ABBYY UK and Douglas Stewart Announce Retail Distribution Agreement

Partnership will extend ABBYY's reach in the Education and Charity markets in the UK and Ireland

UK—07th April 2010—ABBYY UK Ltd, a member of the ABBYY group of companies and a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic software, and Douglas Stewart, a specialist distributor of computer products into the education and charity markets, announced today a distribution agreement in the UK and Ireland. The relationship with Douglas Stewart is designed to create market awareness and demand for ABBYY products and increase customer reach through the existing distribution channels in these markets.

"We are very excited to partner with ABBYY as they develop the finest document conversion and data capture software technology that is highly suitable for the education market," said Lori Mercier, Managing Director, Douglas Stewart EDU. "With our thorough understanding of the education and charity sectors we are uniquely positioned and qualified to ensure their products are targeted to the right audience."

Douglas Stewart will carry a range of ABBYY retail products including desktop OCR software ABBYY FineReader Professional Edition, ABBYY FineReader Corporate Edition and ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac which turn paper documents into editable data, productivity tool ABBYY PDF Transformer, linguistic software ABBYY Lingvo, and large-volume document conversion product ABBYY Recognition Server. In addition to boxed software, Douglas Stewart will also distribute download versions of ABBYY products.

"Our products allow people to access information contained in paper, scans and PDFs. In the Education and Charity market this is particularly useful because it allows educators to more easily impart knowledge and enables students to overcome disabilities," explains Dave Evans, Sales Director for ABBYY UK. "Douglas Stewart has a proven and successful record in the UK distribution market and this is just one of the reasons we chose to partner with them. Their strong relationships will help bring ABBYY products to a wider spectrum of the market."


ABBYY UK is a member of the ABBYY Group and supports sales and marketing activities in Western Europe. ABBYY is a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic software. Its products include the ABBYY FineReader line of optical character recognition (OCR) applications, ABBYY FlexiCapture line of data capture solutions, ABBYY Lingvo dictionary software, and development tools. Paper-intensive organizations from all over the world use ABBYY software to automate time- and labour-consuming tasks and to streamline business processes. ABBYY products are used in large-scale government projects such as those of Australian Taxation Office, Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate, Ministry of Education of Russia, Ministry of Education of Ukraine, and Montgomery County Government of the USA. Companies that license ABBYY technologies include BancTec, Canon, EMC/Captiva, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Samsung Electronics and more. ABBYY OCR applications are shipped with equipment from the world's top manufacturers such as BenQ, Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Microtek, Panasonic, Plustek, Toshiba, and Xerox. ABBYY is headquartered in Moscow, Russia, with offices in Germany, the United States, Ukraine, the UK, Japan and Taiwan.

ABBYY, the ABBYY Logo, ADRT, FineReader, Lingvo, FlexiCapture and PDF Transformer are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ABBYY Software Ltd. Other product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized.

About Douglas Stewart EDU Ltd
Douglas Stewart EDU Ltd is a specialist distributor of computer products into the education and charity markets. As part of The Douglas Stewart Company based in the US with offices in Canada and the UK, globally we have more than 55 years of experience in sales, marketing and distribution of products to education resellers as well as their end-users. Based in Hampshire, UK with distribution facilities in the UK and mainland Europe, Douglas Stewart EDU sells through education and charity focused resellers in over 35 countries throughout Europe.


Media Contacts

Colin Miller
Tel: 089/511 159-0
Fax: 089/511 159-59

Douglas Stewart EDU:
Lori Mercier, Managing Director
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 612 806