German company Materna has taken over DSG Bagdrop from Norway.
Dortmund-based Materna offers solutions covering everything from check-in and bag-drop to security and boarding.
DSG Bagdrop specialises in self-service bagdrop.
Materna believes that the acquisition of DSG Backdrop will give them a first-class self-bag drop product portfolio that will strengthen their position in automated passenger handling.
DSG believes that the new owners will boost market opportunities.
DSG Bagdrop will continue to develop and support their current products for all existing DSG Bagdrop customers.
All DSG Bagdrop employees will remain located in Oslo, Norway.
Helmut Binder, CEO of Materna Group, said:
“We are truly pleased to welcome DSG Bagdrop as a part of the Materna Group. DSG Bagdrop is a leading solution provider in Europe and we are looking forward to extending our success in this aviation market segment by integrating the renowned DSG Bagdrop products.”
Liselotte Neste, Executive Vice President Business Line Mobility and responsible for Materna’s aviation industry segment:
“The DSG Bagdrop team is a pioneer in this industry segment and has combined excellent technology with a fresh modern design to improve bag drop processes with their in-depth understanding of all parties involved and deep knowledge of the respective baggage flows inside the terminals. They are a center of excellence in this field.”
Idar Sørgjerd, CEO of DSG Bagdrop
“Materna´s international network of sales and service professionals will get our products out to new markets. They are an international organization with regional offices in Asia and North America.
Their supplier relationships with leading international airlines like Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines or easyJet and airports like London Gatwick and Hamburg Airport are also very exciting for DSG Bagdrop.”
Self bag drop on the increase
Baggage handling automation is increasing worldwide as airports and airlines are installing self-service bag drop solutions.
There are two main reasons: to reduce the lines at traditional check-in and bag drop desks and to cuts costs by reducing staff numbers.
While the total time to check-in and drop a bag has increased with the introduction of self-service check-in, self-tagging and self bag drop, the perception is that it is faster.
Takeover good for the industry?
The move echoes the recent takeover by SITA of the Dutch bag drop supplier Type22.
This is certainly good news for all the companies involved, but is it so good for the industry?
For decades the industry has been dominated by a very small number of companies, including SITA.
The past few years has seen many more companies getting success including Type22, Phase 5, Ink, Vision-box and so on.
Without a doubt these new companies and others have raised the game and shown the way for more small, innovative companies.
N.B. Image credit: materna.de