Rotkreuz, Switzerland - Wednesday 1 February 2012. Bibliotheca Group announce a significant addition to their product and service line-up with the acquisition of Trion Library Systems, one of the world's leading manufacturers of Automated Materials Handling (AMH) solutions designed specifically for libraries.
Formed in 2011 through the merger of Bibliotheca (Switzerland), Intellident (UK) and ITG (US), the Bibliotheca Group now represents one of the leading global providers of RFID solutions to libraries. The addition of Trion technology further solidifies Bibliotheca Group's place as the premier provider of solutions designed to improve operational efficiency and overall customer experience in libraries.
Trion AG, formed in 1999, quickly rose to prominence in Europe and the Middle East as the premier supplier of AMH systems to libraries, with particular focus on quality and engineering. During the period before the creation of the Bibliotheca Group, Trion AG already had established partnerships with all Group businesses as one of their key suppliers to customers in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
"The addition of Trion to the Group ensures that Bibliotheca will have unparalleled resources dedicated to offering libraries the most robust, feature rich and cost effective AMH products in the marketplace," states Jim Hopwood, Bibliotheca's President Europe and CTO. "The full integration of hardware and software made possible by having both development teams under one roof will enable us to keep pace with the quickly changing creative possibilities made possible through technological advances. In addition the Trion range of products is a perfect compliment to the sorting systems that we currently co-develop with Gilgen and Design Industries, AMH manufacturers based in Switzerland and the US respectively. This is consistent with Bibliotheca's commitment to offering customers an excellent variety of options from which they can choose. From basic systems designed to deliver the most mission critical benefits at low cost, to the most sophisticated solutions with graphical interactive user interfaces, we have products that are just right for differing objectives and different budgets."
Shai Robkin, Bibliotheca's US President and Head of Distribution is particularly excited by the company's expanding product portfolio: "We understand that libraries worldwide are under serious budgetary constraints. The acquisition of Trion means that libraries, whether serviced directly by Bibliotheca or by one of our official partners, will be able to implement the greatest labour saving technology at the lowest possible investment, and our full ownership of the technology allows us to manufacture and assemble our systems in the most cost effective locations as well as those closest to our markets."
Sven Carlson, founder and CEO of Trion, will lead the Bibliotheca partners team, helping the company's independent distributors meet the specific needs of their local markets. "I am incredibly excited by the opportunity to join the global library technology leader in a position that will allow me to bring Bibliotheca's innovative products to libraries in whatever corner of the world they may be."
About Bibliotheca Group
The Bibliotheca Group was formed in the spring of 2011 when the three leading independent companies of Bibliotheca (Switzerland), Intellident (UK) and Integrated Technology Group, ITG (North America) merged to create a single, global entity. In January of 2012, the Group was extended further with the acquisition of Trion AG, one of Europe's leading AMH suppliers. The Group is financially backed by One Equity Partners, a division of JP Morgan Chase & Co.
The formation of this Group creates the world's largest company dedicated to the development, deployment and support of RFID-based solutions, with particular focus on public, private and academic library markets.