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Types of documents that benefit from translation

Clara Giampietro - Manufacturing, Technology, Architecture Translation into Italian

When tapping into a foreign market, there are various types of documents that benefit the most from translation.
They are particularly important to help your manufacturing business grow.

Today, the goal of building and keeping a continuous and clear communication between people, systems, and machines is a high priority for many manufacturers like you.

This is more so when entering a country where the majority of people do not speak English as their first language.

And this is why translation is the lifeblood of any manufacturing business that wants to grow in a foreign market.

But what does this mean for your business?

It means that it is time to translate your documentation in the language of your customers. In fact, with translation, you can ensure that all your content is managed for cross-language consistency to:

  • communicate the correct manufacturing, installation and maintenance procedures
  • avoid errors and safety risks caused by misunderstandings or miscommunication
  • maintain compliance with standards, laws, and regulations
  • differentiate and gain visibility in a highly competitive sector

But what types of documents can you translate for your manufacturing business?

Basically, there are three major categories of documents where you can put your translation efforts: technical, marketing and legal texts.

Let’s look at the 3 categories in detail.

1. TECHNICAL TEXTS

Product specifications, user manuals, catalogues

First and foremost your customers must understand clearly what your machines do and how to use them. But think about technical documentation like product specifications, user manuals, catalogues, health and safety documents, Material Safety Data Sheets, user and operating instructions, service, and maintenance manuals. They are full of technical jargon and terminology.

Training materials

When your employees are well trained, they are more productive and work more effectively and efficiently.

Patents

Patents protect your technology, ideas, and inventions from being copied, sold or used by someone else without your permission.

Technical reports

Technical reports document the equipment and procedures used and the results obtained in technical or scientific researches.

Manufacturing and engineering articles

Technical articles provide detailed and up-to-date information on products, technologies, and methods. They also explain the present and future trends in the manufacturing world.

2. MARKETING TEXTS

Marketing materials

With brochures, packaging, business cards, and other promotional materials, you show existing and prospective customers how your business works and why they should buy your products or services.

Websites and blogs

Your website, blogs, product descriptions, and other online content inform your customers about your business, products, and services. They also help you communicate your brand story, explain your value proposition and build strong relationships with your customers and prospects.

Newsletters

Email marketing is a powerful way to communicate with existing and prospective customers.

Press releases

Press releases communicate important news such as company updates and product releases.

3. LEGAL TEXTS

Contracts and agreements

Contracts and agreements are not easy to read. Even more, if they are written in a language that you or your customers do not know well or at all.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions determine the obligations, liabilities and potential benefits of any business relationship. For this reason, your customers not only should read the terms and conditions but also understand them.

Permits and licenses

The first step for anyone who wants to open a business in a foreign country like Italy is to get the appropriate permits and licenses.

Policies and regulations

Policies, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), are necessary almost everywhere in the world.

CONCLUSION

Various documents benefit from translation and help your manufacturing business grow in a foreign country—and these are only some of them.

But you don’t have to translate all of them to be successful.

Consider picking the ones that are most valuable to your business, your target customers and your goals.

Your professional translator will certainly be happy to help you in making this decision.

So which documents will you choose to translate? Leave a comment and let me know.

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