IEEE Acquires GlobalSpec and Engineering360

News, data, and analytics resources broaden the organization’s offerings

9 May 2016

IEEE has acquired GlobalSpec and its Engineering360 platform from IHS. GlobalSpec is a search engine and a leading source of news, data, and analytics for the engineering and technical community. The platform has more than 8 million registered users. Renamed IEEE GlobalSpec Inc., the for-profit subsidiary and its 145 employees will remain in East Greenbush, N.Y., near Albany.

IEEE GlobalSpec is used to research, compare, and price components. Its database has about 95 million technical documents, 200 million data sheets, 200,000 suppliers, 82,000 product announcements, 63,000 catalogs, and 835 specification guides. The material is aimed at industry-based engineers, technical professionals, manufacturers, distributors, and service providers involved in technical research, product design, and purchasing. The company publishes e-newsletters for those sectors as well.

Users can research industry standards and patent information, find reference materials, and review product data sheets. The company also offers webinars and online forums where technical professionals collaborate, plus a full suite of marketing tools and products.

“IEEE GlobalSpec solidifies our leadership position by broadening our product offerings and expertly diversifying our appeal to the global technology community,” IEEE President Barry L. Shoop says. “We are committed to our mission of advancing technology for humanity, and we believe the synergistic benefits created through this acquisition—across content, standards, and communities—will better serve the needs of our members, professions, and customers."

“IEEE GlobalSpec delivers an unparalleled depth and quality of highly relevant content critical to the worldwide technical community,” IEEE Executive Director E. James Prendergast says. “IEEE GlobalSpec is destined to drive new research efficiencies and productivity opportunities for academic and corporate users by harnessing powerful insights and expert analysis, from specifications to expert marketplace analysis.”

IEEE announced the acquisition on 29 April in a news release.

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