IHS Acquires USA Information Systems

Customer Choice and Global Reach Expanded for Industry Standards and Codes, Logistics Support, Parts Management and Integrated Content


Monday, September 20, 2004 12:00 am EDT


"Not only will our product offerings complement one another, this provides us with the resources to focus on what we do best — product development and innovation. As a result, we can continue to supply the complete, integrated content that our customers need."

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., and VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Information Handling Services Inc. (IHS – www.ihs.com), the leading international provider of content integration and decision support tools, technical standards, codes and product specifications, parts management and logistics solutions, today announced that it has acquired USA Information Systems, Inc. (USAInfo - www.usainfo.com). The move augments the world’s largest published collection of engineering standards, military specs and parts logistics solutions from IHS, which has served worldwide engineering communities and customers for nearly 45 years.

“This acquisition is about industry leadership and customer choice,” said Charles Picasso, president and COO, IHS. “USAInfo has a successful track record of product innovation and customer focus and will be a complement to our existing logistics and government document products and services. We look forward to their continued contributions within IHS. No matter the scope and scale of a customer’s content integration and parts logistics requirement, IHS has the optimized solution.”

Under the agreement, the former USAInfo operations will continue in Virginia Beach, Va. and become part of the IHS brand, delivering essential technical documents and specifications, procurement, parts and vendor information to buyers, suppliers, designers, librarians and engineers worldwide. All IHS documents, catalogs and integrated content are available to customers in online, electronic or print format by subscription, custom collection or single-document delivery methods.

“We are excited what the promise of joining IHS means for our customers,” said Stephen Murdock, president and cofounder, USAInfo. “Not only will our product offerings complement one another, this provides us with the resources to focus on what we do best — product development and innovation. As a result, we can continue to supply the complete, integrated content that our customers need.”

USAInfo cofounder Mark Gresalfi agreed, “This acquisition gives us the resources we previously lacked to pursue the research and development our customers requested. As part of IHS, we now can supply content integration and custom solutions at a much higher level.”

In collaboration with over 450 of the world’s leading Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) and select partners worldwide, IHS delivers:

• 1.3 million standards and specifications
• 800,000 technical documents
• 150 million part records
• 25 million procurement history records
• 9 million national stock numbers (current and historical)
• 500,000+ expanded supplier profiles
• Nearly 600,000 manufacturer catalogs

IHS customers span myriad industries including aerospace & aviation, architecture/engineering/construction, automotive, electronics & electrical, government & military, petrochemical & energy, telecommunications and utilities.

About USAInfo

USA Information Systems, Inc. (www.usainfo.com), located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, provides mission-critical information on parts, vendors, and technical specifications for Buyers, Suppliers, and Engineers worldwide. USAInfo established itself as a preferred source of the Aerospace, Electronics, and Defense industries by delivering a consistently high standard of technology, performance, service, and value. The expansive databases of detailed Parts information, Supplier profiles, and Technical documentation are accessible when and where you need them, in a format that is adaptable to your existing and future requirements.

About IHS

U.S.-based IHS® (www.ihs.com) is the worldwide leader in developing and implementing engineering, technical and regulatory information solutions for customers in over 100 countries. IHS produces comprehensive collections of technical codes and standards, safety publications, design guidelines, vendor and logistics/parts information, and software tools. IHS solutions include Internet, DVD/CD-ROM subscriptions and customized solutions such as information portals and systems integration. Individual standards and publications are available via the company’s retail arm, Global Engineering Documents®. IHS is part of IHS Group, which employs more than 2,300 people worldwide and serves the vital information needs of customers across the world’s engineering, technical, business and professional sectors. IHS is a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting and is a proud sponsor of ColoradoFIRST™, a youth-focused Science & Technology program, which promotes teamwork and cultivates the technical aptitude of future engineers.

For more information on IHS products and services, visit www.ihs.com.

IHS and the IHS logo are registered trademarks of IHS Group, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2004 IHS Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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