Elsevier Acquires Woodhead Publishing
Integration expands Elsevier’s books portfolio in key subject areas including materials science, engineering and food science
Waltham, MA, August 13, 2013
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced it has acquired Woodhead Publishing Limited, an award-winning, UK-based publisher known for its high-quality content in the fields of materials science, food science, engineering, energy & environmental technology, textile technology and biomedicine. The acquisition of Woodhead Publishing also includes Chandos Publishing, which is known for its strong publishing program in library information science and Asian studies.
“We are committed to improving research outcomes and researcher productivity,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director, Science & Technology Books, Elsevier. “The acquisition of Woodhead Publishing helps us to achieve this objective. Woodhead’s global publishing program is complementary to Elsevier’s books portfolio and Martin Woodhead and his staff are as committed to content quality as we are.”
“After 24 years of building Woodhead Publishing into the successful business it is today, the time has come for me to pass it on to a larger publisher who can capitalize on over 1,500 published titles, a strong forward program, and our electronic presence,” said Martin Woodhead, Managing Director of Woodhead Publishing. “I am very proud that Elsevier, a publisher I much admire for the quality of its publishing and with whom we are a natural fit, will maintain the same high standards of our publishing and take it to a new level both in print and electronic markets.”
Woodhead Publishing was recognized for international achievement at last year’s Independent Publishing Awards, sponsored by the London Book Fair, being called “active and innovative in whatever country it targets.”
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About Woodhead Publishing Limited
Based in Cambridge, England and established in 1989, Woodhead Publishing is an international publishing company publishing in the areas of food science, technology and nutrition; materials and engineering; textile technology; energy and environmental technology; finance, commodities and investment; and mathematics. Woodhead also owns the imprint Chandos Publishing, a leading library and information science publisher based in Witney, near Oxford.
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, helping research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world leading provider of professional information solutions. The group employs more than 30,000 people, including more than 15,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier Group plc is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RUK and ENL.