Stockport’s Digital ID has been acquired by AlphaCard Systems to create the world’s largest ID card company.
Established in Portland, Oregon, in 1998, AlphaCard Systems is the largest ID card company in the US, specialising in the supply of photo ID card printers, consumables and ID software.
With the addition of Digital ID, which has its head office near Stockport town centre, the group now employs 360 staff in offices in 11 cities around the globe.
Jonathan Fell, Managing Director of Digital ID Group, said: “The opportunity to join forces with AlphaCard Systems was an opportunity we couldn’t turn down.
“AlphaCard has an excellent reputation in the industry, an impressive team of staff and a fantastic client base.
“This acquisition enables us to rapidly evolve our growth strategy, which in part has been fuelled by the launch of our own advanced ID card design software, EasyBadge, and we’re excited to push this to the US market.
“The partnership will see us create around 40 new jobs, taking the business from 60 employees to 100 over the next three years.”
The Digital ID Group is on track to achieve 20% organic growth in 2018, with an anticipated turnover of £22m.
The deal comes at an excellent time for both brands with the launch of the new IDP Smart 31 card printer to the ID market.
Todd Muscato, Senior Vice President of AlphaCard Systems, added: “AlphaCard has seen tremendous growth over the last few years.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work and talented people to achieve the results we’ve seen in the US, and we are thrilled to be in a position to expand our brand globally.
“Myself and the team look forward to working with the team at Digital ID and the benefits we will experience from working alongside their ambitious and fast-growing organisation.”