Jobs boost for Stockport as ID business makes German acquisition

Stephen Dodd, european commercial director, Digital ID group

Digital ID, a Stockport based creator of security photo ID cards has acquired Identbase, a German company in the same industry.

The acquisition will see the opening of up to 25 new jobs in Stockport over the coming year.

The acquisition brings the headcount of Digital ID to 160+ staff located across six offices in the UK, Sweden, Holland, Germany and Austria. The deal also combines UK based Digital ID with Identbase of Germany, Plasco, AlphaCard and ID Wholesaler located in the US.

Based in Meppen in north western Germany close to the Dutch border, Identbase distributes photo identification and access control products, such as card printers, printed cards, consumables and card wearing accessories.

Launched in 1990, Digital ID helps businesses and organisations of all sizes with secure photo ID card printing and access control requirements.

Now in its 32nd year, in 2018, the company was acquired by Barcodes Inc, North America’s leading provider of barcode, mobile computing, and RFID (radio frequency identification) solutions.

Stephen Dodd, european commercial director of the Digital ID Group, said: “Identbase has an excellent reputation in the industry, an impressive team of staff and a loyal client base. I very much look forward to working with Marcus Brand and the wider Identbase team. We now have three key distribution hubs located throughout Europe enabling the group to increase and hold stronger stock levels to meet our ever-growing demand in much quicker timescales.”

Marcus Brand, managing director and founder of Identbase said: “With our specialist industry knowledge and technical expertise combined with strategic manufacturer relations, we represent a sound opportunity for Digital ID to expand European presence further. 

“We can already see a benefit in joining our processes and systems to offer customers a faster, simpler and easier ordering experience. Our trade customers now have instant access to a much wider and more innovative product range which will only benefit their growth further. On a personal note, I look forward to being part of the Digital ID Group and working with a team of dedicated professionals”.

Now in its 32nd year, the business has offices in Stockport, Oxford, Gothenburg, Amsterdam and now Germany and Austria.

The value of the acquisition has not been disclosed.

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