In 2015, the annual revenue of the German automotive and supplier industry was nearly half a trillion euros. Numerous international markets and diversified production chains have incorporated companies in this industry into a global system of production and sales locations. This has led to a massive number of documents – both technical and marketing-related – that frequently require translation. In the following, our aim is to familiarise you with the challenges that arise when translating texts in the automotive field. We will describe the solutions tolingo offers for your translation projects; these help us take advantage of system integration options, improve processes, define and ensure quality standards and cut costs.
At tolingo, we only work with native translators who live in the country of the target language. Our artificial intelligence (AI) is highly specialised and produces high-quality translations within seconds. By combining man and machine, we create outstanding results in any language combination.
We handle your data very carefully throughout the entire process. Data security is just as important to us as the quality of our translations. This is confirmed by our 4 certifications: for translation services (ISO 17100), for post-editing of Machine Translations (ISO 18587), for quality management (ISO 9001) and for information security (ISO/IEC 27001).
With a network of over 6,000 translators in all time zones, we respond quickly to your request. We usually send the translation to you within a few days – depending on the volume of the text. And if you're in a hurry, we'll prioritise your translation with the Express or Super-Express options and deliver it even faster – without any loss of quality.
Besides the major automobile manufacturers, there is a plethora of companies that only produce individual products for the entire production chain. These may be plant manufacturers or tool producers, in addition to the producers of individual parts who are responsible for up to 70% of all components in a newly built vehicle.
Not every translator is capable of translating for the automotive industry. Specialist translators acquire an understanding of the technical details and processes through corresponding professional training and years of experience with texts from the automotive sector. Choosing a specialist translator who has undergone training specifically in this field is therefore absolutely crucial for assuring the quality of these translations.
Translating complex production processes or highly detailed machine components requires a sound overall understanding of the technical context. However, individual terms for product lists or catalogues must frequently be translated with little or even no context at all. When this is the case, it is all the more essential for the translator to understand the purposes of the individual elements and parts in order to eliminate the possibility of mixing them up.
Most often, texts for the automotive and supplier industry that need to be prepared and translated accordingly for international partners come from three areas.
Contracts and general communications
Companies need contractual documents for both the production and sales of their products; these safeguard their business activities. Internal documents – which often need to be available in several languages – are also required for coordinating production processes and supply chains.
Technical documentation, operating instructions and training material
These texts contain specifications to help accurately execute working instructions for installations and production processes – they require adherence to industry-specific terminology that describes technical elements with precision and leaves no room for interpretation. This is crucial to ensuring that production processes run flawlessly, not to mention assumption of liability. Technical texts such as these are often maintained in content management systems that are deployed along the entire value chain. It is important that the exported file formats are delivered in the same format following translation, or else are capable of being incorporated directly by the service provider through system integration.
We translate, operating instructions / user manuals for various vehicles in your product range, regulations, instructions and specifications for constructing new locations abroad, material for initial or further training for new employees abroad, technical documentation for production in international facilities, manuals for operating production equipment, service manuals for machinery and equipment and software for production equipment or facilities.
Marketing materials and website texts are also required for selling the company’s own products. These texts must be updated on a regular basis to reflect changes to the product portfolio and the latest advertising campaigns. For these texts, a tone and style which suit the company’s marketing activities and inspire customers’ enthusiasm for the products in their respective language take precedence over specialised terminology and security against liability. These texts could be product information, Marketing materials, advertising texts, press releases, catalogues, trade fair materials or website content
Thanks to many years’ experience with automotive-related texts and close cooperation with specialists in this field, tolingo is able to offer specialised expertise in a variety of different language combinations.
Because of the high demands for translations of technical documents and other texts from the area of automotive engineering, all technical texts at tolingo are processed exclusively by specialised translators, who have either received training in a technical field or have gathered many years of professional experience in translating texts of this nature. Not only are these translators consummately familiar with specialist terminology, they also understand the correlations between technical processes and mechanical manufacturing. When marketing materials require translation, customers also benefit from the involvement of marketing experts at tolingo.
To make sure that mistakes are avoided, our premium translations also involves a second native-speaker specialist translator, who checks the translated texts for grammar and syntax, correct reproduction of the original text’s content, spelling, punctuation and completeness. This process at tolingo is certified in accordance with the international standard ISO 17100 for specialised translations and includes the following:
Selection of qualified staff and professional translators, creation of translations according to the 4-eye principle, efficient processes for project management and creation of translations, high-quality project and quality management, strategic implementation of technical resources, consideration of customer feedback, internationally comparable, checking corrected documents in order to provide translators with feedback and continual monitoring of translators’ qualifications and on-going training.
tolingo also offers special services which improve the cooperation between the client and tolingo as well as the quality of the translation even further. These include creating glossaries and style guides, linking existing content management systems and extensive experience in file engineering. And of course, data protection also takes top priority at tolingo.
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Constantin Mackel // Account Manager
You need a professional translation for the automotive industry? Let me advise you! My goal: Your texts should be perfectly translated – in any language.
tolingo is a competent and reliable partner for all kinds of technical translations. We provide you with a comprehensive service and overall consultation on process design and technical solutions as well as on quality assurance and cost savings through word repetitions and automated procedures. We analyse the systems and processes used by you and create a customised solution for all translation services in your company. This means you can rest assured that your systems, machines and other technical products will be used properly all over the world. We look forward to hearing from you – and to working with you!
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