About Macmillan
Macmillan in the U.S., headquartered in New York, is a leading group of publishing companies in the United States held by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, which is based in Stuttgart, Germany. These publishing companies include Farrar Straus and Giroux, Henry Holt & Company, W.H. Freeman and Worth Publishers, Palgrave Macmillan, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Picador, Roaring Brook Press, St. Martin’s Press, Tor Books, and Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group.
 

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