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bibliotheca Group Acquire AMH Specialists Trion AG

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, within which the addition of Trion technology further solidifies bibliotheca’s place as the premier provider of solutions designed to improve operational efficiency and the overall customer experience in libraries.

Trion AG, formed in 1999, quickly rose to prominence within Europe and the Middle East as the predominant 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 fully 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 U,S respectively. This is consistent with bibliotheca’s commitment to offering customers a 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 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 allows me bring bibliotheca’s innovative products to libraries in whatever corner of the world they may be.”

About bibliotheca
bibliotheca is dedicated to the development of solutions that help libraries connect with users in unique ways and provide engaging experiences, allowing them to continually evolve their library services for the changing needs of their communities. Their products are designed to provide a welcoming, intuitive and seamless environment for those that use the library – wherever they choose to use it - be that at home, on the move or within the library itself.

With over 30,000 libraries as part of their family, they have installed and continue to support more than 10,000 self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 Automated Materials Handling (sorter) systems. In addition, the cloudLibrary™ digital platform powers eBook and eAudiobook lending at a further 3,000 libraries.

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