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The India Sources online marketplace is launched.
Global Sources Chairman and CEO Merle Hinrich sets agenda for Asian B2B survival in 2001 at the B2B Asia Pacific Forum in Hong Kong.
Global Sources is named the world's 8th largest B2B marketplace by Net Market Makers.
Global Sources is awarded the Enterprise Trophy at the DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards 2000.
A strategic partnership is formed between Global Sources and Global B2B Iletisim Teknoloji Ve Ticaret A.S. to establish the Turkish Sources online marketplace.
Expanded and rebranded Electronic Engineering Times Asia and Electronic Buyers' News China publications and companion websites are launched.
The Singapore Sources online marketplace is launched.
Global Sources is selected by Forbes Global magazine as among the world's Top 20 Small Companies.
Global Sources is awarded the gold award at Standard Chartered Bank's e-nnovator of the year awards.
Dr. H. Lynn Hazlett and Mr. Roderick Chalmers are appointed to Global Sources' board of directors.
A strategic partnership is formed with i-negocios.com to establish the Mexican Sources online marketplace.
The first online transaction using Global Sources' online marketplace and trade transaction platform is completed by OBI Asia Trade.
20 new vertical business marketplaces are added to Global Sources Online, bringing the number of verticals on the site to 27.
A strategic partnership is formed with ABN AMRO Bank to enable services integration.
An Aberdeen Group research report names Global Sources as the 'dominant player' in the global merchandise trade market.
Bear Stearns initiates coverage of Global Sources with a 'Buy' rating.
Merrill Lynch initiates coverage of Global Sources with an 'Accumulate' rating.
Global Sources Online is honored by Asiaweek as Asia's Best B2B website.
Global Sources Online is selected by Forbes magazine for 'B2B Best of The Web'.
A joint venture is formed with CMP Media to provide new technology content, media and e-commerce services to Asia's technology market.
A licensing agreement is formed with PT Global Jaringan Nusantara to establish the Indonesian Sources online marketplace.
Global Sources Ltd. becomes the first Asian-based pure B2B play to trade on the NASDAQ under its ticker symbol GSOL.
The Thailand Sources online marketplace is launched.
A strategic partnership agreement is formed with TradeCard to offer online trade transaction services.
The Korean Sources online marketplace is launched.
Global Sources Private Supplier Catalog are launched.
The Global Sources Online marketplace is launched. It marks the full evolution of Asian Sources into a new, online, B2B e-commerce company, with a new mission and corporate identity: Global Sources.
New geographic online marketplaces - China Sources, Hong Kong Sources and Taiwan Sources are launched.
Strategic agreements are reached with global partners to establish Australian Sources and South African Sources online marketplaces.
Global Sources Online is awarded the Web Award for Best International Business Website.
Global Sources Online is awarded the CIO Magazine WebBusiness 50/50 Award.
The Chief Executive China Online website is launched, in Chinese language.
The China Exporter Online website is launched, in Chinese language.
The first Asian Sources Private Buyer Catalog is enabled.
Asian Sources Online is awarded the Tenagra Award for Internet Marketing Excellence.
The Asian Sources Corporate website is established.
The Asian Sources Electronics Engineer Online website is launched.
Asian Sources China Exporter magazine is launched, in Chinese language.
Asian Sources Chief Executive China magazine is launched, in Chinese language.
Asian Sources Transact order management software is launched.
The new Interactive Media department is established, positioning the company to lead the electronic trade revolution.
Asian Sources Online is launched: a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year B2B marketplace designed to become the center of Asian trade on the Internet.
Asian Sources CD-ROMS, electronic sourcing tools for buyers holding volumes of product and supplier information, are introduced as companions for each of the trade journals.
The 'total solution' three-media integrated export marketing service - Asian Sources Online, CD-ROMs and magazines - is rolled out to the Asian Sources community.
Asian Sources Telecom Products trade journal is launched, as a 'child' from the 'mother' Asian Sources Electronics publication.
The China edition of Asian Sources Electronics Engineer is launched, in Chinese language.
Asian Sources is awarded the International Award at the Hong Kong Business Awards.
The China edition of World Executive's Digest is launched, in Chinese language.
A new relational database system, using Oracle software and Unix hardware, is introduced to integrate the company's entire advertiser, reader and editorial records.
Asian Sources is awarded the Certificate of Excellence in the Enterprise category of the Hong Kong Business Awards.
The Manila-based World Executive's Digest magazine is acquired.
Asian Sources develops order management software.
A new corporate office is established in Manila, Philippines.
The acquisition of TMS Exporter software leads to the development of Asian Sources eTrade EDI software.
Asian Sources Electronics Engineer magazine is launched.
Electronics for China (later to become Electronics News for China) is launched. In Chinese language, it is the company's first magazine for the mainland China market.
Asian Sources Fashion Accessories trade journal is launched.
Asian Sources Computer Products trade journal is launched.
Asian Sources Gifts & Home Products trade journal is launched. The demand for ever more targeted information means the original Asian Sources general trade magazine is now superceded.
Asian Sources Timepieces trade journal is launched, becoming the most specialized magazine in the Asian Sources stable.
Asian Sources Electronic Components trade journal is launched. The launch of the new magazine is the company's most successful yet.
A circulation, sales and trade show office to service the European market is established in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The company forms its first in-house electronic data processing (EDP) department.
A circulation and sales office to service the US market is established in Chicago, Illinois.
Asian Sources Hardwares trade journal is launched - the second effort at specialization. Like Asian Sources Electronics, Asian Sources Hardwares maintains the company's identity through design continuity and name.
Asian Sources Electronics trade journal is launched - the first specialist title and 'child' of the parent Asian Sources magazine.
The company employs IBM batch-processing to computerize its circulation lists - the first Asian publishing company to do so.
The first Taiwan sales office is established, in Taipei.
The company launches a trade publication called Asian Sources. The front cover introduces the publication as "a monthly magazine that will serve businessmen active in the trade of consumer products made in Asia for export to Western markets." The start-up company consists of 10 full-time people in Hong Kong and 15 full and part-timers throughout the region.
Merle Hinrich founds Asian Sources Ltd in Hong Kong with partner Joe Bendy.