In the future, ORGA will have a physical presence in South Africa, one of the most important smart card markets on the continent. Involvement in the ICT joint venture, with headquarters in Johannesburg, will enable the smart card specialist to serve the region faster and more purposefully than ever before.
Involved in ICT alongside ORGA are Gieseke & Devrient, Nampak and also the South African partner Nasionale. While smart card manufacturers ORGA and G&D are bringing technological know-how and customers with them, the packaging specialist Nampak and the Nasionale Group, coming from the field of publishing, are contributing an extensive infrastructure to the success of the joint venture. Paul Hill, who manages the ORGA UK subsidiary and played a leading role in the creation of the new joint venture, sets high hopes for this partnership: “ORGA has been developing our presence in South Africa for over 5 years and has long recognized the potential for rapid expansion of chip card applications in this highly sophisticated marketplace. We are particularly excited to be participating in a collaboration involving such strong partners and look forward to a bright future in South Africa.”
ICT is the third international joint venture in which ORGA has been involved, following ORGA Zelenograd, Russia, Smart Cards & Systems (1996) and Shenzhen, China, ORGA Smart Cards & Systems (1997). Behind this lies the strategy to expand globally with international cooperation by setting up companies and joint ventures to serve regional markets fast and flexibly, in line with demand. ORGA intends to push ahead with this program in the coming years.
Paderborn-based ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH is one of the pioneers and market leaders of the smart card industry. It is jointly held by Preussag AG of Hanover (37.45%) and Bundesdruckerei, Berlin, (37.45%) and Bonn-based Deutsche Telepost Consulting GmbH (Detecon), a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom (25.1%). With other subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Great Britain, France, USA, CIS, as well as a branch office in Singapore, ORGA enjoys a world-wide presence.Details