ISSN: 1046-3410 NEWSLETTER ON SERIALS PRICING ISSUES NO 257 - August 12, 2001 Editor: Marcia Tuttle Guest Editor: James Mouw CONTENTS 257.1 SWETS BLACKWELL TO ACQUIRE MARTINUS NIJHOFF INTERNATIONAL, Press Release257.1 SWETS BLACKWELL TO ACQUIRE MARTINUS NIJHOFF INTERNATIONAL,
Lisse, the Netherlands 9 August 2001
Swets Blackwell announced today an agreement to acquire Martinus Nijhoff International, the Dutch subscription agent and book dealer, with immediate effect. All activities currently handled from Nijhoff's head office in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, will continue until the April 2002 integration of their subscription data into Swets Blackwell's system.
Swets Blackwell services Dutch libraries and information centers from their office in Lisse, the Netherlands. Business currently serviced from Nijhoff's local offices in the US, Brazil, Thailand, Bulgaria and Russia will be gradually integrated into the Swets Blackwell system over the next eight months.
Geert Visscher, CEO of Swets Blackwell, commented: "We are pleased that Nijhoff, with whom we have a shared history and similar culture, will become part of Swets Blackwell. The addition of their prestigious clients will complement and solidify our existing customer base." He added: "We look forward to welcoming to our Lisse office many members of the Nijhoff staff as new Swets Blackwell colleagues. Their knowledge and expertise will make an extremely valuable contribution to our organization."
Bas Guijt, Managing Director of Martinus Nijhoff International, added: "Swets Blackwell is highly regarded in the industry, and their reputation is well deserved. We are confident that they will ensure our customers will continue to receive the high quality service we prided ourselves on at Nijhoff."
Martinus Nijhoff was founded in The Hague in 1853. From its beginnings as a small shop specializing in rare books, Nijhoff's activities were broadened in the ensuing years to include the servicing of library markets around the world. More information can be found at www.nijhoff.nl.
Swets Blackwell is one of the world's largest providers of subscription and information management solutions. They have an annual turnover in excess of US $1 billion and maintain 23 offices in 19 countries across six continents. Swets Blackwell works in partnership with 65,000 major publishers and suppliers of professional information, and offers complete solutions for the needs of their 60,000 corporate, academic, research & development, medical, and government library and information center clients worldwide. Additional information can be found by visiting www.swetsblackwell.com.
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