Throughout its history, Times Publishing Group has pursued a strategy of growth that has made the company one of the most reputable names in publishing, printing, distribution and retail in the Asia-Pacific.
Incorporated in 1968, we are a pioneer of English language publishing in Singapore. Federal Publications, an imprint of the Group, has its beginning that stretches as far back as 1957. In the early 1970s, we established ourselves in textbook publishing for Primary and Secondary school textbooks in Singapore and Malaysia. A bold move made by the group in 1980 saw the acquisition of the partwork publisher, Marshall Cavendish Ltd in the UK and its US subsidiary Marshall Cavendish Corporation.
Over the years, we continue to expand our markets and our published languages. To date, our educational materials are used in more than 60 countries in 11 languages. Our content has also expanded beyond Education to General Interest, Business Information and Home Reference.
Co-publishing ventures with foreign partners further enhance the diversity and reach of our publications. We participate in international book fairs in Frankfurt, London and around the world. By developing a worldwide distributorship for our products, we have secured many successes, such as the CultureShock! series in the US and UK as well as the extensive adoption of the My Pals Are Here! series by schools as teaching materials.
Our printing brand, Times Printers, has likewise attained international status with a highly integrated one-stop service that encompasses every stage of print production and even post-production, including finishing solutions, distribution and fulfillment. Today, we have three printing plants in Asia and an extensive international sales network established in key cities in USA, UK, Europe, Chile, Mexico, Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Our distribution brand, Pansing, represents major book and magazine publishers from the UK, USA, Australia and Southeast Asia, and is a leading player in the arena of distribution in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
In retail, Times Bookstores is a leading retailer of books and complementary products with a chain of outlets in Singapore and Malaysia. In travel retailing, we opened the largest bookshop at Singapore International Changi Airport in the year 2000, followed by a number of outlets in the precinct. In 2004, together with our partner, the acquisition of WH Smith chain in Singapore has further consolidated our presence in travel retailing.