Elsevier Acquires William Andrew Publishing



    BURLINGTON, MA, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Elsevier, the world's leading publisher
of scientific, technical and medical information products and services,
announced today the acquisition of the publishing assets of William Andrew,
Inc. ("William Andrew"). Over the last 18 months, Elsevier and William Andrew
have built a valuable strategic alliance including print distribution of
William Andrew books globally outside of North America and electronic
distribution of William Andrew content on Elsevier's globally renowned
electronic publishing platforms: Science Direct and Engineering Village.
    "Purchasing the content assets of William Andrew now is the logical next
step in our relationship," commented Jim Donohue, Managing Director, Science &
Technology Books. "This acquisition adds to our portfolio the strength and
depth of William Andrew's data and reference content. We look forward to
accelerating the growth of the William Andrew list both online and in print as
part of our overall strategic goal of providing engineers and applied
scientists with the critical information, intelligence and tools they need to
do their jobs."
    Bill Woishnis, founder of William Andrew, added, "In aligning ourselves
with Elsevier, the William Andrew content will reach a much larger audience in
the future and be associated with the leader in scientific publishing."
    Since its founding in 1990, William Andrew has built a strong and
enduring reputation as a leading specialist book and database publisher in a
number 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 company began with the creation
of Plastics Design Library, providing unique databooks to the plastics
industry, including the flagship title Chemical Resistance, now in its fourth
edition.
    Some of the forthcoming titles from William Andrew and Elsevier include
Nanotechnology Applications for Clean Water, Skin Aging Handbook, Handbook of
Plastics Joining 2E, Tigers of the World 2E, Engineering Documentation Control
3E and Human Toxicology of Chemical Mixtures.

    About William Andrew

    William Andrew Publishing, headquartered in Norwich, NY, is an
independent, mid-size publisher of world class technical and scientific
materials that include applied science handbooks, references, and databases
that promote knowledge, technology, and productivity, allowing individuals,
markets, and societies to reach their full potential around the globe. In 2007
William Andrew appointed Elsevier to be its exclusive distributor in all
countries outside of North America.

    About Elsevier

    Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and
medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the
global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70
offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per
year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such
as 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 in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed
Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), world-leading publisher and
information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education
and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and
flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the
Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN
(Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock
Exchange).





For further information:

For further information: Tom Reller, Director, Corporate Relations,
Phone: (212) 462-1912, E-mail: T.reller@elsevier.com

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