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Springer Media acquires Dutch Health Portfolio from Reed Business Netherlands

Media company enriches imprint Bohn Stafleu van Loghum with additional strong brands

London | Heidelberg, 4 August 2015

The board of Springer Media announced today the intended acquisition of the Dutch healthcare publishing activities of Reed Business Netherlands. The portfolio consists of Dutch language books, events and magazines for healthcare professionals.

Springer Media, part of Springer Nature, publishes Dutch language professional and educational content under the Bohn Stafleu van Loghum (BSL) imprint. BSL supports professionals in healthcare in their daily practice and life-long learning.

Yvonne Campfens, Managing Director of Springer Media: “By combining and enhancing our own portfolio with Reed Business Netherlands’ health portfolio we can develop an improved offering for professionals, students and institutions, both in print and online and through events. Authors, editors and societies will thus have a broader base, which also stands firmly for the longer term. It’s exciting to be at the forefront of transformation within the healthcare market as our publishing business continues to evolve in this era of transition from print to print plus digital dissemination of content.”

The intended acquisition includes the book publishing activities for the (para) medical educational market, including Studiecloud, and Schrijven leer je Zo. Also included are events for healthcare professionals and management, coupled with the following titles: Nursing, Tijdschrift voor Verzorgenden (TvV), Tijdschrift voor verpleegkundig experts (TvZ), Zorgvisie, Zorg+Welzijn, Sociaal Bestek, Activiteitensector, Kinderopvang and Management Kinderopvang.

All 40 affected Reed Business Netherlands employees will take up employment with Springer Media, based in Houten, upon receipt of the advice of the Works Councils and completion of the transaction.

Rob Kolkman, CEO Reed Business Netherlands: “Our portfolio is increasingly moving from digital content to decision-making tools. In line with this strategy, Reed Business Netherlands is focussing on delivering data and information solutions to professional customers across international industries. These health publishing activities focus primarily on the Dutch business to business market. We are convinced that in Springer Media we have found a new owner with a solid reputation where these publishing activities have a natural, strategic fit.”

Derk Haank, CEO of Springer Nature, which Springer Media is part of: "This acquisition will enable us to help researchers, students, teachers and professionals to discover more and, ultimately, to advance healthcare and science."

About Springer Media
Springer Media, part of Springer Nature, is a dynamic media company that focuses on healthcare, with a long history as a medical publisher, serving students, healthcare professionals and health care management. Home to the strong imprint, Bohn Stafleu of Loghum (www.bsl.nl), Springer Media offers Dutch language professional and educational content and services during formal education, practice, and practice management. It also provides bespoke medical content, CME and innovative communication solutions for the Benelux market through its Springer Healthcare brand.

About Springer Nature
Springer Nature is a major new force in scientific, scholarly, professional and educational publishing. By using its combined expertise, scale and the reach of our brands, the company aims to grow and innovate in order to better serve academic researchers, students, teachers, institutions, professionals and the wider public, by helping them discover more. Springer Nature was created through the combination of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media in May 2015. This strategic merger brought together these dynamic publishing houses with more than 150 years of history behind them, as well as complementary geographic footprints and brand portfolios, a track record of creativity and innovation, and a shared vision to advance knowledge and learning around the world. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries and has a turnover of EURO 1.5 billion. 

About Reed Business Netherlands
Reed Business Netherlands is part of Reed Business Information. Reed Business Information provides information and online data services to business professionals worldwide. Customers have access to our high-value industry data, analytics, information and tools. Our strong global brands hold market-leading positions across a wide range of industry sectors including banking, petrochemicals and aviation where we help customers make key strategic decisions every day. Reed Business Information is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

About RELX Group
RELX Group is a world‐leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries. The group employs about 28,500 people of whom half are in North America. RELX PLC, the London Stock Exchange listed shareholding vehicle, holds 52.9% of the shares in RELX Group. RELX NV, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange listed shareholding vehicle, holds 47.1% of the shares in RELX Group. The shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX and RENX. The total market capitalisation is approximately £22bn/€31bn.

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