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.
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.
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
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 representation.
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.