"A greater range of typographic solutions."?
Monotype Imaging Inc., based in Woburn, MA, has acquired Linotype GmbH, the 120-year-old German developer of font technology and home of the Linotype Library, whose collection includes more than 6000 original typefaces, including Helvetica, Optima, and Frutiger, and more than 2500 fonts in the OpenType format. Linotype also offers comprehensive and individual consultation and support services for font applications in worldwide (corporate) communication.
The acquisition aligns and enhances the passions and visions of the two companies, says Robert M. Givens, Monotype’s president and CEO: "The combination of Linotype’s extensive, high-quality typeface library and Monotype Imaging’s font-technology offerings and global distribution strengths will provide customers a greater range of typographic solutions for use in printers, display devices, and the graphic-arts professional market. Together, the companies aim to fulfill the increasingly sophisticated font requirements of consumer-electronics markets such as the mobile-phone segment."
"Monotype Imaging and Linotype have forged solid partnerships with typeface designers to create what we believe to be a dynamic marketing and distribution channel," says Allan Haley, director of words and letters at Monotype. "Together, we want to further strengthen this channel and encourage users to respect the hard work that goes into creating typefaces. We’re seeing vibrant new designs every day - a sign that this community is thriving. We intend to do all we can to help it stay that way."
Linotype will continue as Linotype GmbH, and be under the leadership of Bruno Steinert, managing director.