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Sticky translation issues

Sticky translation issues

Things have been getting sticky at MTT recently – we’ve been translating about types of glue.

Cyanoacrylate glue is used for forensic purposes – think CSI and the special equipment that the police teams use to image fingerprints and other evidence. We’ve provided technical manual and software translations for users of this type of equipment and similar scientific instruments.

Flooring adhesives are also a common translation project for MTT linguists – with chemical and technical terms abounding, we’ve being translating datasheets and user instructions for flooring coatings and adhesives. We’ve also worked with a carpet company to help market their stain resistant products and adhesives. This unique blend of highly specialised terminology with persuasive wording is something we excel at.

Engineering adhesives are used to bond metal components and our client supplies them worldwide into a range of industries. This calls for a team of technically minded linguists, who love long chemical names and are sticklers for precision.

Adhesive chemical storage equipment forms another part of our translation repertoire – we provide translations for companies who offer storage containers for adhesive products and temperature controlled storage units to keep them in. Our projects include catalogues, brochures, customer letters, databases and marketing materials.

When glue goes wrong – we even cover the technical-legal reports and claims following cases where adhesives have failed in use. This kind of project needs a linguist who is familiar with both the legal terminology and the technical processes involved. It’s a delicate balance, but one in which we have years of experience.

These sticky translations need a wide range of skills from our linguists – a good knowledge of chemistry, technical or engineering experience, a flair for a good marketing text, an understanding of software, and knowledge of how the legal system works.

If you have a sticky translation project you’d like some help with, why not give us a call and we’d be delighted to see if we can help.

Call us on 0844 856 1086 or drop us an email on

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