RWS Holdings plc provides technology-enabled language, content management, and intellectual property (IP) services. It operates through four segments: Language Services, Regulated Industries, IP Services, and Language and Content Technology. The Language Services segment provides language services and helps clients to create, translate, and deliver content in approximately 250 languages. The Regulated Industries segment offers a full suite of language services, including language solutions for clinical trial management, linguistic validation of clinical outcomes assessments, insurance, retail, commercial and investment banking, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation services. The IP Services segment provides patent translation and filing services, as well as a range of IP search services. The Language and Content Technology segment offers language technology and artificial intelligence solutions that enables enterprises to create, manage, translate, and automate content in various languages; and content management technology support services. It serves automotive, energy, retail and e-commerce, legal, travel and hospitality, leisure, finance, industrial and manufacturing, life sciences, high-tech software, chemical, media, aerospace and defense, managed care, telecom, and government sectors. The company primarily operates in the United Kingdom, the United States, Continental Europe, and internationally. RWS Holdings plc was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Chalfont St Peter, the United Kingdom.
The company was created in 1982 from a merger between M.H. Randall & Partners and Woolcott & Co . In 2005 it acquired Eclipse Translations, a company formed in December 1996. In 2015 it acquired Corporate Translations Inc. , a Connecticut-based life sciences translation and linguistic validation provider for a $70 million in cash. Then in 2017, the company acquired LUZ, Inc., a US-based life sciences language services provider for $82.5 million: the company raised £40 million of the consideration by issuing 12.1m ordinary shares with the rest funded by a $26.3 million banking facility from Barclays.In 2017, RWS purchased Czech-based localization provider Moravia for $320m, more than doubling the size of the group.On 4 November 2020, RWS completed an all-share combination with major competitor SDL, creating the world's largest technology and language services provider. The transaction was valued at approximately £854 million.
At RWS we help to create, protect and manage our customers’ valued Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). We aspire to provide superior customer service, language expertise and a supporting structure that enables our customers to maximize their global reach and benefit from growth opportunities around the world.
To be the leader in providing IP solutions, language services and life sciences solutions to all of our clients.
Mr. Thomas Labarthe (Pres of Language Services & Technology)
Mr. Jon Hart (Pres of Regulated Industries)
Ms. Maria Schnell (Chief Language Officer)
Mr. Terry Doyle (Chief Information Officer)
Ms. Jane C. Hyde (Gen. Counsel & Company Sec.)
Mr. Christopher Lewey (Group Corp. Devel. Director)
Mr. Jim McHugh (Chief People Officer)
Recognition and Awards
RWS has been recognized as the best Language Service Provider in the Global Vision Awards for three consecutive years, as well as being shortlisted for the European Business Awards in 2019.