Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc., founded as Lanston Monotype Machine Company in 1887 in Philadelphia by Tolbert Lanston, is an American (historically Anglo-American) company that specializes in digital typesetting and typeface design for use with consumer electronics devices. Incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, the company has been responsible for many developments in printing technology—in particular the Monotype machine, which was a fully mechanical hotmetal typesetter, that produced texts automatically, all single type. Monotype was involved in the design and production of many typefaces in the 20th century. Monotype developed many of the most widely used typeface designs, including Times New Roman, Gill Sans, Arial, Bembo and Albertus.
|Type||Privately held company|
|Industry||Pre-press and pre-media services|
machinery industry and plant construction
|Founded||1887 (as Lanston Monotype Machine Company)|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Ninan Chacko (CEO)|
|Subsidiaries||Linotype GmbH, International Typeface Corporation, Bitstream Inc., FontShop, Fontsmith, typography.com and URW Type Foundry|
Via acquisitions of Linotype GmbH, International Typeface Corporation, Bitstream Inc., FontShop, typography.com and URW Type Foundry, the company gained the rights to fonts including Helvetica, ITC Franklin Gothic, Optima, ITC Avant Garde, Palatino, FF DIN, and URW Grotesk. It also owns MyFonts, used by many independent font design studios. The company is owned by HGGC, a private equity firm.