Plastic materials database now in five languages

Paul Boughton

IDES Inc, which is described as a search engine and informational resource for plastic materials, now provides its Prospector database of plastic material datasheets in five languages: German, Spanish, French, Chinese and English.
Mike Kmetz, president of IDES, states: "Over the past few years, we have realised a tremendous growth in the number of plastics professionals from Asia and Europe that rely on Prospector to access material datasheets. To help our customers more effectively select plastic materials and reference technical information about polymers, our datasheet services are now available in their native languages."
There are more than 300,000 people subscribed to the IDES Prospector search engine; 50 per cent are from North America, approximately 25 per cent are from Europe and 25 per cent from Asia. Last year, they accessed 3.2million datasheets averaging 265,000 datasheets per month, which was a 33 per cent increase over 2008.
Kmetz adds: "We have been able to leverage translations of our database to the product information management services we provide for resin manufacturers and distributors, which allows them to display the technical data about their materials on their website in various languages."
Additional languages are expected to become available throughout 2010.
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