There's no doubting that Thomas Publishing issues product,
service, and supplier information guides for industrial buyers
worldwide. The company offers print, CD-ROM, and Web-based content,
such as directories, buying guides, product news magazines,
software guides, and product information exchanges. Its Thomas
Industrial Network subsidiary produces ThomasNet.com, connecting
buyers (engineers, facility managers, and purchasers) to sellers
(distributors, manufacturers, and service providers) worldwide.
Other brands include Inbound Logistics magazine and MADE2SPEC
network for custom manufacturers. Thomas Publishing is owned and
managed by the family of Harvey Mark Thomas, who founded the
company in 1898.
Thomas Publishing provides marketing research services, direct
marketing lists, and software development services. In addition to
ThomasNet, the Thomas Industrial Network unit offers an online
technology platform, the Navigator Platform, which allows clients
to manage data. In addition, its Inbound Logistics publication
offers logistics and supply chain management information.
The company's Thomas International Publishing unit produces
nearly 20 publications in nine languages, including about a dozen
industrial magazines and 15 websites. Another international
business, IEN Worldwide, provides global advertising
Its Thomas International Publishing Company produces
publications in major markets around the world. The company has
offices in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Turkey, and Singapore, as
well as in Europe.
The company has used partnerships to grow its business. In 2013
it formed. In 2013 Thomas Publishing moved to expand its offerings
for global trade professionals by forming a partnership with
Panjiva. Users of Panjiva's online platform are international
buyers seeking US supplier partners. The partnership builds on the
services provided by the ThomasNet platform.