The information below is very interesting and is taken from ewatchman.com
At a recent meeting between Watchtower's International Printing Group and the International Purchasing Group some figures emerged.
There are 19 Printing Branches around the world.
Magazines produced: 1,152,574,615
Books produced: 84,959,928
"Bible Teach" Books, alone: 50,000,000 …in 165 languages
One business establishment reported: "Watchtower has taken printing to another level."
Much has been accomplished, even with less personnel than previously.
For example, between the Pressroom and the Bindery, in 2001 there were some 313 personnel. For the same group, in 2006 the number of staff needed is only 112.
In the Printery the staff was 773 -- the staff is now 329…a 57% reduction. Modern machinery and methods has improved savings, and less staff is needed even with production increases.
As mentioned, Watchtower is not just U.S. situated…it is international…and we do what we can to keep costs down. For example, in Brazil -- there was $239 saved per metric ton of paper used. United Paper Mills said: "There is hardly a more international printing organization than Watchtower."
Everything for production needs to be purchased, including equipment as well as supplies…and our Purchasing group makes those arrangements. Recently, some arrangements have been with China...and many items, from chairs to generators are being ordered. For example, some Kingdom Hall chairs were running at a cost of $47.00 each (approximately). In doing comparison of prices…each chair would cost $12.00 if purchased through China.
14,292 Kingdom Halls have been constructed which also need chairs and supplies. Back in 1999 for example, Malawi had 50 Kingdom Halls….now they have 860 Kingdom Halls. An average cost to build there is about $8,546 per Kingdom Hall. The halls being constructed are simple, but attractive…and, usually, the Kingdom Hall is the nicest looking building in such areas. We have purchased everything from tile, carpet, office supplies and equipment at thousands of dollars savings. We know that Jehovah will continue to bless the work, if his people handle the funds and equipment discreetly and He will continue to give them the support needed to keep on preaching.