The format of T-UPDATE, the annual conference of the European Union of Associations of Translation Companies (EUATC) will be changing when it takes place in Estonia's capital Tallinn 25/26 April and this has provided new high profile sponsor opportunities.
Although there was a resounding rejection of the UK Government's EU exit deal, the longterm position of linguists from EU countries living and working in Britain remains a major concern for EUATC founding members, the Association of Translation Companies (ATC) and many of its members.
"When you think how the translation industry was 30 years ago, with the idea of MT as distant then as the idea of robot-interpreters is now, translators have adapted to the new faster more technological environment and, I predict, in the coming year, the human element in the language will continue to evolve ensuring that it remains an essential link in the translation process," writes Ivana Đurić from EUATC Serbian network member Eurotranslate.
"In our business predictions for future are always very difficult to make," writes Anita Hosnik, President of the Slovenia Association of Translation Companies (SATC). "There are many different factors that can influence our success.
At last month's general meeting of ASPROSET held in Madrid there was agreement to conduct the first an in-depth survey of the language market in Spain, reports Juanjo Arevalillo, the association's President. The meeting was also a chance to review the past year's activities and look forward to new initiatitives in 2019.
Over the last several years, the translation industry has gained momentum in a way we have not seen before, writes Heike Leinhauser, the newly elected President of the European Union of Association of Translation Companies (EUATC). The market is consolidating extremely fast. Digitalization, artificial intelligence and blockchain are making an ever-growing impact on our industry. We are all standing at the epicenter of change. As the representative of mainly small and medium-sized companies, EUATC will continue to work to bring professionalization and strategy into the change process.