The Ingram Content Group has picked Melbourne as the site for its next Lightning Source print-on-demand book manufacturing operation. Last fall, Ingram had announced plans to open in Australia, and in a release today said it chose Melbourne for its proximity to a large concentration of major publishers and book distributors and to key metropolitan regions in the country. Lightning will occupy a building at the Scoresby industrial park in the southeastern suburb of Melbourne. Ingram plans to open the facility in June.
The Lightning Source operation in Australia will be Ingram Content Group’s fifth networked book manufacturing facility. Lightning Source North American facilities include its headquarters in La Vergne, Tennessee, and operations in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Lightning Source international locations include a large-scale operation in Milton Keynes, U.K. that serves the European region and a facility in Maurepas, France, a joint-venture with Hachette Book Group.