Bibliotheca Group, the international library radio-frequency identification (RFID) equipment manufacturer headquartered in Switzerland, today announced the acquisition of Zurich-based Trion AG, a leading supplier of automated materials handling systems for libraries in Europe and the Middle East. Terms were not disclosed.
The purchase is only the latest expansion for the RFID company, after multiple mergers last year. In April 2011, Bibliotheca’s U.S.-based operation and RFID provider Integrated Technology Group merged to create Norcross, GA-based Bibliotheca ITG. A June merger with UK-based RFID company Intellident, as LJ reported, also included Intellident’s French subsidiary Ident SAS. Bibliotheca Group is financially backed by private equity firm One Equity Partners, a division of JPMorgan Chase.
Before the Bibliotheca mergers, Trion had previously established partnerships with its constituent businesses as a supplier in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy.
Bibliotheca has also recently added staff in its U.S. market. Last month, Terry Morris and Dan Denault were named as account managers for Bibliotheca ITG’s North American sales team. Morris, a former account manager for Polaris Library Systems, will focus on the east-central U.S. and holds a master of library science degree, and Denault, a former librarian who holds a master of library and information science degree from the University of Western Ontario, London, will be based in Ottawa, ON.