Questex to outsource production

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Newton, Mass.—Questex Media Group announced Monday that it plans to outsource digital prepress and production of its 31 publications and directories. Superior Media Solutions, a company founded last year, will handle production for Questex.

“By aligning with SMS, we transition our production function to a more agile business model,” Kerry Gumas, CEO-president of Questex, said in a statement. “A key consideration that made SMS most attractive to us is their ability to engage our existing production personnel to handle our titles.

Questex said 15 of its employees will become SMS employees as part of the move. Questex had not responded by deadline to questions about how much money the company expected to save and how many jobs would be cut.

Advanstar Communications announced in April that it was outsourcing production-related functions for its publications to HCL Technologies. Advanstar said it would cut about 100 jobs as a result of the move.

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