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The world's top translation companies by revenue (2020)

Michael Bosson

Author: Michael Bosson
Creative Content Manager, LanguageWire
LinkedIn

The language services and technology industry includes over 18,000 players worldwide, ranging from small translation agencies to global content behemoths. This diverse group of language service providers (LSPs) and translation technology vendors adds up to an industry valued at over USD 49 billion.

This brief post offers one method of analysing the complex language industry by listing the world’s largest LSPs by revenue.

What is the language industry?

Before we rank the top companies in the language industry by revenue, we need to note that this sort of analysis isn’t a precise science.

First, the language industry is rapidly changing. Consolidation and transformation are hot topics for incumbents, while new, technology-driven entrants are shaking up the competitive space. You should view any ranking as a brief snapshot.

Second, as language services and technology evolve, the boundaries between industries become blurred.

It’s generally accepted that the language industry comprises companies, organisations, and individuals involved in translation and related language services and technology that aid in multilingual communication.

The European Union’s Language Industry Platform (LIND) defines the language industry as covering“professionals working in translation, interpreting, subtitling and dubbing, localisation, language technology tools development, international conference organisation, language teaching, and linguistic consultancy.”

This definition still leaves much room for interpretation. Google Translate is probably the most used translation tool in the world. Still, Google isn’t generally considered part of the language industry. There are also writing tools like Grammarly that offer human proofreading as an integrated service. Should they be considered a part of the language industry?

One group that strives to make sense of it all is CSA Research. They have a methodical Fortune 500 approach which ranks the world’s largest global content companies by revenue.

The world’s top translation companies according to CSA Research

CSA Research is a respected source of insights into the global content and language services markets. Their annual global market studies are read by vendors and buyers alike.

In the July 2020 edition of Rankings of Largest LSPs in the World, LanguageWire has achieved a rank of 25th in the world. We became one of the world’s biggest translation companies thanks to a constant focus on innovation, a much-loved Language Content Platform, a great team of employees, and an impressive network of freelance language experts.

However, it’s crucial to note that bigger is not always better. Sometimes smaller specialists serve niche multilingual content needs best, while not all LSPs can boast the same level of data security and quality standards.

Now, without any further editorialising, here are the top 100 translation companies, according to CSA Research:

Rank Company HQ 2019 revenue (USD Mil.)
1 TransPerfect US $764.49
2 Lionbridge US $705.00
3 LanguageLine Solutions US $530.00
4 SDL GB $480.63
5 RWS Holdings GB $459.98
6 Appen AU $372.47
7 Keywords Studios IE $365.58
8 Translate Plus GB $333.00
9 Hogarth Worldwide GB $278.00
10 Welocalize US $254.60
11 STAR Group CH $183.22
12 Amplexor LU $180.05
13 Acolad FR $167.96
14 CyraCom US $156.70
15 Translation Bureau CA $119.54
16 Honyaku Center JP $111.16
17 Stratus Video US $110.90
18 thebigword GB $107.58
19 PTSGI TW $98.98
20 United Language Group US $93.00
21 Ubiqus FR $90.25
22 Semantix SE $88.58
23 Pactera EDGE US $75.20
24 Morningside Translations US $72.85
25 LanguageWire DK $62.93
26 SeproTec ES $61.34
27 LOGOS GROUP IT $57.00
28 KERN DE $56.54
29 Akorbi US $50.81
30 Språkservice Sverige
SE $48.71
31 Certified Languages International US $45.80
32 Crestec JP $36.61
33 Rozetta JP $35.91
34 Verztec SG $35.89
35 YAMAGATA INTECH JP $35.88
36 CSOFT CN $35.37
37 Sunyu Transphere CN $33.34
38 Global Talk NL $32.47
39 Akagane JP $32.05
40 Transvoice Sweden SE $29.12
41 ZOO Digital GB $28.82
42 Apostroph DE $27.72
43 Janus Worldwide AT $25.40
44 Sichuan Lan-Bridge Communications CN $25.35
45 EC Innovations SG $25.10
46 Plint SE $24.99
47 Skrivanek Group CZ $24.41
48 AWATERA CY $22.50
49 Alpha CRC GB $22.35
50 Argos PL $21.90
51 TRSB CA $21.89
52 Versacom CA $21.62
53 Summa Linguae PL $20.34
54 WordTech International CN $20.28
55 Acclaro US $19.95
56 CBG Konsult & Information SE $19.88
57 GLOBO US $19.54
58 Transline Gruppe DE $19.26
59 NLG DE $18.72
60 LanguageLoop AU $18.57
61 Language Connect GB $18.09
62 Language Link US $17.70
63 t'works DE $17.61
64 cognitas DE $16.46
65 Interpreters Unlimited US $15.43
66 Human Science Co. JP $15.18
67 MasterWord Services US $14.81
68 kothes DE $14.67
69 Interpreting Services International US $14.20
70 Lingo24 GB $14.15
71 mt-g DE $13.64
72 Hansem Global Language Services KR $13.50
73 itl Institut für Technische Literatur DE $13.10
74 Lingsoft FI $13.06
75 Diction CH $12.48
76 Angel Translation HK $12.26
77 EGO Translation Company RU $11.70
78 e2f US $11.30
79 TRADUTEC FR $10.97
80 American Sign Language Services US $10.58
81 TranslateMedia GB $10.57
82 OFILINGUA ES $10.27
83 Sandberg Translation Partners GB $10.16
84 Translink SG $9.96
85 American Language Services US $9.70
86 Iota Localisation Services IE $9.55
87 CPSL ES $9.29
88 Fasttranslator.com NL $9.22
89 Linguitronics TW $9.17
90 Kaleidoscope AT $9.07
91 TL Service RU $8.94
92 Tolingo DE $8.29
93 1-Stop Asia US $8.10
94 ITC Global Translations US $8.02
95 Linguaserve ES $7.93
96 Tilde LV $7.78
97 Tetras DE $7.50
98 Leinhäuser DE $7.28
99 Global Lingo GB $7.27
100 Neotech RU $7.15

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