Bethel labor is NOT FREE! It cost about $8K - $10K (US $?s) to house someone in Brooklyn Bethel! The new presses do cut labor down, but I?m afraid that only about 2-3% of all the Bethel labor is currently devoted to the printing operations! This is a real problem for the Watchtower bullies, because increase in numbers at their branch offices is equated is with ?God?s Blessings!? So they have to show increases, regardless of technologies that actually decrease labor needs!
Anyway, new presses do decrease labor a little bit, but I doubt they?re doing it to increase the quality of printing, but are only doing it to squeeze out more profit! You have to figure that it only costs about $.004 per magazine, and books cost about $.08 / book to manufacture! So, if they get a donation of $1-$2, that?s quite a markup, right? Anyway, most decisions are based on money! ?Follow the money? (a common expression) if you want to find out why corrupt institutions do what they do! This is just my 2-cents, but I?m an x-Bethelite, with x-connections with the top brass and have had an inside view of things!