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The Fastest-Growing LSPs
CSA Research's 13th annual market study sizes the language services industry and calculates a variety of business measures. One is the growth rate for the industry overall, another is the performance of hundreds of individual suppliers that provide detailed revenue data to our survey (see figure). In this year's analysis, we estimated that the market

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AMPLEXOR Acquires Sajan: Why Some Acquisitions Matter More than Others
Last week Luxembourg-based AMPLEXOR (#9 on CSA Research's 2016 list of largest LSPs) acquired U.S.-based Sajan (#30) for US$28.5 million. This amounts to US$5.83 per share for publicly-traded Sajan, a 46% premium over the current share price. Because Sajan will go private, it has substantial disclosure and shareholder protection requirements under the

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Lionbridge Acquired by H.I.G. Capital
In our annual report on the state of the language industry in June 2016, CSA Research observed that "uncertainty reigns at four of the five largest companies." Recent and upcoming events will remove much of that feeling for all five. On January 18, TransPerfect (#2 on our list of the 100 biggest providers) goes back to court for what should

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HPE ACG Will Join CSC as Parent Company Carves Out Its Services Organization
CSA Research spoke with Joël Giovannini, Director of HPE Applications and Content Globalization, the language services business unit of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Based in Grenoble, France, HPE ACG is third on our list of the world's 100 largest language service and technology providers. In 2010, it leapt from #24 to #1 on that list, following HP's

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Teleperformance Buys LanguageLine for Global CX Management
On August 22, Teleperformance, a French-based call-center company that specializes in high-end business support systems for customer experience management, announced plans to spend US$1.5 billion to acquire LanguageLine Solutions (#4 on our 2016 global list of 100 largest LSPs, and #1 among interpreting-centric LSPs, with $US388 million in revenue in

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Life Sciences Consolidation Continues as Welocalize Buys Global Language Solutions
Welocalize CEO Smith Yewell told us earlier this month his firm had purchased Global Language Solutions. Why is this deal interesting? Announced this morning, it is the company's 17th purchase of an LSP since 2000, its second this year in the highly contested life sciences sector, and brings together two of the 50 largest providers in the language industry

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Will Smartling's Purchase of VerbalizeIt Change the TMS Market?
Today Smartling announced its acquisition of VerbalizeIt, a translation software developer and service provider. CEO Jack Welde told us that he bought the 12-person company for its combination of technology, talent, and customer traction. More specifically, he wants to differentiate Smartling from other translation management system (TMS) players

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Welocalize Acquires Nova for Global Reach and Another Regulated Industry
Welocalize CEO Smith Yewell called us two weeks ago to brief us on the acquisition of Nova Language Services. It is the U.S. company's 16th purchase of a smaller LSP since 2000, and its second since recapitalizing nearly a year ago. We discussed: The acquisition. Nova is a language service provider based in Barcelona, Spain. It has been in

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Merrill Brink International Purchased by Former Owners and Private Equity Group
United Language Group (ULG) will acquire Merrill Brink International, the language services division of Merrill Corporation. Two members of ULG's management team, Jeff Brink (CEO) and Hans Fenstermacher (COO), called to brief us on the acquisition which had been widely discussed in the industry prior to last week's disclosure of an internal Merrill

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Smartling Buys Jargon to Enhance Mobile Localization – and Support the Physical Web
When contacting LSPs and language technology developers about our annual global market study, we pinged dozens of companies that have yet to complete the survey. One was Jargon, a startup developer with an innovative approach to mobile app localization – a real sticky point for many organizations. They struggle to reach prospects and customers

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Welocalize Extends Its Reach to Digital Marketing
Welocalize has begun exercising the increased financial clout that came with last year's recapitalization by Norwest Equity Partners. We spoke to CEO Smith Yewell about the purchase of Adapt Worldwide, a digital marketing agency based in London. The acquisition underscores the top end of the language sector's expansion beyond traditional localization

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RWS Acquires CTi to Grow U.S. and Life Sciences Presence
We spoke with company chairman Andrew Brode about the RWS acquisition of Corporate Translations Inc. (CTi), an LSP in the United States specializing in life sciences and linguistic validation. RWS (#7 on our list of the 100 largest LSPs) is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange. It's in a quiet period pending release of its fiscal year

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Welocalize Recapitalizes with Norwest Equity Partners
Earlier this week, CEO Smith Yewell of Welocalize, told us about the company's newest investor, Norwest Equity Partners (NEP), a private equity group (PEG). Norwest bought out Riverside Partners, which had made a large investment late 2010. Yewell would not disclose the stake that Norwest has in Welocalize, #9 on CSA Research's 2014 list of the world's

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Euroscript Buys Foreign Exchange Translations and Increases Presence in the U.S. Market
Luxembourg-based euroscript International (#7 on CSA Research's 2014 list of the largest LSPs) announced today that it acquired Foreign Exchange Translations (FXTrans), a U.S.-based specialist in medical translations. The deal will close by the end of May 2015. In a press release, euroscript CEO Mark Evenepoel said that the two companies complement

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TMS Vendor XTRF Selected to Represent Poland in Silicon Valley V4 Tech Match
It’s been 25 years since the Iron Curtain fell, and post-Communist Central Europe is full of entrepreneurial ambitions. In 1991, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovakia), Hungary, and Poland formed a trading block called The Visegrád Group of nations. This alliance traces its roots back to a meeting that took place in 1335, in the

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Moravia Reaches US$100 Million in Revenue – and Changes Ownership
Moravia, #15 on CSA Research’s list of the world’s largest language service and technology companies, told us last week that it booked US$100 million revenue for 2014. That’s a big leap from the US$67.7 million that the company earned in 2013, part of which CEO Tomas Kratochvil in a briefing last week largely attributed to increasing

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Lionbridge to Buy CLS Communication as Market Consolidation Continues
Lionbridge, the largest company on CSA Research’s list of the top 100 commercial LSPs in 2014, announced that it would buy Switzerland-based CLS Communication (#11) in a deal expected to close in the first few months of 2015. Once it does, Lionbridge will be on track to be a US$600 million company. We asked Lionbridge’s Chief Sales

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Lionbridge Protects Its Connectivity Strategy with Purchase of Middleware Provider
Last week Lionbridge announced that it acquired Clay Tablet, a supplier of software that integrates content management systems (CMSes) with translation processes and technology. Lionbridge said that its new acquisition would operate as an independent company. We spoke separately with Clay Tablet founder and CEO Robinson Kelly and Lionbridge’s

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RR Donnelley Takes a Stand on Technology
RR Donnelley (RRD), a US$11 billion company in print, digital, and supply chain solutions announced earlier this year it would buy MultiCorpora, a developer of translation automation software. Thirty days after the acquisition was completed, we spoke with Christophe Djaouani, Vice President and Managing Director of RR Donnelley Language Solutions

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Introducing the Fastest-Growing LSPs
Last month Common Sense Advisory released its annual report on the language sector. It included a list of the world’s 100 largest language service providers (LSPs) and nine regional tallies of the biggest suppliers around the world, totaling 186 companies (see “The Language Services Market: 2013,” May13). This month we add two

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Three Weeks, Three Acquisitions – 2013 Starts Off with an M&A Bang
While world economies sputter and governments debate fiscal restraint, the language services sector continues to power along, as evidenced by two new acquisitions announced in the past week and a third earlier this month: OMNIA Group (#57 on our 2012 list of the top 100 LSPs, with US$11.32 million in revenue), based in Italy with a production

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Language Line Services Acquires Pacific Interpreters
Today, California-based Language Line Services (LLS) announced the acquisition of long-time competitor and Oregon-based telephone interpreting company Pacific Interpreters. This announcement, which results in a telephone interpreting company with a reported US$300 million in revenue, really comes as no surprise. It was only a matter of time until LLS

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STP Nordic Strengthens Its Niche with New Acquisition
UK-based translation company STP Nordic announced today that it completed the acquisition of fellow Scandinavian language specialist Tranflex. Earlier this week, we spoke with Jesper Sandberg, the CEO and founder of STP Nordic to learn more about the acquisition and how it will affect the company’s future. Here are some points to observe regarding

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HiSoft Acquires Spanish LSP Logoscript
Earlier this month HiSoft briefed us on its acquisition of Logoscript. HiSoft, a technology services provider headquartered in Dalian, China, last year was number 20 on Common Sense Advisory’s list of 50 largest language service providers (LSPs) with language service revenue of US$38.5 million. Logoscript, a smaller privately held LSP based in

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Welocalize Says “We Translate” with New Merger
Welocalize has completed a merger with Park IP Translations, a specialist in legal and patent translation. A well-known industry consolidator, Welocalize is a veteran of mergers and acquisitions. In fact, it hasn’t even been a full year since the company merged with Boston-based translation provider Avantix Global. We spoke with CEO Smith Yewell

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