Oberthur Technologies

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Oberthur Technologies
Industry Electronics
Founded 1984
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people
Pascal Stefani (Chairman of the board), Didier Lamouche (CEO)
Products Smart cards, security printings and related services
Number of employees
6300 (2013)[1]
Website www.oberthur.com

Oberthur Technologies is a French secure technology company, providing digital security solutions for Smart Transactions, Mobile Financial Services, Machine-to-Machine, Digital Identity and Transport & Access Control.[2] As of 2008, Oberthur's revenue was €882 million.[1] Oberthur Technologies is the successor of the Oberthur printing which was founded in 1842 by the master printer and lithographer, François Charles Oberthur.[3]


In 1842, Oberthur Printing was founded by printer and lithographer, François-Charles Oberthür

1984 Jean-Pierre Savare takes over the security printing activity of François-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire [4]

1985 Creation of François-Charles Oberthur Card Systems

1990 Acquisition of Banknote of America Corporation

1991 Creation of François-Charles Oberthur Chèque et Sécurité

1993 Acquisition of Axytrans, France

1997 Creation of Oberthur Smart Cards

1999 Acquisition of De La Rue Card Systems and creation of Oberthur Card Systems

2000 Oberthur Card Systems IPO

2001 Opening of a factory in China

2001 Acquisition of Logica, Spain

2002 Acquisition of Rapsodia, France

2004 Opening of a factory in Brazil

2005 Acquisition of Africard, SA

2006 Opening of a factory in India

2007 Acquisition of I’M Technologies, Singapore

2007 Creation of Oberthur Technologies

2008 Acquisition of XPonCard, Sweden

2008 Delisting from the stock exchange

2011 Buy out of the Card Systems and Identity Division (current Oberthur Technologies) to Advent International. The Secure Printing Division and Cash Protection are renamed Oberthur Fiduciaire and remained under the Savare family control

2012 Acquisition of MoreMagic, a leading Mobile Money solution provider

2012 Acquisition of Cupola Plastic Cards in Dubai, one of the main smart card manufacturer and personalisation services provider for the Middle East

Some business activities[edit]

July 24, 2013 - Oberthur Technologies selected by CANAL+ OVERSEAS for electronic top-up of prepaid Pay TV subscriptions in Africa

July 16, 2013 - Société Générale launches its contactless payment service in Strasbourg, France with Oberthur Technologies

June 24, 2013 - Oberthur Technologies’ NFC embedded Secure Element equips the newly released Samsung GALAXY S4

June 10, 2013 - Oberthur Technologies partners with HID Global to carry Seos digital keys on NFC SIM cards for mobile access

May 22, 2013 - Oberthur Technologies’ dragonFly NFC SIM card certified by MasterCard and Visa

Mat 14, 2013 - Oberthur Technologies delivers a turnkey eGovernment solution to the Swedish Tax Agency

May 13, 2013 - Oberthur Technologies successfully delivered an end-to-end ePassport solution in Uzbekistan

Some associations of which Oberthur Technologie is a member[edit]


Java Card






FIDO Alliance

OSPT Alliance


  1. ^ a b "Oberthur key figures". Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Oberthur Technologies reveals its new brand positioning". Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Evolution of Oberthur". Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Oberthur history". Retrieved 10 March 2010. 

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