Major Companies of the World Series published by Graham & Whiteside

Founded in 1976, Graham & Whiteside (G&W) is one of the undisputed leaders in global business information, and the Major Companies directories have been providing quality company information on leading businesses worldwide since their inception. Gale Directory Library offers unparalleled access to the two main directory lines of the G&W Major Companies Series which has 13 titles in 22 volumes total: the Regional directories and the Industry Sector directories.

The Regional directories provide top-quality company information on the leading businesses worldwide. They are packed with essential facts and contacts, including addresses, phone and fax numbers, email and web addresses together with listings of companies activities, executive names, financial information for the previous two years, parent company and associates, agents and trade names.

The Industry Sector directories have been essential reference tools for over 20 years providing up-to-date information on the main sectors of industry and commerce including energy, finance, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and more.

The remainder of this page is divided into the following sections:

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Section 1: Scope

Covering countries in nearly every region of the world, the newest editions of the Graham & Whiteside (G&W) directories have been expanded to include the most important manufacturers, exporters, importers, service companies and financial institutions in a wide variety of industries.

Offering unrivalled access to key company data, including the names and titles of directors and senior executives, the G&W directories are used by business executives, bankers, investment analysts, and researchers, to pursue business opportunities all over the world, such as:

Here are the G&W directory titles your library can subscribe to in Gale Directory Library:

REGIONAL DIRECTORIES

Major Companies of Europe

Major Companies of Europe is a long-established multi-volume directory that provides current and comprehensive information on Europe's largest companies, including the names of senior executives. Entries typically include company name; address; telephone and fax numbers; e-mail and Web addresses; names of senior management and board members; description of business activities; brand names and trademarks; subsidiaries and affiliates; number of employees; financial information for the last two years; principal shareholders; and private/public status.

Note that your library may subscribe to volumes individually, or as a complete set.

Major Companies of Asia and Australasia

This authoritative multi-volume directory covers Asia and Australasia's largest companies, including the names of senior executives. For each company, you'll find contact data, a description of business activities, financial information for the last two years and more.
The Major Companies of Asia and Australasia set is comprised of the following volumes. Note that your library may subscribe to volumes individually, or as a complete set.

Major Companies of the Arab World

This directory provides information on the largest companies in Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Algeria, Bahrain, Dubai, Egypt, Fujairah, Gaza/West Bank, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Ras Al Kaimah, Saudi Arabia, Sharjah, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Um Al Quwain and Yemen. Also included are the names of senior executives. For each company, you'll find contact data, a description of business activities, financial information for the last two years and more.

Major Companies of Africa South of the Sahara

This directory is an essential resource for any company wanting to exploit expanding business opportunities with South Africa and 42 other African nations. Major companies in South Africa are covered, as are businesses in non-Arab countries south of the Sahara. In addition to current and comprehensive information on each company, you'll also find the names of senior executives.

Major Companies of Latin America and the Caribbean

Covering 47 countries, this comprehensive directory covers major companies in Latin America and leading Caribbean firms. Included are names and titles of directors and senior executives, providing business professionals and researchers with the data needed to pursue opportunities in this growing and increasingly stable part of the world. Companies covered include the most important manufacturers, exporters, importers, service companies and financial institutions.

Major Companies of Central & Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

Combining the research expertise of both Graham & Whiteside and Dun & Bradstreet, this joint publication includes the most important business organizations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics. In addition to current and comprehensive information on each company, you'll also find the names of senior executives.


INDUSTRY SECTOR DIRECTORIES

Major Chemical and Petrochemical Companies of the World

This directory covers the leading chemical and petrochemical companies worldwide. Coverage includes companies involved with general chemicals, petrochemicals, industrial gases, agricultural chemicals, specialty chemicals, fertilizers and oil refining. Listings feature full contact information, a description of business activities and products, financial data, the names of senior executives and more.

Major Energy Companies of the World

This directory covers companies involved in coal mining and coal products; electricity supply; fuel distribution; natural gas supply; nuclear engineering; oil and gas exploration and production; oil and gas services and equipment; and oil refining worldwide. Listings feature full contact information, a description of business activities and products, financial data, the names of senior executives and more.

Major Telecommunications Companies of the World

This directory profiles the leading telecommunications companies worldwide, including many of the top Internet companies. Listings feature full contact information, a description of business activities and products, financial data, the names of senior executives and more.

Major Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies of the World

This directory covers the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, providing essential business profiles of the international leaders in the industry. Listings feature full contact information, a description of business activities and products, financial data, the names of senior executives and more.

Major Financial Institutions of the World

Essential for those doing business in the global financial market, this directory covers the leading financial institutions worldwide, including banks, investment, insurance and leasing companies. Entries in this 2-volume set typically provide: full contact information, a description of business activities and products, financial data, the names of senior executives and more.

Major Food & Drink Companies of the World

This directory covers the leading food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink companies worldwide. Listings feature full contact information, a description of business activities and products, financial data, the names of senior executives and more.

Major Information Technology Companies of the World

This directory profiles the leading information technology companies worldwide. Listings feature full contact information, a description of business activities and products, financial data, the names of senior executives and more.

Section 2: Method of Compilation

The companies have been selected on the basis of the size of their sales volume, premium income or total assets, as appropriate. All entries have been published free of charge.

Section 3: What You'll Find in a G&W Entry and Searchable Fields

Graham & Whiteside, a leading international publisher of business information, publishes company reference annuals on major parts of the world. The main method used to store entries is by company name; however, there many ways to find entries, including by Keyword, or by some other specific field of data using Advanced Search (refer to the Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column in the table below).

When you search for entries, your search results will show the main fields of data, enough to give you a brief view of the company profiled. The full entry can be viewed on the entry display page by selecting the entry name from your results list.

Tip: The table below lists the kinds of information you will find in the entries in this eDirectory. Note that not all fields are present in every entry.

The Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column lists which Advanced Search index to use to search that field.

Field of Information Description Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es)
Company Name The name of the company. When the company name is a personal name, the company name is alphabetized by the surname unless the first name or initial is part of a trade name. Name (ti)
Keyword (ke)
Address The full mailing address. City (cc)
State (sc)
Zip (zc)
Country (cn)

Note: The State and Zip indexes only search addresses within the U.S. and Canada.
Phone The international telephone number. Area Code (ar)
Note: The Area Code index only searches telephone numbers within the U.S. and Canada.
Fax The international fax number.  
Email The company's e-mail address.  
Website URL for the company web site.  
Contact / Officer(s) May list Board of Directors, Senior Executives, Management, Audit Committee and the like. Note that the Officer(s) field appears as part of the item's listing on the results list page. Officers (na)
Keyword (ke)
Status The company status. For example, could be: Partnership, Private, Public, State Owned, Non Quoted Public Company, Joint Venture and others. Note that this field appears as part of the item's listing on the results list page. Type (cf)
Exchange / Ticker Symbol For a publicly traded company, lists the ticker symbol used to identify it on a stock exchange and the stock exchange(s) on which the company is traded. Note that this field appears as part of the item's listing on the results list page.

Here is a partial list of stock exchanges around the world:
  • AMEX — American Stock Exchange
  • BRVM — Bourse Regionale des Valeurs Mobilieres SA (West Africa)
  • BSE — Bombay Stock Exchange
  • BOVESPA — BM&F Bovespa (Sao Paulo)
  • Deutsche Boerse
  • Jakarta Stock Exchange
  • JASDAQ Securities Exchange
  • Kuwait Stock Exchange
  • London Stock Exchange
  • MICEX - Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange
  • NASDAQ – National Association of Securities Dealers’ Automated Quotations
  • NSE - National Stock Exchange of India
  • NYSE – New York Stock Exchange
  • Sao Paulo Stock Exchange
  • TASE - Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange
  • Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • Toronto Stock Exchange
Ticker Symbol (ts)
Exchange (ex)
Staff The number of individuals employed by the company is provided when available. Note that this field appears as part of the item's listing on the results list page. Employee Count (em)
Founded The year of the company’s founding is given if provided by the company. Note that this field appears as part of the item's listing on the results list page. Year Founded (fd)
Principal Activities / Description A description of the type services offered or products manufactured may be provided. Note that the Description field appears as part of the item's listing on the results list page. Keyword (ke)
ISIN Lists the 12-character International Securities Identifying Number, as assigned by ISO. Note that this field appears as part of the item's listing on the results list page. ISIN (si)
Major Products Describes the principal product/service the company manufactures, sells, leases, distributes, provides, etc. Product Name/Description (sg)
Company History / Mergers and Acquisitions / Divestments Additional company information.  
Joint Ventures Lists any joint ventures in which the company participates.  
Trade Names Lists any brand or product names associated with the company. Trade Names (pr)
Principal Agencies / Branch Offices / Subsidiary Companies / Affiliated Companies / Associated Companies Additional company information.  
Parent Company If the company profiled is a subsidiary or division (refer to the Type field above), this field displays the name of the parent company that has immediate ownership. Name (ti)
Company Registration Number Depending on the country, some entries will display a registration number. Company Registration Number (cr)
Principal Bank The company's principal bank is listed when available.  
Auditor The independent accounting firm retained by the company is listed when available.  
Principal Law Firm The law firm retained by the company is listed when available.  
Principal Shareholders Lists the number of principal shareholders when available.  
Financial Information When known, displays two years of financial information in one or more of the following categories: Fee Income (banks and financial institutions), Income, Premium Income (insurance companies), Revenue, Sales and Total Assets. The currency used by the company will be noted, along with the fiscal year-end date (in the format DD-MM-YYYY) of the figures.

Use the corresponding Reporting Currency index to specify the currency.

Note that financial figures are displayed in thousands. When searching using one of the indexes shown to the right, keep in mind that the system will convert the number you enter to thousands. For example, enter 500 and the system will search for 500,000. To search on a range of numbers, say between 12.5M and 499.0M, you would enter the range of 12,500-499,000.

You may also use less than/greater than symbols:
< <= > >=
For example: <=10000 would find entries less than or equal to 10.0M.

Note that while negative numbers may appear in the financial data within some entries, it is not possible to search for negative numbers.

Note that when searching on the Fiscal Year End field, you need to search by quarter (i.e., q1, q2, q3 or q4 - get more info here).
Fee Income (fi)
Fee Income - Reporting Currency (yl)
Income-in USD 1000's (ic)
Income - Reporting Currency (yk)
Premium Income (ri)
Premium Income - Reporting Currency (xj)
Revenue (ru)
Revenue - Reporting Currency (xl)
Sales - in USD 1,000's (an)
Sales - Reporting Currency (yj)
Total Assets - in USD 1,000's (ta)
Total Assets - Reporting Currency (xk)
Fiscal Year End (ye)
SIC(s) Lists the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes, which are a way of dividing industries into hierarchical categories. The first digit indicates the highest-level, broad division code; the second digit designates the major group; the third digit specifies the industry group; and the fourth the specific industry. For example, in the SIC code 2047, the 2 refers to Manufacturing, the 0 corresponds to Food And Kindred Products, the 4 represents Grain Mill Products, and the 7 specifically designates Dog and Cat Food manufacturers.

SIC codes listed for an entry are active links. Click on a code to perform a search in Gale Directory Library for all entries referencing that code.
SIC (ss)
Region This field displays the geographic region, allowing you to search for entries by the broader grouping of region.

When searching the G&W Regional directories (see list above), this field displays the region from the title of the directory:
  • Europe (with the specific region in parentheses, such as Southern Europe, France, Germany, Benelux Region, Scandinavia, Central Europe, United Kingdom and Ireland)
  • Asia and Australasia (with the specific region in parentheses, such as South East Asia, East Asia, Australasia, South West Asia)
  • Arab World
  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

Here are the regions used in the G&W Industry Sector directories (see list above):,
  • Africa (South of the Sahara)
  • Arab World
  • Asia and Australasia
  • Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • North America
Geographic Region (rg)
Source Citation Bibliographic information, along with a How to Cite link.  
Gale Document Number Displays the document's unique identifying number.  

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