Continuing with its international growth and expansion, Bibliotheca is taking the next step in strengthening its global footprint by extending operations into the emerging Brazilian library market. In a new joint venture with existing system integrator MultiSystems, Bibliotheca will form a new office to bring the class-leading products and services of Bibliotheca Group to the South American library market.
MultiSystems, one of the leading providers of RFID and EM systems for libraries was formed in 1995 as a specialist access control system integrator and developed into one of the leading players in the Brazilian market. In 1999, the activities were expanded into library automation and theft prevention, focusing additionally on CCTV and later adding EM and RFID security. Today, MultiSystems maintains a market share of approx. 40% of the library security market. This venture will enable Bibliotheca to strengthen their activities by offering new products and services, a strong well-established brand and a scalable backend support operation.
The move towards South America opens a country with a population of 192 million (5th largest state in the world) and approx. 110,000 libraries. A designated EM market with until now very limited RFID penetration offers great opportunities to leverage the global system integration experience and product range of Bibliotheca. Bibliotheca's appearance in the Brazilian market is well recognized by both library management system vendors and librarians: With the UFBA University, Bibliotheca Brazil has already secured its first reference project to equip three libraries with RFID/EM hybrid technology.
Sven Carlson, Bibliotheca's Global Director of Partners, trusts in the Brazilian market and knows well about the Brazilian librarians' affection to automation technology: "Improved patron service, asset protection and inventory management technology are the major issues on the librarians' agenda in Brazil. More than in any other country, Brazil is seeking the latest technology and features to protect their collections, raise efficiencies and improve customer service in day-to-day operations. With this new venture, we are confident that we can bring our dynamic product set to these libraries and help them with the improvements and efficiencies that they are striving for."
Together with Bibliotheca's range of staff, shelf and self-service kiosk products, the company will focus heavily on introducing its proven range of Automated Materials Handling (AMH) solutions to Brazil, providing libraries with the opportunity to invest in proven time and cost saving return solutions.
Bibliotheca 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. Bibliotheca 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.