Translations are key for Alnwick company

Sarah Cross, who oversees the operations of the in-house translations department and project management teams at Eclipse.
Sarah Cross, who oversees the operations of the in-house translations department and project management teams at Eclipse.

An Alnwick company has completed a major exercise to translate large volumes of technical data into six languages, including Vietnamese and Korean, for North East marine, protective and offshore coatings specialists Safinah.

Eclipse Translations, based at Lionheart Enterprise Park, was tasked with translating 300,000 words of material, safety data sheets and product information relating to marine coatings and protection, including product descriptions, characteristics, recommended uses and performance characteristics.

The project, which took just eight weeks to complete, included translation, editing and typesetting of the technical data sheets into Norwegian, Korean, Vietnamese, French, German and Dutch.

Dave Van Looy, of Eclipse Translations, which is a member of business development organisation NOF Energy, said: “We provide services for small and medium-sized businesses, larger companies and government organisations in the UK and abroad, but it is always satisfying to successfully work with a local company.”

Marine and protective coatings experts Safinah, based in Morpeth, offer specialised services which are complex and highly technical.

Eclipse Translations was able to address the requirements of the brief by utilising specialist translators, who each go through rigorous assessment. A small team of translators with high-quality technical and engineering experience performed the tasks of translating the Safinah documentation from English.

Dave said: “All our translators’ work is further edited and proofread before being handed on to clients who check it with their own in-country contacts as an additional safeguard on accuracy.

“We received excellent feedback from Safinah after this process, which as translators we are always very happy to receive.”