According to Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People's Republic of China, the country has just printed its 80-millionth Bible.
Amity Printing Company, the country's only authorized Bible-printing company, has been producing Bibles since 1988. It is a joint venture between China's Amity Foundation and the United Bible Societies. Today, the company produces 1 million copies per month.
"The production of 80 million Bible copies can be attributed to the work of China's Christians, and, more importantly, the country's reform and opening-up policy," said Qiu Zhonghui, Chairman of the Board of Amity Printing, in a celebration ceremony in Nanjing.
According to Xinhua, the company produces 50 editions of the bible, in various languages and also in Braille. One in four Bibles in the world are printed in China today. China has 16 million Christians attending 55,000 churches or gathering venues.
According to Amity Printing's website, the company employs a Roland 204 press, a Roland 704 press, a Timson webpress and an Akiyama offset press. The company's bindery has MBO folding machines, Meccamotecnica auto gatherers and sewing, and a Kolbus-sigloch hard-bound book production line. The company holds ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 certifications.