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October 19, 2006

Renowned names
in typesetting merge
Monotype and Linotype — two of the most illustrious “names” in the printing industry — have merged. Individually they set benchmark standards for mechanical typesetting, using iconic letterform designs that remain as popular as ever. Ever since hot metal typesetting gave way to photocomposition and then desktop publishing, their respective fortunes and identities have changed enormously in recent decades.
However, their individual typefont libraries have remained largely intact as valuable core assets. It is this factor that prompted Monotype Imaging Inc. to acquire Linotype GmbH — by this time a prepress supplier — from former owner Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Linotype is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Monotype, but its employees remain based in Bad Homburg, Germany. Monotype can add to its own considerable library the 6,000 typefaces that make up the Linotype Library. It includes such popular designs as Helvetica, Frutiger and Optima.
Both companies offer custom design services for creating typefaces for corporate identities. Monotype additionally offers its iType font engine and WorldType Layout Engine. It has developed a range of scalable, multilingual text fonts for small devices, including cell phones, as well as special fonts and imaging technology to other consumer electronics markets.
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