Vitaprotech acquires ARD

Lyon, France

Vitaprotec Group, a key player in the security and management of critical sites, has announced their purchase of ARD, an indisputable French player in access-control and electronic banking.

This acquisition will enable Vitaprotech Group, supported by BPI France and Eurazeo PME since July 2018, to reinforce its market position, especially in the education and health sectors and to become the leader in the French security market.

This acquisition is part of its strategy of external growth and the development of technological solutions to secure sensitive sites.

Vitaprotech Group will deploy its actions via three axes:

Firstly, R&D Investment- Re-investing more than 8% of its sales turnover, R&D is already a key component of the Group’s strategy and the existing 15 ARD engineers will help to reinforce the existing team of 35 engineers.

Second, integration of production and logistics best practices. TIL Technologies will benefit from ARD’s existing production and logistic infrastructures located at its Gap (France) facilities.

And finally, marketing and sales optimisation. The Group's offer of products and services will be enriched by complementary products, already well positioned in their markets, a new electronic banking skills, as well as a consolidated and competitive mechatronic offer.

In addition, joint developments will make it possible to respond in a relevant and effective way to the new technological challenges of digitising the businesses.

ARD, and its clients, will have access to Vitaprotech’s know-how, infrastructures and technologies including:

• intrusion-detection systems, designed by Sorhea and Eurocloture Security, and intelligent, videoanalytics software developed by Protech Videowave,

• training centres for installers and end-users,

• access to international markets.

The goal of Vitaprotech, according to the company, is to become a European reference in the securing of sensitive sites. The plan is stated as being based on three main pillars: increased technological investment and development along with new products and services; acceleration of expansion within Europe and America; and external growth, and the ARD acquisition is very much in-line with this plan.


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