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Springer Science+Business Media acquires Uitgeverij Fundament in the Netherlands


Berlin / Leusden, 3 April 2006, Springer Science+Business Media (Springer) has acquired Uitgeverij Fundament (Fundament), the leading Dutch publication for foot-care professionals. Fundament becomes part of Springer Uitgeverij in Leusden, Netherlands.

The acquisition not only enhances Springer’s portfolio of medical titles in the Netherlands, but is also complementary to activities globally. Among other subject areas, Springer is the publisher of books, journals and magazines relating to orthopedics, surgery, diabetes care -- all related to the healing and care of feet.

Michel Veen, Managing Director of Springer Uitgeverij said: “This acquisition nicely expands our professional offering in the Netherlands and enables us to realize content synergies with existing products within Springer. We look forward to serving the needs of podiatrists who ensure that our bodies’ foundations, our feet, remain stable and healthy.”

Peter Grotenhuis, Fundament’s Managing Director and joint owner, said: “I am looking forward to expanding Fundament’s activities within the Springer family, and presenting international information to the Dutch market.”

The seven employees of the unit will join Springer Uitgeverij. In 2005, Fundament’s turnover was approximately EUR 800,000.

Springer Science+Business Media is one of the world’s leading suppliers of scientific and specialist literature. It is the second-largest publishing group in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector and the largest business-to-business publisher in the German-language area. The group owns 70 publishing houses, together publishing a total of 1,450 journals and more than 5,000 new books a year. The group operates in over 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and has some 5,000 employees. In 2005, it generated annual sales of approximately EUR 836 million.

Springer’s Dutch-language activities, grouped within Springer Uitgeverij BV in Leusden, include, among others, the publications Arts & Auto, Medisch Contact, ReclameWeek, Rendemens, Transmitter and Identity Matters as well as a number of books and other periodicals in the medical, pharmaceutical, sports, management, tax and finance, payroll, personnel, marketing, IT and organizational areas.


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