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bibliotheca launch strategic partnership for South Korean market

bibliotheca today announces an exciting new strategic partnership that will bring the breadth of their library solutions directly to the South Korean market.

Continuing with its focus on the international expansion of library solutions, bibliotheca today announces a new strategic partnership with the former Executive leadership team of Korean-based ECO that will bring the extensive range of bibliotheca products and services direct to the South Korean market. Mr JongMin Lee, Mr Seung Cheol Kim and Mr Geon Hee Han, all formally of ECO Co. Ltd. will lead bibliotheca South Korea – an organisation that will exclusively distribute the complete bibliotheca library solution set.

Working under a unique brand partnership, bibliotheca will licence the use of its brand, physical products and software directly to allow the new company to present a complete end-to-end solution for libraries in South Korea. In addition, the company will gain access to the full set of bibliotheca API and developer tools, allowing the local team to provide complete flexibility and customisation capabilities to their partners and direct customers.

Mr JongMin Lee, CEO of bibliotheca Korea commented, “Our new team has over 15 years experience in the South Korean library market and we are excited to launch this venture with bibliotheca as the market leader in the world. Via our extensive network of sales partners throughout South Korea, we are confident that the bibliotheca services will provide a compelling solution to libraries throughout the country.”

Dr Simon Plankenhorn, bibliotheca Group Managing Director added, “This partnership represents a unique opportunity for the Group to support the South Korean market, in-line with our long term ambition to develop activities in Asia. We have full confidence in the experienced management team to deliver the high standards that the bibliotheca brand and services demands and create a truly unique offering for libraries in the region.”

The new company, which will trade under the name bibliotheca Co. Ltd., will be formed as of 1st November 2014 and will deliver first customer orders from 1st January 2015.

About bibliotheca
bibliotheca is dedicated to the development of solutions that help libraries connect with users in unique ways and provide engaging experiences, allowing them to continually evolve their library services for the changing needs of their communities. Their products are designed to provide a welcoming, intuitive and seamless environment for those that use the library – wherever they choose to use it - be that at home, on the move or within the library itself.

With over 30,000 libraries as part of their family, they have installed and continue to support more than 10,000 self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 Automated Materials Handling (sorter) systems. In addition, the cloudLibrary™ digital platform powers eBook and eAudiobook lending at a further 3,000 libraries.

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