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Kluwer and Vinçotte Will Collaborate on Information and Training Courses for Professionals


Cooperation leading to new information products and training courses for the quality, safety and environmental market

Mechelen/Vilvoorde, Belgium (November 30, 2006) – Kluwer (Belgium), a part of Wolters Kluwer and a leading supplier of information and services for professionals, and Vinçotte, market leader with regard to certification, control and training courses in the field of quality, safety and the environment, today announced a strategic cooperation on providing information and training for professionals in the areas of quality, safety and the environment. This cooperation further expands the information and training offer for experts, attuning it even more closely to their needs.

Today both companies already have a generous offer of printed and electronic information products which were specifically developed for this market. For example, Kluwer has developed is the online database Sentral. In addition to books and journals, it also offers a number of practical instruments which enable prevention advisors to make decisions quickly on the basis of the legal information (including Safety Scan, Enviroscan, Office Scan and Dangerous Goods Manager). Kluwer also markets the software product Square, an online management system in the area of work safety, quality and the environment. Moreover, both companies publish a number of publications on the General Regulations regarding Electrical Installations (GREI). Via the Vinçotte Academy, Vinçotte is also the market leader in offering technical training courses and each year reaches 12,000 highly-specialised students with its knowledge.

One can already see the first concrete results of the collaboration. Kluwer and Vinçotte are together developing a number of new editions of the GREI (General Regulations regarding Electrical Installations): a pocket manual, two loose-leaf editions (a 3-part and a 10-part version) and a CD-ROM. Vinçotte is providing the commentary on the legislation and the practical information, Kluwer is handling the production and commercialisation of these publications.

“Kluwer and Vinçotte have extensive knowledge of this specific market and the needs of these professionals. Vinçotte possesses substantial expertise and practical experience, while Kluwer has the technological platforms and the know-how to create and commercialise products. By combining our strengths, we can offer a range of products and services which is even better attuned to these professionals,” says Henri Van Engelen, Chief Executive Officer of Kluwer in Belgium.

“This strategic cooperation, where two market leaders join forces in order to further develop a highly competitive market in a complementary manner, also expresses the determination of our company to concentrate even more on the quality of our competences and develop them in the most efficient way. After all, the difference in the market is achieved on the basis of our quality,” says Rik Van Aerschot, Chief Executive Officer of Vinçotte.

In addition, the two companies will collaborate on developing innovative information products which help installers and professionals to perform their day-to-day tasks and allow them to work more efficiently and save time. For example, they will now be jointly offering specialised training courses on quality, safety and the environment. As a global solution provider, Vinçotte has a wealth of in-house know-how. Bundled with the expertise of Kluwer Opleidingen, this translates into top-quality training courses.

About Kluwer (Belgium)
Kluwer is the market leader in solution-oriented information services to professionals in several specialised areas (legal, fiscal, financial, government and management). It offers a wide range of products and services such as electronic workflow tools on CD-ROM, online databases, internet services, loose-leaf publications, books, newsletters, magazines, training and software. Kluwer forms part of Wolters Kluwer (LTRE) and has around 800 employees. More information at

About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer Legal, Tax & Regulatory Europe (LTRE) is a department of Wolters Kluwer and focuses on the growth potential of six customer segments: legal; fiscal/financial; human resources; public & government administration; health, safety & environment (HSE); and transport. With a strong representation in 18 countries, Wolters Kluwer Legal, Tax & Regulatory Europe has an annual turnover (2005) of €1,292 million and employs around 7,800 people. Wolters Kluwer has an annual turnover (2005) of €3.4 billion, employs around 18,400 people throughout the world and is active in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. More information at

About Vinçotte
Vinçotte is market leader and leading service-providing company in the field of inspections, control, advice and training concerning quality, safety and the environment. Vinçotte is a conglomerate of several companies which focuses in a targeted and specialised manner on the various industrial and residential markets. The group achieves a consolidated turnover of € 132 million, employs 1750 people and has worldwide establishments which perform activities on all continents. Its operating headquarters is located in Vilvoorde, Belgium. More information at


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