Oberthur Technologies

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Formerly called
Oberthur Card Systems
Industry Electronics
Predecessor Oberthur Printing Works
Founded 1984
Founder Jean-Pierre Savare
Headquarters Paris, France
Area served
Key people
  • Pascal Stefani (Chairman)
  • Didier Lamouche (CEO)
  • Anne-France Laclide (CFO)
  • Frédéric Beylier (COO)
  • Increase 978.8 million (2010)
  • 904.6 million (2009)
  • Increase 104.1 million (2010)
  • 92.2 million (2009)
  • Increase 59.7 million (2010)
  • 49.2 million (2009)
Number of employees
6300[1] (2013)
  • Card Systems
  • Identity
Website www.oberthur.com

Oberthur Technologies is a French digital security company, providing secure technology solutions for Smart Transactions, Mobile Financial Services, Machine-to-Machine, Digital Identity and Transport & Access Control. 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 Oberthür.[2]


1842 Oberthur by printer and lithographer François-Charles Oberthür[3]

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

1985 Creation of François-Charles Oberthur Card Systems[5]

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 factory in China

2001 Acquisition of Logica, Spain

2002 Acquisition of Rapsodia, France

2004 Opening of factory in Brazil

2005 Acquisition of Africard, SA

2006 Opening of factory in India

2007 Acquisition of I’M Technologies, Singapore

2007 Creation of Oberthur Technologies

2008 Acquisition of XPonCard, Sweden[6]

2008 Delisting from the stock exchange

2011 Buy out of the Card Systems and Identity Division (Oberthur Technologies) to Advent International. The Secure Printing Division and Cash Protection are renamed Oberthur Fiduciaire and remained under the Savare family control.[7]

2012 Acquisition of MoreMagic, a leading mobile money solution provider[8]

2012 Acquisition of Cupola Plastic Cards in Dubai, a major smart card manufacturer and personalisation services provider for the Middle East[9]


  1. ^ a b "Oberthur key figures". Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Evolution of Oberthur". Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Jean Wambre; Philippe Hourdain (2006). Les imprimeurs: Les hommes qui ont écrit l'Histoire (in French). HPC 2. ISBN 978-2-9525751-0-2. Pendant cinq ans, il tente en vain d'ajouter un brevet de typographie à son premier brevet de lithographie, car Brevet d'imprimeur-lithographe de François-Charles Oberthur, obtenu en 1842. la loi lui interdit le cumul de ces deux activités. 
  4. ^ "Oberthur history". Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  5. ^ W. Atkins (2 December 2012). The Smart Card Report. Elsevier Science. pp. 218–. ISBN 978-0-08-051900-5. 
  6. ^ http://www.realtid.se/ArticlePages/200802/19/20080219112354_Realtid438/20080219112354_Realtid438.dbp.asp
  7. ^ "Oberthur Technologies cède son activité cartes à puce". lemondeinformatique.fr. 
  8. ^ "Oberthur announces bid to acquire MoreMagic". www.mobilepaymentstoday.com. 
  9. ^ BFM BUSINESS. "Oberthur Technologies finalise l'acquisition de Cupola Plastic Cards". BFM BUSINESS. 

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