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SDL International

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SDL plc is a global company with headquarters based in Maidenhead, UK that provides language localization services and translation and content management software

1992 The Company was founded by Mark Lancaster with nine employees.

1996 It opened its first overseas office in France.

1999 First listed on the London Stock Exchange

SDL acquired International Translation & Publishing (ITP) in 2000, Alpnet in 2001, and the machine translation (MT) assets of Transparent Language in 2001.

It bought Trados, a rival translation memory (TM) developer, in 2005.

In 2007, the company acquired Tridion, a content management system vendor, and PASS Engineering, developers of PASSOLO software.

In 2008, it bought Idiom Technologies, a global information system management business.

At the start of 2010, SDL acquired Fredhopper, a Dutch eCommerce search and navigation software vendor. Later that same year, it bought Xopus, another Dutch company and the leader in online XML editing.

In the first half of 2011 SDL acquired Dutch-based Media Asset Management company, Calamares

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