SDL snaps up Lingua Franca

London-quoted SDL International, a translation services and technology solutions specialist, has acquired Lingua Franca, a leading Arabic loaclisation service provider based in Dubai, for US$650,000.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  April 21, 2005

London-quoted SDL International, a translation services and technology solutions specialist, has acquired Lingua Franca, a leading Arabic loaclisation service provider based in Dubai, for US$650,000. The deal consists of US$400,000 cash and 112,000 shares due to be issued by the second anniversary of the deal. “Lingua Franca brings to SDL an excellent reputation for quality Arabic localisation services, together with established customer relationships with global organisations such as Microsoft,” commented Mark Lancaster, chairman and CEO at SDL. “As the only major LSP with a Middle Eastern presence, we have strengthened our market position and demonstrated our strategic commitment to delivering high quality, local language translations for our customers,” he added. Najwa Arnouk, founder and managing director at Lingua Franca, becomes general manager of SDL UAE. The entire Lingua Franca team will join her to continue the provision of quality services that contributed to the company’s excellent reputation. Set up in 1994, Lingua Franca has carved out a solid niche as a provider of Arabic language services to major global corporations. It has contributed to the Arabisation of the computer including the creation and maintenance of the Microsoft glossary. SDL employs more than 1,300 staff worldwide offering translation services and technology solutions. The company’s product and service portfolio includes translation memory, adaptive machine translation, a full range of localisation services and the world’s first knowledge-based translation system. SDL offers its software and services in-house to clients or provides them as an outsourced offering. SDL’s customer base includes major names such as Adobe, Canon, Microsoft and SAP. SDL reported sales of US$120.2m for calendar 2004 and currently has a market capitalisation of US$127.4m.

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