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May 29, 2001 12:00 AM

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Printing Industries of America (PIA) (Alexandria, VA), has released the 2001 version of "Productivity Benchmarks: Sheet-fed Printers’ Production Characteristics" report.

Compiled annually since 1996, the report enables sheetfed printers to compare their own company’s productivity to printers of similar size and equipment based on survey data covering run speeds, run lengths, waste and spoilage ratios and other job characteristics.

According to Steve Kodey of the PIA Economics and Research Dept., "The most notable change from 1999 to 2000 is the percentage of jobs that are using process color. The number increased for each run-length category by an average of 5.7 percent. Both one color and spot color jobs bore the brunt of this change—printers reported lower percentages of one color jobs and spot color jobs for each run length."

Cost of the 50-page softcover report is $59 for members; $129 for nonmembers. To order see or call (412) 741-5733.