Ingram operates internationally and will have five plant locations after the Australian opening. Locations are in La Vergne, Tn; Allentown, Pa.; Milton Keynes near London; and Maurepas, France.
If I can trust my push-button, online Australian slang handbook, let’s just say that Ingram Content Group has come up with some good oil Down Under.
Translation: The La Vergne-based company with an expanding global reach has come up with a good idea for the book market in Australia. It’s one that should mean revenue growth for Ingram and more sales for its primary customers — book publishers worldwide with which Ingram does business.
Under the flag of its Lightning Source division — an on-demand print-manufacturing outfit — Ingram plans to open a book manufacturing and distribution center in Australia by next summer. The exact location is still a matter of research and crafting satisfactory lease terms.
But it’s likely that a sprawling warehouse-like space similar to Lightning Source’s La Vergne campus will be up and running by June. Inside will be all manner of computers, high-speed line printers and book binding gear designed to speed on-demand production of everything from novels to academic tomes.
The idea is to help publishers get books to market Down Under quicker — even small orders. Lightning Source’s average print run, which can be for a publishing house or the corner bookstore, is 1.8 books per order. But sales add up when you have 4.4 million titles stored digitally for immediate use.
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