We are Bothof Translations

We are Bothof Translations, one of the oldest and biggest translation agencies in the Netherlands. We have been working in the translation world for over fifty years and know it inside out. Our project managers and account managers know what our clients want and deliver custom work that you will be satisfied with.

Some history

Bothof Translations was founded in 1972 when Gerrit Jan Bothof, head of one of the technical translation departments at Philips, decided to leave the electronics company and set up his own translation company. It didn’t take long before Bothof Translations grew into a reputable translation company. Bothof became a trusted translation partner for hundreds of organisations at home and abroad.

Over the years, Bothof has actively contributed to improving the quality standards for translation agencies. Bothof Translations stood at the cradle of the VViN (Association of Translation Agencies in the Netherlands). The initiative for the European Union of Associations of Translation Companies (EUATC) also came from the VViN. We were also one of the first translation agencies with an official ISO certification.

What can you expect from us?

Bothof Translations is a translation specialist which provides a high-quality, personal service. Your wishes and satisfaction are top priority for us. This means you have a regular contact person who knows you and your company.

We deliver translations from and into most languages and in all specialist fields. We only work with experienced, well-qualified translators who are specialised in your field. From financial-legal documents to agricultural texts and from marketing texts to electrotechnical texts, you can expect excellent translations from us. We can also deliver sworn translations, copywriting and technical writing projects.

Fast and flexible, just as you wish

We do not set an average delivery term, but are as ambitious as possible in responding to your needs. Do you need a translation urgently or do you have a long text to be translated into several languages at the same time? No problem. Our project managers ensure that you get your translation on time.

Our account managers always discuss your project and ask targeted questions, so that everything proceeds smoothly and as required. Our project managers support every aspect of your project, from drawing up a quotation to delivering your translation and everything in between.

No unpleasant surprises

Every translation or writing assignment is unique, so we draft custom quotations. Often, you will receive our custom quotation after a few hours. So, no unpleasant surprises with us. With our clear and direct communication, we always ensure that you receive the best and most efficient service and that you know where you stand. Your account manager is also ready to answer questions or discuss options.

Convenience for you as a client

As a client, you will mainly have contact with our excellent account and project managers. They support you throughout the translation process and are always ready to answer questions. We focus fully on you as our client and make everything as convenient as possible. We ensure that your translation project is a problem-free experience.


Bothof Translations was one of the first translation agencies in the Netherlands to obtain ISO certification . Our quality procedures meet the requirements of ISO 9001. In addition, our translation procedures have ISO 17100 certification, the international standard for translation services.

What do these certifications mean for you?

  • It gives you the certainty that each text is checked by one of our experienced revisers prior to delivery.
  • You can rely on a transparent complaints procedure if you are not satisfied.
  • Every year, our quality management system is subject to an external, independent audit.

We go further than just translating

Our services do not stop at translation and writing. If you wish, we can manage the entire project for you, so that you can fully concentrate on your core activities. We also want to provide optimal support by offering the following additional services:

  • Copywriting and technical writing
  • Graphic design and DTP (desktop publishing)
  • Proofreading of printer’s proofs
  • Video production
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Do you require an additional service that is not mentioned here? Please inform your account manager or contact us. We will make every effort to help you.