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technical translation websites

crate tilting deviceDelmeco is an extraordinary company. They can make, design, install, optimise and manage just about anything from machines, to installations or pulse fishing equipment. This spring I translated their sites from Dutch to English. Each daughter company has its own site.

technical translation
The challenge for me in this project lay in the terminology. When you have to translate words like ‘crate tilting device’ some heavy research is involved. And all the while you have to keep in mind that the translation is not just about these words, but about the text as a whole. The text has to be be rock-solid too.

network recommendations
The way I acquired this job is worth noting. It all started on twitter. Two very sweet and very much appreciated recommendations went out to Nedbase, the party behind the development of the Delmeco sites. Nedbase in their turn recommended me (and several other translators) to Delmeco. It just goes to show that a network without heroes like Elco, Flip and Jaap is no network at all. Thank you so much guys!

The English texts are online now and Delmeco is ready to go international!

more about translations by SBText
check out the English Delmeco sites