UPM Sells Its RFID Business to Smartrac
HELSINKI, FINLAND—Dec. 22, 2011—UPM has reached an agreement with Smartrac N.V. whereby UPM sells its RFID business to Smartrac. UPM will become an indirect shareholder of Smartrac, with a 10.6 percent economic interest through the company OEP Technologie B.V.
The closing of the deal is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2012. The transaction is still subject to regulatory approvals.
Smartrac is registered in the Netherlands, and is one of the global market leaders in high-quality RFID inlays for electronic passports and contactless credit cards as well as for RFID transponders for public transport applications.
“UPM has been developing and investing in its RFID inlay business for a number of years. The business unit has evolved from a small venture to a sizeable business and is now recognised as the market leader in its field. Combining the business unit with a company with the industry’s widest RFID business portfolio, we give it new leverage to continue to develop successfully. We see significant value increase potential in this new combination. Therefore we are pleased to become an indirect shareholder of Smartrac,” says Jussi Vanhanen, President, Engineered Materials, UPM.
“Becoming part of the leading player in the RFID industry opens up totally new possibilities for us. I am convinced that this new setup will be a strong player in the growing RFID market place, ready to offer support and solutions to customers around the world,” says Marcus Vaenerberg, senior vice president, UPM RFID.
“UPM RFID is a true pioneer in the global RFID tags and inlay business. We are delighted to add such an experienced and capable crew to our global team. The transaction will provide us with a strong product offering for NFC and UHF RFID tags and inlays and will furnish us with favourable additional manufacturing capacities in strategically important markets. The combination of Smartrac and UPM RFID will significantly accelerate our momentum as a developer and supplier of passive RFID tags and inlays for all relevant application fields of today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Christian Fischer, CEO of Smartrac.
UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 24,500 people and it has production plants in 16 countries. UPM’s annual sales exceed €10 billion.
About UPM RFID
UPM RFID, part of UPM’s Engineered Materials business group, is the world’s number one producer of HF, NFC and UHF radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays. UPM RFID has a global service network consisting of factories in China and the United States and a broad network of sales offices worldwide.
Smartrac is a leading developer, manufacturer, and supplier of RFID components for a broad range of applications in all current frequency standards. The company produces both ready-made and customized transponders for public transport, access control, RFID-based car immobilizers, animal identification, libraries, industry, and logistics.
Smartrac is one of the global market leaders in high-quality RFID inlays for electronic passports (e-passports) and contactless credit cards (e-payment) as well as for RFID transponders for public transportation applications. Smartrac was founded in 2000, went public in July 2006, and trades as a stock corporation under Dutch law with its registered headquarters in Amsterdam. The company currently employs some 3,300 employees and maintains a global research and development, production, and sales network. SMARTRAC has recently also announced the acquisitions of Neology Inc. and KSW Microtec AG.