Medications have curative and therapeutic powers in the field of healthcare. In other words, as translators we must be responsible for the important information we are dealing with when translating in the field of medicine.

Treatments have a specific purpose and can produce adverse side effects. So, the translator’s job in this context is also linked to promoting health.

Specialization in healthcare translation

Our profession has various areas of specialization and the translation of texts on medications is one of those that currently offers the most professional outlets. It also has great potential for the future as health is one of the aims of social well-being.

Any patient who is taking a medicine must carefully read the information on the leaflet, since they need to be informed about the product they are going to be taking. For this reason, the translator’s job is to provide this information in easy-to-read language, while still keeping it professional.

Specialization in medical translation

Specialization in medical translation

Our work gives us the satisfaction, not only of using our basic skills to perfection, but also of feeling part of a context as valued and important as medicine, since medications are cures or palliatives that improve people’s quality of life. The power of language is crucial in this sector too!

This profession is very demanding due to its importance and its consequences. For this reason, it is essential for an expert to specialize in this sector so as to be able to do the work with the required accuracy. An error in the language used in the text could lead to serious consequences.

This specialization is vital, since an expert handles complex data, such as the brand names of pharmaceutical companies, acronyms that must be identified, information on products in different formats, chemical and scientific terminology, etc. For this reason, to do this job responsibly and safely, it is advisable for the translator to have the proper training.

If medical and pharmaceutical language is complex in and of itself, it is even worse for those who have no training in this field. This work also involves a cultural knowledge of a particular environment. The translator must have the best possible knowledge of the words and the language used in this medical setting.

It is also necessary to be aware that, given this complex terminology, the patients can often have difficulty in understanding all the information in the leaflet on the conditions of use. For this reason, the work of the translator is to be a facilitator, providing comprehensible information on healthcare.

Professional translation service

SeproTec has offered a high-quality service providing reliable, accurate translations covering all areas of healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices for over 25 years.

The translation team is made up of linguists with wide-ranging experience in the sector and professionals from the medical and/or chemicals sector who specialize in translation. They must all undertake 5 test projects before being approved by the SeproTec team.

Our project managers are specialists in all areas of healthcare and in the comprehensive management of all stages of product development, from research and regulatory processes through to marketing and future updates to a medicinal product.

 

 

 

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Los medicamentos tienen un poder curativo y terapéutico en el ámbito de la salud. Es decir, como traductores debemos ser responsables con la importancia de los datos que tratamos cuando ejercemos nuestra profesión en el área de la medicina.

Los tratamientos tienen una finalidad específica, pueden producir efectos secundarios adversos. Por tanto, la labor del intérprete en este contexto también conecta con la promoción de la salud.

Especialización en traducción sanitaria

Nuestra profesión tiene distintos ámbitos de especialización y la traducción de medicamentos es una de las que más salidas profesionales ofrece en el presente. También tiene un gran potencial de futuro dado que la salud es un objetivo social de bienestar.

Cualquier paciente que toma una medicina debe leer con detenimiento la información expresada en el prospecto, puesto que debe informarse sobre el producto que va a tomar. Por esta razón, la labor del traductor es facilitar estos datos de un modo cercano y en un lenguaje próximo, aunque siempre profesional.

Las especialización en la traducción de medicamentos

Las especialización en la traducción de medicamentos

Con nuestro trabajo, podemos experimentar la satisfacción no solo de realizar con excelencia nuestra propia competencia básica, sino también, de sentirnos partícipes de un contexto tan valorado e importante como el médico, puesto que las medicinas son curativas o paliativas y mejoran la calidad de vida de las personas. ¡El poder del lenguaje también es determinante en este sector!

Este ejercicio profesional es muy exigente por su importancia y sus consecuencias. Por esta razón, es esencial que el experto se haya especializado en este sector para poder realizar su labor con la precisión requerida. Un error de lenguaje en la materia puede tener consecuencias graves.

Esta especialización es fundamental, puesto que el experto maneja datos complejos como marcas comerciales de farmacéuticas, siglas que debe identificar, información sobre productos de distinto formato, terminología química y científica… Por esta razón, para realizar este trabajo con responsabilidad y seguridad es conveniente que el traductor tenga la formación requerida.

Si el lenguaje médico y farmacéutico ya es complejo por sí mismo, todavía lo es más para aquellas personas que no tienen una formación contextualizada en este campo. Este trabajo también implica el conocimiento cultural de un entorno determinado. Cualquier traductor debe tener un máximo conocimiento de las palabras y del lenguaje contextualizado en este marco medicinal.

Además, hay que tener en cuenta que esta complejidad léxica es habitual también para el propio paciente que puede tener dificultades para comprender todos los datos de un prospecto en relación con las condiciones de uso. Por esta razón, la labor del traductor es ser un facilitador en esta información de comunicación sobre cuidados de salud.

Servicio de traductores profesionales

SeproTec proporciona un servicio de calidad que ofrece traducciones fiables y precisas en todos los ámbitos de la salud, el sector farmacéutico y dispositivos médicos, desde hace más de 25 años.

El equipo de traductores está formado por lingüistas con amplia experiencia en el sector o por profesionales del sector médico y/o químico especializados en traducción. Todos ellos deben realizar 5 proyectos de prueba antes de ser homologados por el equipo de SeproTec.

Nuestros gestores de proyecto, especializados en el área médica, trabajan en la gestión integral de todas las etapas de desarrollo del producto, desde la fase de investigación y los procesos regulatorios hasta la comercialización posteriores actualizaciones del medicamento.

 

 

 

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We have a great pleasure to introduce the second winner of the Translator of the Month action at SeproTec.

As a way to say Thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals: translators, the driving force behind every translation company’s success, the initiative has been launched in September.

Meet Elisa Sanchez del Campo, our November Translator of the Month and read our interview with her.

 

  1. What do you start your day with?

I usually start the day with a warm cup of tea. I enjoy drinking a cup of tea while reading the national and international press. From the beginning of my translation career, I realized that it is essential to be well informed about what is going on in the world as we need to deal with different types of texts which sometimes require a big cultural background in order to provide an accurate translation.

 

  1. When did you realize you wanted to pursue translation career?

When I finished school, I wasn’t quite sure of what I wanted to do. I had always been good at languages but didn’t have enough information about the degree in translation and the future of the profession. Once I had a deeper knowledge of the role of translators and after living in Ireland for a while where I improved my language skills in English, I decided to return to Spain to start the translation degree. To me, the most appealing thing was the possibility of becoming a bridge of understanding between two completely different cultures.

 

  1. What in your opinion are the biggest challenges of the Spanish translation industry?

Nowadays, we work in a globalized world in which there is great competition. That is why we must improve constantly our translations skills and keep up to date on all aspects related to our profession. Our greatest challenge is not to be left behind and continue improving every day.

 

  1. What do you enjoy about working with SeproTec?

Working with the staff. It is always nice to work with Seprotec PMs. Communication is very simple and this makes our job as translators much easier. Seprotec is also involved in many projects related to current affairs that are very interesting because they allow you to be updated with all the latest news in the world.

 

  1. Human Translation vs Machine Translation – what do you think?

We live in the Information Age. Technology plays an essential role in our lives as translators. Machine translation is one of the challenges of our time. I believe that MT can facilitate the translator’s task, but I think that the current engines are not powerful enough to generate translations of the highest quality that can match human translations.

 

Thank you Elisa! Working with you is a real pleasure. Enjoy the SeproTec hoodie  :)

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As a way to say Thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals: translators, the driving force behind every translation company’s success, SeproTec has just launched a new initiative: Translator of the Month. The idea was born in September, the month in which we celebrate the International Translation Day. The main point is to choose a supplier that was highlighted for some reason: a superior quality of their work, the attitude, the key participation in a specific project or any other reason that we at SeproTec consider important.

The first winner of the Translator of the Month contest is María José Garibotto chosen by our Vendor Managers with a little help from the Project Managers.

Congratulations, María José!

And here are some Q&A’s that we’d like to share with you:

What do you start your day with?

I used to jump from my bed and check my emails even before washing my face; now I try to have breakfast with my 2-year old daughter and refrain from checking my emails every two minutes. I usually don’t succeed at all!

When did you realize you wanted to pursue translation career?

For me, choosing to study translation was just something that felt natural. I had been studying English since I was a child (my mom being an English teacher), I had attended a German school – also by chance – and I had been studying Italian for a while.

I soon realized that I had not only a passion for languages but also for translating. You may wonder what I like about spending hours in front of a text and “retyping” it in a different language, well, I like the fact that I can learn a lot about the language itself but also about other interesting subjects, whether medical, IT, marketing, tourism, sciences, travel…  

What in your opinion are the biggest challenges translation industry is facing nowadays?

As a freelancer, nowadays the competition is brutal. Even getting the opportunity to prove one’s work is very difficult. On the other hand, the translation industry is quite unknown for most people until they happen to need a translation. I call it a “ghost industry”. People have no idea on how important a good translation is or even that there is a translation industry. Having to explain a translation process to a client has been a great challenge lately.

What do you enjoy about working with SeproTec?

SeproTec has interesting projects. Their PMs are great and their communication is clear and precise. They are readily available to solve any issues. And last but not least, payments are on time! :-)

 What´s your favourite book?

I am afraid I don’t have one favourite book. I try to read books in their original language because I usually find myself looking for mistakes in the translations and imagining what the author tried to say and how the translator transcribed it. The shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot!

Thank you, María José, and congratulations once again! We hope you enjoy wearing the SeproTec hoodie :-)

 

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Our Great Christmas Story…

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This Christmas at SeproTec, we want to write a story with you! A story that has a beginning, but we don’t know how it will end. A story that we will all write together and each day it will get longer and longer! And for each and every written word, we will make a 0.05 USD donation to Translators without Borders.

This story will be greater thanks to you!

Go to: http://seprotec.com/our_great_xmas_story/ and continue the story with us!

 

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The work of interpreters is increasingly valuable and in ever greater demand. It can be found in many areas of life: from concerts, congresses, exhibitions, and guided tours to the rebroadcast of basketball games in another language, and behind the scenes there is always a professional interpreter to ensure you do not miss one detail of what is happening.

Using the services of an interpreter is much more common than you would imagine. Not only are their services required for conferences attended by a large number of people who do not share a common language, they are even requested for civil marriage ceremonies.

Interpreting Services

Types of meetings and events at which interpreting services tend to be used

There are currently many types of events that make use of interpreting, including the following:

Meetings with a large number of attendees These tend to be large congresses dealing with scientific or technical information, with large audiences, that last several days, and have a varied program. Talks and discussions are organized using all types of communication, usually with a very dense content.

Seminars. These are very technical meetings that focus on one specific topic and in which, even if they have a very simple structure, a wide variety of information can be exchanged in the discussions.

International Organizations Meetings organized by work groups or committees, in which there tends to be a clear but lengthy agenda, normally accompanied by documents or slide presentations. After a short introduction, most of the time is spent on discussion, comments and clarification of the topic in question.

Political debates. These are held in the parliaments of countries or regions with more than one official language, such as the EU headquarters in Brussels. They tend to be characterized by a need to know the political ideology, which has considerable legal and procedural content.

Radio and television: Discussions or interviews broadcast on the TV or radio with the participation of foreign celebrities. Often, these same communications media request interpreting services for complete speeches or fragments of speeches to be used in news programs. The content to be interpreted centers around the opinions of the interviewees.

Negotiations. The number of participants is limited and they should know how far they are prepared to go. Everyone must understand the position of the two sides, there are many figures and a lot of terminology, depending on the area of the negotiations. They can be interrupted by breaks for consultation.

Visits or official events. These tend to be short, formal meetings involving ministers, heads of states, advisers, ambassadors, etc. and participants from other countries. At official meetings, and at some meals, interpreters tend to be requested for the conversations that take place between two participants and, obviously, for the official statements.

Press conferences. In this case, the interpreter acts as a bridge between the journalists who ask the questions and the person answering them. The latter can be a sportsperson, a politician, an artist, etc. Normally, these are high-profile public figures.

Official dinners. At this type of event, all the different modes of interpreting are used: from simultaneous interpreting with technical equipment on occasions, consecutive interpreting for official statements or speeches from the podium, to liaison interpreting between two people at the same table. These events are characterized by their official register, the use of quotations, and even at times a humorous style.

Technical courses. These are meetings at which the flow of information is generally one-directional and very technical, so that it is very important to prepare beforehand.

Public Services. From statements at a police station to interpreting entire trials, civil marriages, to helping patients or the emergency services, such as 911. The content is very varied so it is important for the interpreter to have some knowledge of the law or current legislation, be up-to-date on the terminology used, and have good self-control and not get stressed out.

 

Information is power

When interpreting, whether at a conference or for public services, it is necessary to keep in mind the technical and technological aspects as well as the language-related ones. The more information given to the interpreter, the better the job will be done. What information is useful to an interpreter? In addition to the number of languages and booths, the name of the colleague the booth is to be shared with for simultaneous interpreting and the agenda for the meeting, the following information should be provided:

Format of the meeting in which the interpreter will be involved. Although interpreters are very flexible, if they know the dynamics of the event in advance, they will be able to adapt their communication style to the meeting more easily. This dynamic determines the amount of preparation, the tone, and the register used by the interpreter.

Mode of interpreting. The format of the meeting tends to decide the mode of interpreting that will be used. Each mode has its own difficulties and much of the success of a session lies in choosing the right interpreter for the mode being employed.

Nature of the event. A paper on a medical discovery is not the same as an international sales meeting or a civil marriage ceremony. Each has its own special characteristics and involves different up-front preparation.

Technological aspects to be taken into account. It is a wise decision to introduce the interpreter to the technological aids that will be used. The booth or infoport, the types of microphones available, the videoconferencing software, etc.

Topic to be dealt with and reference material. Choosing the interpreter according to the topic to be dealt with is also important as there are some very technical subjects for which not all professionals are trained. Being prepared is an essential part of the job of interpreting. A copy of the presentations, reference material from the speakers; all this information is useful. With it, the interpreter can document and review the terminology needed for the project.

 

The best professional interpreters

A knowledge of general culture, the ability to concentrate, resistance to stress, and mental agility are some of the abilities of good interpreters, as well as an excellent knowledge of their working languages.

At SeproTec we have the best professionals, so that your meeting can be a success. We guarantee the professionalism and flexibility of the work done. With our exceptional track record in the translation and interpreting sector, and a daily average of 450 interpreting sessions, we offer high-quality work in a wide variety of languages, as well as the utmost reliability and service to our clients.

 

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El trabajo de intérprete es cada vez más valorado y demandado. Está presente en muchos ámbitos de la vida: desde un concierto, congreso, exposición, ruta turística guiada, hasta la retransmisión de un partido de baloncesto en otro idioma, siempre hay detrás un profesional de la interpretación para que no pierdas detalle de lo que ocurre.

Recurrir a los servicios de un intérprete es mucho más habitual de lo que puedas imaginar.  No solo se requieren este tipo de servicios en conferencias a las que acude un gran número de personas que no tiene una lengua común, si no que se solicitan incluso para actos de matrimonio civil.

Interpreting Services

Tipos de conferencias y eventos en las que se suele contar con servicio de interpretación

En la actualidad, hay muchos tipos de eventos en los que usamos la interpretación, como por ejemplo las siguientes:

Conferencias de un gran número de participantes. Suelen ser grandes congresos, dedicados al conocimiento y divulgación científica o técnica, con grandes audiencias, una duración de varios días y con una programación variada.   Con comunicaciones de todo tipo, se organizan coloquios o debates cuyo contenido suele ser denso.

Seminarios. Son reuniones muy técnicas, centradas en una temática muy concreta y, aunque tienen una estructura muy sencilla, en ellos se puede cruzar información muy variada en los debates.

Organizaciones internacionales. Reuniones estructuradas en grupos de trabajo o de comisiones, en las que suele llevarse un orden del día claro y abundante y, normalmente, van acompañadas de documentos o presentaciones en diapositivas. Con una breve introducción, la mayor parte del tiempo se dedica al debate, comentarios y aclaraciones sobre el tema tratado.

Debates políticos. Se llevan a cabo en parlamentos de países o regiones con varias lenguas cooficiales, así como en el propio seno de la Unión Europea, en Bruselas. Suelen caracterizarse por tener que conocer la ideología política, con un alto contenido de información jurídica y procesal.

Radio o televisión: Los debates o entrevistas realizados por las televisiones o radios con participación de personalidades extranjeras. En muchas ocasiones estos mismos medios de comunicación solicitan servicios de interpretación para discursos completos o fragmentos de los mismos que utilizan en los servicios de noticias. El contenido a interpretar está en torno a las opiniones de los entrevistados.

Negociaciones. Se limita el número de participantes, que deben conocer hasta dónde están dispuestos a llegar. Todos deben conocer las posiciones de ambos lados, siendo abundantes las cifras y terminología según el ámbito de la negociación. Se pueden ver interrumpidas por recesos para realizar consultas.

Visitas o actos oficiales. Suelen ser reuniones formales y breves de ministros, jefes de Estado, asesores, embajadores, etc, entre diferentes participantes de otros países. En los encuentros oficiales, y en algunas comidas, se suele recurrir a intérpretes durante las conversaciones que tienen lugar entre dos personalidades, y, por descontado en las intervenciones oficiales.

Ruedas de prensa. En estos casos, el intérprete hace de puente entre los periodistas, que formulan sus preguntas, y la persona que responde. Puede tratarse de un deportista, un político, un artista… Habitualmente, personalidades de cierta trascendencia pública.

Comidas oficiales. En este tipo de eventos se practican todas las modalidades de interpretación: desde la simultánea con equipamiento técnico en algunas ocasiones, la consecutiva en intervenciones oficiales o discursos de mesa, hasta la bilateral entre dos comensales de la misma mesa.  En su forma se caracterizan por un registro oficial, con la mención de citas y en ocasiones hasta en tono de humor.

Cursos Técnicos. Se trata de reuniones donde el flujo de información es generalmente unidireccional y de carácter muy técnico, con lo que la preparación previa es importante.

Servicios Públicos. desde declaraciones en comisaría hasta interpretaciones de juicios al completo, matrimonios civiles, pasando por atención a pacientes o en servicios de emergencia, tipo 112.  La naturaleza del contenido es muy variada por lo que es importante que el intérprete tenga ciertos conocimientos jurídicos o sobre la legislación vigente, esté al día en cuanto a la terminología utilizada y posea un buen nivel de control ante el estrés.

 

La información es poder

En interpretación, tanto de conferencia como en servicios públicos, hay que tener en cuenta aspectos técnicos y tecnológicos además de los lingüísticos. Cuanta más información facilitemos al intérprete mejor será el rendimiento de su trabajo. ¿Qué datos son útiles para un intérprete?  Además del número de idiomas y cabinas, del nombre del compañero de cabina si es una simultánea o de la agenda de la reunión, deberíamos de facilitar la siguiente información.

Formato de la reunión en la que intervendrá el intérprete.  Aunque los intérpretes son muy flexibles, si conocen de antemano la dinámica del evento, podrán a adaptar el estilo de comunicación al del encuentro con mayor facilidad.  La dinámica dicta el nivel de preparación, el tono y el registro del intérprete.

Modalidad de interpretación.  El formato de la reunión suele determinar la modalidad de interpretación a utilizar. Cada modalidad tiene su dificultad y gran parte del éxito de una intervención radica en la correcta selección del intérprete según la modalidad elegida.

Naturaleza del evento.  No es lo mismo una ponencia sobre un descubrimiento médico, que una reunión de ventas internacional o que un matrimonio civil. Cada intervención tiene unas características especiales y conlleva una preparación previa diferente.

Aspectos tecnológicos a tener en cuenta. Poner en conocimiento del intérprete los medios tecnológicos con los que contará es una sabia decisión.  Cabina o infoport, tipo de micrófonos a su disposición, herramientas de videoconferencia, etc.

Tema a tratar y material de referencia.  La elección del intérprete según el tema a tratar también tiene su importancia ya que hay temas muy técnicos para los que no todos los profesionales están capacitados.  La preparación previa es una parte fundamental del trabajo de interpretación.  Copia de las presentaciones, material de referencia de los ponentes, toda información es poca.  Con ello el intérprete se documenta y refresca la terminología necesaria para el proyecto.

 

Los mejores profesionales de la interpretación

Conocimientos de cultura general, capacidad de concentración, resistencia al estrés y agilidad mental son algunas de las capacidades de los buenos intérpretes, además del excelente conocimiento de sus idiomas de trabajo.

En SeproTec contamos con los mejores profesionales para que tu conferencia sea un éxito, garantizando la profesionalidad y flexibilidad en el trabajo realizado. Con una contrastada trayectoria en el sector de la traducción e interpretación, y una media diaria de 450 interpretaciones, ofrecemos un trabajo de gran calidad gracias al manejo de múltiples lenguas, además de la mayor seriedad y servicio a nuestros clientes.

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Dora Murgu and Carlos Casalengua were speakers at the Telephone Interpreting Conference organized by the University of Cordoba within the framework of the Galileo University – Company project.

The conference was held in the University of Cordoba Auditorium to a full house, with the participation of Raquel Lázaro from Alcalá de Henares University, Adriana Jaime from Migralingua, and Sandra Jiménez from Interpret Solutions. SeproTec Multilingual Solutions was represented by Dora Murgu and Carlos Casalengua, two experts in telephone interpreting from the Spanish multinational.

SeproTec's presentation at the Telephone Interpreting Conference organized by the UCO

UCO's Translation and Interpreting Student

 

The talk by Murgu and Casalengua was titled “A day in the life of a TeleTranslation Manager” and was quite well received by students of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Cordoba as it also included real-life recordings of the management of telephone interpreting requests, and presented a vision of this service as a potential professional opportunity.

The results of the Galileo project will be published as a monograph on telephone interpreting by the prestigious publishing firm Peter Lang.

As a pioneering company in telephone interpreting management in Spain, we would like to express our thanks to the University of Cordoba, and especially to Doctor Ruiz Mezcua, for organizing this fascinating conference and providing us with the opportunity to share our experience with the educational community.

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Dora Murgu y Carlos Casalengua asistieron, por parte de SeproTec,  como ponentes a las Jornadas de Interpretación Telefónica organizadas por la Universidad de Córdoba en el marco del proyecto Galileo Universidad – Empresa.

Las jornadas, celebradas en el Aula Magna de la UCO, registraron un aforo completo y contaron además con participación de Raquel Lázaro, de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Adriana Jaime, de Migralingua y con Sandra Jiménez, de Interpret Solutions. SeproTec Multilingual Solutions estuvo representada por Dora Murgu y Carlos Casalengua, dos de los expertos en interpretación telefónica de la multinacional española.

La ponencia, impartida por Murgu y Casalengua, titulada “Un día en la vida del Gestor de TeleTraducción”, fue muy bien recibida por los estudiantes de Grado en Traducción e Interpretación de la UCO, ya que además de incluir grabaciones reales de la gestión de solicitudes de interpretación telefónica, ofreció una visión de este servicio como posible salida profesional.

Los resultados del proyecto Galileo se publicarán además en forma de monográfico sobre interpretación telefónica por la prestigiosa editorial Peter Lang.

Como empresa pionera en la gestión de interpretación telefónica en España, desde aquí, agradecemos a la UCO, y en especial a la Dra. Ruiz Mezcua, la organización de estas interesantes jornadas y la oportunidad de compartir nuestra experiencia con la comunidad educativa.

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SeproTec Multilingual Solutions recently inaugurated a new office in Basel, located in the hub of this Swiss city. This new office is part of the multinational translation and interpreting company’s international expansion plan.

Juan Julián León, the company’s CEO, hosted the inauguration and welcomed the firm’s numerous customers, suppliers and friends in attendance at the event, who enjoyed a pleasant cocktail party with Spanish tapas.

The main goal of this new office is to reinforce a key strategic market and personalize the service being provided to customers within this city’s sphere of influence. In 2004, SeproTec Multilingual Solutions commenced an international expansion plan with the opening of its first international office in the United Kingdom. SeproTec is now active in 11 countries with 15 offices and 4 production centers, serving over 900 clients worldwide.

Basel, which is Switzerland’s second largest urban city, has been chosen by SeproTec for the opening of a new office because it is an ideal location for providing service to the company’s existing customers while also offering the potential to attract new customers. The growth and development of the city as a commercial hub, the opportunities for recruiting talent, as well as its location in the heart of Europe, make Basel an important strategic center for the future of SeproTec and the other companies of GrupoSepro.

 

 

 

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