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.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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