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Springer employees donate books for Goethe Institute in Chennai/India


Berlin, 12 July 2006 - Staff at Springer Science+Business Media (Springer) in Germany launched a book collection campaign for the German cultural institute in Chennai/India on UNESCO’s World Book Day, celebrated in Germany on 21 April 2006. More than 1,000 German-language novels and children’s books are on their way to India. Transportation was kindly carried out freight forwarder Dachser GmbH & Co. KG in Mannheim. In addition to Springer employees in Berlin, colleagues at Springer in Heidelberg, Ärztezeitung, Springer Bau Medien, BSMO, Baunetz, Bauverlag, GWV Fachverlage, Springer Transport Media, Heinrich Vogel and the Springer Distribution Center in Rohrbach took part in the campaign.

Since the Goethe Institute’s Chennai library was restyled into an information center in 2003, it has become almost impossible for local adults and young people to gain access to up-to-date literature in German. In conjunction with the Goethe Institute, Springer hopes to make up for this deficit by means of the donation. Through Scientific Publishing Services (SPS), Springer has close business and personal links with Chennai and is very pleased to be able to support the local Goethe Institute.

“German literature is currently in great demand in Chennai. That will increase even more due to Indian’s presence as guest of honor at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair,” commented Dr. Gabriele Landwehr, head of the Max Mueller Bhavan (Goethe Institute) in Chennai.

“Almost 25 percent of our employees are located in Chennai. With this call for donations, we wanted to contribute to the cultural offering of the city. We are pleased that so many of our German employees participated and donated books,” said Anja Hensel of Springer Corporate Communications, who initiated the book drive.

Springer Science+Business Media ( is one of today’s leading international publishing groups of scientific and specialist literature. In the science, technology and medicine (STM) sector it is the second-largest supplier worldwide, and market leader in the German-language Business-to-Business sector. The group owns 70 publishing houses, together publishing a total of 1,450 journals and more than 5,000 new books a year. It has around 5,000 employees in over 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, generating annual sales of approx. 838 million euro in 2005.


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