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Thomas Industrial Network
(May 1, 2012)

About Thomas Industrial Network®

Thomas is an information and technology company. For over a century we've led the way in connecting manufacturing and industrial buyers and sellers.

Buyers worldwide including engineers, purchasing agents, facilities managers and more, rely on for product sourcing and supplier discovery. This free online platform combines semantic product search technology with information rich company profiles enabling educated supplier selection.

ThomasNet News, the leading source of product news, information, business trends and analysis, is the official news site for

For suppliers (manufacturers, distributors and service providers) we provide website development, tools and technology to help them better manage and share product and service data internally and externally. Thomas' suite of Enterprise Solutions enables companies to effectively manage digital product data for syndication across a variety of enterprise-wide systems and sales channels to meet their strategic business needs.

Navigator Platform, our proprietary technology is the hub through which we help our clients manage their information. The Platform enables CAD publishing, online catalogs, and syndication of detailed product data to channel partners. We offer CustomSPEC for the unique needs of custom manufacturers. Through our Digital Media Group we help companies build brand awareness and generate leads with our social media, email marketing and SEO programs.

About With millions of user sessions each month, is the world's preferred resource for efficiently sourcing, specifying and buying the products and services that keep manufacturing, commercial, construction and all other businesses' operations running. Engineers and buyers rely on's comprehensive information, procurement tools and search technology to effectively manage their sourcing process, make educated buying decisions and secure their supply chain.

This powerful buying audience comes to for supplier discovery and selection whether that's for routine parts, new or hard-to-find components or MRO services. Content rich company profiles help buyers to narrow down their supplier options by geography, certifications, capabilities, product catalogs, CAD drawings and more.

The site includes:

  • 607,000 North American manufacturers, distributors and service companies, indexed by 67,000 categories.
  • 1,000+ technical White Papers and manufacturing case studies.
  • 400+ Need-to-Know Guides on common industrial products.
  • Free, Web-based RFP Manager™ and Contract Manager™ software to help buyers improve purchasing processes.

Click on any of the audience segments below to read more about the major buyers using

Or use this URL to access all:

What do we know about industrial buying behavior?

We conduct monthly surveys with a research panel of industrial buyers whose members include those with job functions in engineering, purchasing, general management and manufacturing/production/operations. These surveys are conducted under the brand: Industrial Purchasing Barometer (IPB). IPB information is merchandised for fast and easy consumption with a series of "Fast Facts" survey summaries and "At-a-Glance" info-graphics.

Click on any of the links below to read more about the current IPB topics:

Or use this URL to access all:

About ThomasNet News™

ThomasNet News ThomasNet News™ is the leading source of new and innovative products, company news and business trends and analysis. ThomasNet News publishes seventy-five to one-hundred news articles on new and improved products and services every business day.

IMT Industry Market Trends, a publication of ThomasNet News, provides analysis on trends affecting business-to-business companies and includes topics such as the environment & sustainability to workplace and employment issues.

ThomasNet News distributes the following newsletters:

  • Product News Alert newsletters — New product newsletter customized by the readers areas of interest.
  • IMT Bi-weekly — delivering our bi-weekly publication to the inbox of our readers.
  • IMT Daily — Daily updates on trends and issues in the marketplace.
  • IMT Green & Glean — Weekly newsletter covering sustainability issues.

ThomasNet News also delivers ThomasNet Forums for peer-to-peer interaction covering a myriad of topics and industries.

About Navigator Platform

Navigator The Navigator Platform is a proprietary technology that helps industrial companies leverage the Internet to efficiently solve critical business issues. Today, thousands of industrial businesses employ the power of the Navigator Platform to increase sales, improve customer relationships, and expand into new markets worldwide.

The Navigator Platform's key capabilities include:

  • 2D/3D WebCAD Publishing Technology allowing engineers to build, download, and insert 2D/3D CAD drawings from suppliers' websites into their own designs.
  • Content Management Tools allowing businesses to make real-time changes to their website and online product content and effectively manage their web strategy.
  • Detailed Product Search and Configuration capabilities including keyword, part-number, parametric and rules-based product configuration search.
  • Distributor Content Syndication helping manufacturers publish their detailed product information within their distributors' websites and internal systems.
  • E-Commerce and Online Merchandising including credit and purchase payment solutions.
  • Interactive Exploded View Diagrams providing customers with an easy-to-use visual interface that allows them to identify, select, and purchase replacement parts.
  • ThomasNet Web Traxs® Website Tracking providing businesses with real-time data that helps monitor their overall web strategy.

Enterprise Solutions

Thomas Industrial Network's highly-customizable Enterprise Solutions enables industrial companies to create and efficiently manage digital product data which can be syndicated to a variety of platforms to meet their strategic business needs.

Some of these include:

  • Business Systems Integration — Makes complete product information available through manufacturers' own business systems (i.e., engineering, product management/marketing), as well as the systems of their distributors (i.e., sales, customer service, ERP, etc.).
  • Buy-Side Syndication — Integrates suppliers' detailed product data into enterprise engineering and sourcing applications that are part of buyers' daily workflow. This increases opportunities for supplier exposure and new sales.
  • Distributor Syndication — Industrial companies' product information, including 3D CAD drawings, is their primary sales and marketing asset. This solution ensures manufacturers are fully integrated into sales channels such as large industrial distributor networks so buyers can find them no matter where they are sourcing.

For more information about any of Thomas' products and services contact Linda Rigano
at or call (212) 629-1522.


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