Atos acquires Dutch electronic payment player
Quality Equipment produces systems for payment, identification, access management and is an all-in-one supplier of PIN terminals for various applications.


Atos acquires Dutch electronic payment player


PARIS Atos, an international IT services company, today announced the acquisition of Quality Equipment, a player in electronic payments in the Netherlands in particular in the catering, vending and parking sectors. The acquisition followed a fruitful 15-year partnership with Quality Equipment, during which Atos benefited from continuous high-quality payment services and appreciated the wide payment services portfolio it offered to its customers. The company will be integrated into Atos Worldline, Atos core expertise in Hi-Tech Transactional Services (HTTS) and electronic payments.

The company employs 70 people and realized an annual growth rate of 20 per cent in 2011 compared to the previous year.

Main goals of this acquisition:

* Reinforce the roll out of Atos Global Payment strategy by value added services to its current acquiring and terminals portfolio in the Benelux, increase its sales force and expertise and offer innovative services to merchants.

* Grow market shares for terminal activity as well as acquiring business.

* Become the leader in terms of terminals and merchants services in the Netherlandswith an end-to-end coverage

* Build a European competence centre for value added services for merchants.

Marc-Henri Desportes, Executive Vice President Hi-Tech Transactional Services at Atos says: “This transaction is fully in line with the strategy of the Group to grow its HTTS activities and to strengthen its international position in the payments area. Atos acquires a company in its core business located in the Benelux where the Group is already working with large customers, and has a leading market position. We will be able to offer value added services with an enriched payment services portfolio to our customers in the Benelux and across Europe.”