Scoop to Merge With Bombus

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By: E&P Staff

Sweden’s Wilkenson Scoop AB, developer of the Scoop editorial system — sold to U.S publications by Software Consulting Services LLC, Nazareth, Pa. — signed a letter of intent to merge with Swedish Web publishing systems developer Bombus, to offer a “broader range for rational publishing via all kinds of media,” according to announcements by SCS and the Swedish firms.

The companies said a merger would create a financially stronger company able to “develop several long-term projects.” Ulf Wilkenson will head the merged company.

A small, 13-year-old company, Wilkenson Scoop has PC- and Mac-based installations at 145 sites in 11 countries, with systems ranging from five to 450 workstations. The system employs standard databases and page make-up applications, such as QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign. The workflow allows input from various sources and output to various print and electronic media.

Last year, Swedish investment firm Traction acquired 34% of outstanding shares in Bombus, which it describes as “a smaller, entrepreneur-run company that develops and sells software for editorial multi-channel publishing.” Its Headline system has been adapted for Web-publishing use at numerous Swedish customer sites.

SCS became the exclusive reseller of the Scoop editorial system in North America and the Caribbean in 2001, after sales of Tera’s GN3 system in this market were transferred to Autologic Information Systems (now part of Agfa). SCS said it continues to sell Scoop.

SCS continues to serve the first U.S. Scoop user, Homestead Publishing, Bel Air, Md., more recently sold Scoop to the New York-based Daily Racing Form and Hathaway Publishing, Somerset, Mass., and expects to install Scoop at The Jamaica Gleaner, Kingston.

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