A stronger, more international Board of Directors

2018 will definitely be marked by a spirit of change and renewal, as it is also seeing some movement within the company’s Board of Directors.

After 6 years of fine, loyal service, Frédéric Hambÿe has come to the end of his term as company director, although he won’t be far away of course.

His departure is now made up for by two new arrivals.

Credit where credit is due, Fabien Côté, co-owner and manager of Stoquart Americas in Laval in Canada, is joining the company’s Board of Directors in Belgium. He brings with him his North-American vision and rigor, his commercial know-how and his expertise as a business manager and flourishing entrepreneur.

Equally exciting is the arrival of Udo Leinhäuser as a new director, giving us a skilled linguist, a real creative talent and business leader, a linguistic consultant, specialising in translation industry tools, SEO and social networks and, out of necessity, a real expert in the German market, which is so important and so close to our other European offices.

The new Board of Directors is now made up of Claude Stoquart, Marc Heymann, Fabien Côté, Udo Leinhäuser and Dimitri Stoquart, Stoquart’s manager and founder.

ISO 9001 and 17100

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iso9001-vincotteIso 17100In 2001, we were amongst the pioneers to apply the ISO 9001 standard in the translation sector. As a result, through multiple internal and external renewal and recertification audits over the following years, we have continually been able to improve ourselves and enhance our processes.

We always kept a watchful eye over the measures our sector struggled to implement through different initiatives and standards: DIN 2345, EN 15038 and finally, ISO 17100. As our own system evolved, we integrated the relevant aspects of these different developments.

Finally, in early 2018, in order to align ourselves with the sector, we sailed through our ISO 17100:2015 certification with an accredited body. So we already hold dual ISO 9001 and ISO 17100 certification and will be ISO 9001:2015 certified in May of this year.

Do you speak French?

Like most other languages, French has regional variants that differ to varying degrees depending on the regions in question. Someone from Marseilles won’t speak like a Parisian, just as a Swiss native won’t talk like someone from Lille. Compared with German dialects, however, these differences are negligible in terms of communication, as French-speakers from any region can easily make themselves understood when talking to any other French-speakers. Basically, there are two types of difference: accent (which has no impact on translation) and vocabulary and grammar.

In Belgium, translation schools are naturally aware of these differences, and standard European French is the preferred option, but this doesn’t stop us from giving the language a Belgian flavour when required. In this regard, the influence of French culture on French-speaking Belgium (television channels, magazines, literature, music, etc.) is such that the challenge for Belgian translators is not insurmountable.

The main differences crop up in everyday life (a tea towel, known as a “torchon” in France, is an “essuie-vaisselle” in Belgium, whilst a mop, called a “serpillère” in France, is called a “torchon” in Belgium), in the kitchen (Belgians call chicory “chicons” but they are known as “endives” in France, whilst kitchen towel is known as “essuie-tout” in Belgium and “sopalin” France) and of course in institutional life (the mayor of a Belgian municipality is a “bourgmestre”, not a “maire”), but are often less obvious in writing. Belgicisms are often derived from Dutch (one of Belgium’s other official languages) or Walloon (a regional Romance language that is related to French).

Finally, we should not overlook the famous Belgian exponents of the French language, such as Joseph Hanse (the founding president of the International Council for the French Language and author of the Nouveau dictionnaire des difficultés du français moderne, the renowned guide to the complexities of modern French that has won numerous awards, including one from the Académie française), Maurice Grevisse (the author of works including the famous Bon usage style guide, now in its 16th edition, and a member of the International Council for the French Language), Marguerite Yourcenar (the poet, essayist and translator who was also the first woman to be elected to the Académie française in 1980), Georges Simenon (the creator of the famous Maigret series, whose work has given rise to numerous adaptations in France, including the famous version starring Jean Gabin), and Amélie Nothomb (the unconventional author who keeps on breaking sales records).

Other world-famous Belgians have also left their mark on the French language in their own way, such as Jacques Brel, the cartoonists Hergé and Franquin, and Charles Spaak, the screenwriter who worked on some of the landmark films of the early 20th century, including La Grande Illusion and a host of other productions boasting stellar casts (Louis Jouvet, Michel Simon…). In the field of dubbing, meanwhile, a number of very popular American animated series, such as Adventure Time and Regular Show, have recently been dubbed into French by largely Belgian teams. Our famously surreal sense of humour must have something to do with it!

So, do you speak French? Naturally!

Stoquart continues to expand

After opening our new Italian office last summer in Pontedera, near Pisa, Stoquart continues to grow as 2018 begins.

Already having a strong presence in Europe, with offices in Belgium, France, the Czech Republic and Italy, Stoquart could only continue to expand further afield. In a few weeks’ time, we will unveil our new Canadian base.

A large internal team in Quebec will thus bolster Stoquart’s quality workforce and our Canadian French services.

Now with offices on 2 continents, we intend to consolidate our position as a global leader in ISO-certified French translation and further expand the broad range of languages we offer with new combinations.

Further details will follow shortly.

Stoquart Launches New Subsidiary in Italy

Stoquart is pleased to announce the launch of Stoquart Italia srl, headed by founder Dimitri Stoquart’s long-time friend and colleague Mario Spoto.

“Some of you may know Mario from his previous work managing a localization department,” Stoquart says. “His joining forces with us is a natural move, an extension of our shared experiences with common end-client projects for various MLVs.

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Mons rolls out the red carpet

Every year, in February, hearts beat faster when the Festival International du Film d’Amour (FIFA) throws a mantle of emotions over the city of Mons.

Love, always and forever, remains the theme of this Festival as it celebrates its 31st edition and continues to explore the many facets of this complex and multi-layered emotion. Featured are love’s many forms: passionate, sentimental, brotherly, damaged, destructive, voluptuous, between men, women or both, between peoples, and more.

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EEIG to be dissolved by consortium partners

The European consortium that was originally established as LETS Communicate EEIG in 2006 and was renamed TextMinded EEIG in 2011 has been dissolved by its members, effective as of 18 February 2015. The member companies are the four language solution partners Leinhäuser Language Services GmbH (Germany), TextMinded Danmark A/S (Denmark), Translator Scandinavia AB (Sweden) and Stoquart SA (Belgium).

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