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Library RFID Companies Bibliotheca and Intellident To Merge

Library radio-frequency identification (RFID) equipment makers Bibliotheca and UK-based Intellident announced a merger, creating the "largest specialized RFID company in Europe."

The deal will also include Intellident's French subsidiary Ident SAS.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Though the current deal will likely have little impact on the U.S. library RFID market, it's an indication of an apparent growth strategy on the part of Switzerland-based Bibliotheca.

Intellident leads the UK library market with more than 1200 installations, according to the company.

In April, Bibliotheca's U.S. operation and U.S. library RFID provider Integrated Technology Group combined, creating a new company, Bibliotheca ITG, covering the North and South American markets.

(ITG, according to the Bibliotheca website, had a "larger customer base and overall operation in North America" than Bibliotheca did before the merger.)

In the wake of this latest merger, both the new company—which will use the Intellident name and focus on the European market—and Bibliotheca ITG will be part of Bibliotheca Group.

Darren Ratcliffe, previously sales and marketing director at Intellident, has been named managing director of the new business, which will be based in the UK.

Intellident will be financially backed by One Equity Partners, a division of JPMorgan Chase.

Intellident, acquired by private equity firm Chamonix in December 2010, had been owned previously by the UK-based plastic packaging manufacturer LINPAC Group.

Source: http://www.libraryjournal.com

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