This article aims to present the main service providers on the localization market. Every company is different and specialized in particular fields of the localization industry.

Lionbridge Technologies

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. is an American company located in Waltham, Massachusetts. This company is specialized in translation, localization, interpretation, content creation and software development and testing. It was founded in the 1980s under the name “INK”, employs more than 6,000 people and is present in 26 countries around the world.

After more than 20 years on the market, it is the first globalization company in the world. It provides translation, localization, e-marketing, global content management and application testing services to the world’s leading brands.

Key numbers:

  • 6,000 employees in 160 countries
  • $490 million in sales
  • 1.5 million client web pages
  • 437 million tests
  • 380 languages
  • 14 million translated words

SDL (formerly ALPNET)

SDL is an English company based in Maidenhead, founded by Mark Lancaster in 1992, and is the current world leader in translation technologies and services and content management. SDL has been on the market for more than 20 years (formerly ALPNET).

It bought Trados, a world-renowned computer-assisted translation software, in 2005 and is one of the FTSE 250 companies (listed on the stock exchange).

Key numbers:

    • 1500 client companies
    • 400 partners
    • 55 offices in 38 countries<

Berlitz GlobalNET

Berlitz GlobalNET is a company founded in 1878 by Maximilian Berlitz in Rhode Island in the United States. It offers professionals, individuals, government organizations and non-profit organizations training services to improve their  language and leadership skills.

But it has also set up translation services capable of managing multilingual translation and localization projects.

Key numbers:

      • 550 sites attached to the company in more than 70 countries
      • 138 years of existence

Around the World

Created in 1998 and now based in Paris and Berlin, Around the Word is a leading multinational localization agency specialized in video games. Strengthened by its success, the company diversified into software, multimedia animation and publishing services.

Around the Word has achieved widespread popularity and is associated with prestigious titles such as GTA, Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed.

Key numbers in 2012/2013:

      • Over 12 million English words translated into French
      • Over 5 million English words translated into German
      • Several million English words translated into other European languages
      • Over 500,000 recorded files