LONDON - Crain Communications Inc., publisher of Automotive News Europe and Automotive News, has bought the UK-based publication Automotive International and will continue to develop the publication into a global business magazine.
'Automotive International is the perfect platform for a thoroughly global publication,' said Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications in Detroit. 'We have admired Automotive International, and it gives us a stable of publications that are edited specifically for the North American, European and now the global markets.'
Crain is publisher of Automotive News Europe, Automotive News and Automotive International.
Chris Wright, Automotive International editor, will continue to lead that publication as it strengthens its position as the most global of automotive business publications. Sales Director Nick White will continue to lead Automotive International advertising sales operations.
'This is the age of consolidation and globalization,' said Anthony Cheverall, managing director of Leading Edge Publishing, and founder of Automotive International. 'Crain was our company of choice for the further growth of Automotive International. We take immense pride in our achievements over the past five years, and we are confident the newspaper is in good and progressive hands.'
Peter Brown, associate publisher of Automotive News Europe and Automotive News, will also be associate publisher and executive editor of Automotive International.
The new Automotive International will be published six times a year. Circulation will be expanded in the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America. The next issue will appear in November.