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Abbreviation or Short form for Company and Corporation

What is the abbreviation for COMPANY?

The word "Company" is represented in short in the following ways.
  • Co
  • Co.
  • Coy
Abbreviation for the word 'Companies'

The plural of Company is 'Companies', the abbreviation of which is 'Cos.'.

The most popular use is of "Co." and the least use is of "Coy". 

"Coy" is mostly used in the countries like UK, Australia and some Commonwealth countries.

Example
  • McKinsey & Company - "McKinsey & Co."
  • Crawford Bayley & Co. - "Crawford Bayley & Co."
  • There are no funds available in the Co.
What is the abbreviation for CORPORATION?

The word "Corporation" is represented in short in the following ways.
  • Corp
  • Corp.
  • CPN.
Example
  • Microsoft Corporation - "Microsoft Corp."

What is a LTD in Company name?

When a company registers with limited liability, the word "Limited" forms part of the name of the company and is added at the end of the company's title. Here, limited liability means the shareholder of the company are only liable towards the capital of the company they have opted for. E.g. If the shareholder has subscribed for $300 share value of the company and has paid $200, and in cases the company is unable to pay its debt (cases like liquidation), then the shareholder is liable to pay rest of the $100 only.

This use of "Limited" is abbreviated as "Ltd" . The use of Limited company structure is mostly popular in countries like United Kingdom, India, etc.

Example
  • Barclays Insurance Services Company Ltd.
  • JPMorgan Asset Management (UK) Ltd.
What does it mean when a company is incorporated?

It simply means that the Company is registered with the government. Upon registration it becomes a legitimate business, every company is also given unique registration number by the authorized government authority.




What does INC mean after a company name?

'INC' is short for Incorporated.

When a company is incorporated /registered with the government and becomes a separate legal entity, it is required to use "Incorporated" or its short form "Inc." at the end of its name.


Example

  • Twitter Inc.
  • Facebook, Inc.

Difference between | Co. | Inc. | Ltd. | 

So, the question is - "Why the companies are abbreviated differently even though they are all called 'company'? 

Well, the answer is - "While Inc. & Ltd. are almost similar and are used in case of registered companies, 'Inc.' is used in USA & some countries and 'Ltd.' is used in UK & some countries. Whereas 'Co.' is used for businesses who are not registered companies, these businesses are generally association of persons or sole proprietorship concerns where a group of people work together for an organisation.

Please refer the examples of Co., Inc. & Ltd. as given above in this post.

Country-wise special abbreviations for registered companies

Country / Region
(Private) Limited Company
(Public) Limited Company
Short Form
Full Form
English Translation
Short Form
Full Form
English Translation
Africa
(Pty) Ltd.
Privaat Maatskappy
Private Company
Ltd.
Publieke Maatskappy
Public Company
Australia
Pty Ltd
Proprietary Limited
Proprietary Limited Company
Ltd
Limited
Limited Company
Austria
GesmbH or Ges.m.b.H.
Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung
Company with Limited Liability
AG
Aktiengesellschaft
Joint-stock Company
Finland
Oy
Osakeyhtiö
Limited Liability Company
Oyj
Julkinen Osakeyhtiö
Public Limited Company
France
SàRL
Société à Responsabilité Limitée
Limited Liability Company
S.A.
Société Anonyme
Joint-stock Company
Germany
GmbH
Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung
Company with Limited Liability
AG
Aktiengesellschaft
Joint-stock Company
India
Pvt. Ltd.
Private Limited
Private Limited
Ltd.
Limited
Limited
Indonesia
PT
Perseoran Terbatas
Limited Liability Company
PT Tbk
Perseroan Terbatas Terbuka or Perseroan Terbuka
Open Company Limited
Ireland
Ltd.
Limited
Limited
Plc
Public Limited Company
Public Limited Company
Italy
S.R.L.
Società a Responsabilità Limitata
Limited Liability Company
S.P.A.
Società Per Azioni
Joint-stock Company
Malaysia
Sdn. Bhd.
Sendirian Berhad
Private Company
Bhd.
Berhad
Public Company
Romania
SRL
Societate cu Răspundere Limitată
Limited Liability Company
S.A.
Societate pe Acţiuni
Joint-stock Company
Singapore
Pte Ltd
Private Limited
Private Limited
Ltd
Limited
Limited
Spain
S.L.
Sociedad Limitada
Limited Company
S.A.
Sociedad Anónima
Joint-stock Company
Sweden
AB
Privat Aktiebolag
Private Limited Company
AB (publ.)
Publikt Aktiebolag
Public Limited Company
The Netherlands
BV
Besloten Vennootschap
Private Company
NV
Naamloze Vennootschap
Joint-stock Company
United Kingdom
Ltd.
Limited
Limited
Plc
Public Limited Company
Public Limited Company
Wales
Cyf
Cyfyngedig
Limited
CCC
Cwmni Cyfyngedig Cyhoeddus
Public Limited Company

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