Elsevier Acquires William Andrew Publishing

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 General News
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BURLINGTON, Massachusetts, January 20 Elsevier,the world's leading publisher of scientific, technical and medicalinformation products and services, announced today the acquisition of thepublishing assets of William Andrew, Inc. ("William Andrew"). Over the last18 months, Elsevier and William Andrew have built a valuable strategicalliance including print distribution of William Andrew books globallyoutside of North America and electronic distribution of William Andrewcontent on Elsevier's globally renowned electronic publishing platforms:Science Direct and Engineering Village.

"Purchasing the content assets of William Andrew now is the logical nextstep in our relationship," commented Jim Donohue, Managing Director, Science& Technology Books. "This acquisition adds to our portfolio the strength anddepth of William Andrew's data and reference content. We look forward toaccelerating the growth of the William Andrew list both online and in printas part of our overall strategic goal of providing engineers and appliedscientists with the critical information, intelligence and tools they need todo their jobs."

Bill Woishnis, founder of William Andrew, added, "In aligning ourselveswith Elsevier, the William Andrew content will reach a much larger audiencein the future and be associated with the leader in scientific publishing."

Since its founding in 1990, William Andrew has built a strong andenduring reputation as a leading specialist book and database publisher in anumber of fields including plastics & rubbers, adhesives & sealants,coatings, paints & ink, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, materials, formulations,industrial chemicals, safety, health & hygiene, semiconductors,microelectronics, nanotechnology, energy and animal science. The companybegan with the creation of Plastics Design Library, providing uniquedatabooks to the plastics industry, including the flagship title ChemicalResistance, now in its fourth edition.

Some of the forthcoming titles from William Andrew and Elsevier includeNanotechnology Applications for Clean Water, Skin Aging Handbook, Handbook ofPlastics Joining 2E, Tigers of the World 2E, Engineering DocumentationControl 3E and Human Toxicology of Chemical Mixtures.

About William Andrew

William Andrew Publishing, headquartered in Norwich, NY, is anindependent, mid-size publisher of world class technical and scientificmaterials that include applied science handbooks, references, and databasesthat promote knowledge, technology, and productivity, allowing individuals,markets, and societies to reach their full potential around the globe. In2007 William Andrew appointed Elsevier to be its exclusive distributor in allcountries outside of North America.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical andmedical information products and services. Working in partnership with theglobal science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books peryear, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, suchas ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus (http://www.info.scopus.com/),bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered inAmsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part ofReed Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leadingpublisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical,legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provideshigh-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasingemphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's tickersymbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK andENL (New York Stock Exchange).Contact: Name: Tom Reller, Director, Corporate Relations, Phone: +1-212-462-1912, E-mail: T.reller@elsevier.com .

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