Zetes acquires ProScan in an industry first in South Africa

The ProScan Group has announced that it has been acquired by Zetes Industries, a leading pan-European company specialising in automatic identification solutions and services for goods and people.


This is an unprecedented move in the South African data automation and mobile computing landscape, where for the first time, a listed global group has entered this market to expand its operations into South Africa and Africa at large.
Established in 1984 with headquarters in Belgium, Zetes Industries has grown both organically and through acquisitions, and today has subsidiaries in 14 countries (Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, the Nordics, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom).
The company currently employs around 900 employees and generates revenues in excess of 216-million Euros (R2,1-billion) per annum. Today, the group concentrates its offerings on two main business segments, namely goods identification (goods ID) and people identification (people ID).
The ProScan Group, established in 2004, is the leading specialists in supply chain, automated data collection and mobile computing technologies and solutions in southern Africa.
The group comprises three companies, namely ProScan Mobility, ProScan Media and iData Distribution, that focus on delivering technologies, services and solutions to the retail, fast moving consumer goods, transport and logistics, healthcare, pharmaceutical, services and utilities industries either directly or through accredited channel partners.
Andrew Fosbook, MD of the ProScan Group, comments, “Due to the gravitas of the global group, ProScan will rebrand to Zetes – ProScan and will comprise a Mobile and Media Division. Due to its reseller focus, iData Distribution will retain its name and continue trading independently.”
According to Fosbrook, the acquisition of ProScan by Zetes is a perfect alignment, as both organisations share similar histories, solutions, services, vendor partners, and visions.
“This synergy is significant as it provides ProScan with access to knowledge, capabilities and experience in software, technologies, solutions, and services that are way ahead of South Africa, which will assist to accelerate our expansion. In addition, we will leverage off Zetes’ relationships with multinational companies in Europe by extending them to the South African and African markets,” he says.
ProScan will also enjoy the financial backing and purchasing power of Zetes as Europe’s largest value added reseller of Motorola and Intermec solutions. Recently, Zetes was recognised as top partner for Intermec and Vocollect.
“ProScan’s established presence and leadership position in southern Africa will assist us to establish a strong presence in Africa, which is regarded as the next growth point for multinationals requiring the same support and service experienced in Europe,” says Alain Wirtz, CEO of Zetes Industries.
Fosbook, who will continue to head up the group after the acquisition, says, “We will embark on a rebranding exercise and adopt the Zetes’ name and corporate identity, but there will be no major changes from an operational point of view.
“The acquisition bodes well for the South African market and our existing customers, as the backing of a large global organisation will allow us to explore new product applications and multi-national customer opportunities, so we can expand our services and grow our market share in South Africa and the rest of Africa,” concludes Fosbook.
The transaction will enter into effect on 1 July, 2011.

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