Leading position in aviation

Dortmund, 2016.01.11

The Materna Group, leading international supplier of automated passenger handling and ICT solutions, has acquired DSG Bagdrop AS, a renowned specialist for self-service bag drop solutions in the airlines and airports segment, effective January 1st 2016. DSG Bagdrop was founded in 2009, is based in Oslo, Norway and was a former subsidiary of the Norwegian Bertel.O.Steen Group. With this acquisition the Materna Group and DSG Bagdrop AS join forces and provide a first-class self-bag drop product portfolio that strengthens Materna’s leading international position in the dynamic market segment of automated passenger handling.

Baggage handling automation is booming worldwide and the competition is growing too. Materna’s acquisition of DSG Bagdrop is part of an industry consolidation process that creates a strong market leader able to drive the self-service passenger processing market. Airports and airlines around the globe are currently installing self-service bag drop solutions as they can speed-up passenger check-in times dramatically. The majority of passengers who have used a self-service bag drop kiosk during their travels prefer this system as it can significantly reduce or even completely eradicatecheck-in queues.

“We are truly pleased to welcome DSG Bagdrop as a part of the Materna Group,” says Helmut Binder, CEO of 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.” “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,” adds Liselotte Neste, Executive Vice President Business Line Mobility and responsible for Materna’s aviation industry segment. Idar Sørgjerd, CEO of DSG Bagdrop believes that the new owners will boost market opportunities: “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.”

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.

Photo from left to right: Ralph Hartwig, Idar Sørgjerd, Lieselotte Neste, Helmut Binder, Geir-A. RemmemBildVergroessern

Photo from left to right:
Ralph Hartwig (Chief Financial Officer, Materna Group), Idar Sørgjerd (Chief Executive Officer, DSG Bagdrop), Lieselotte Neste (Executive Vice President Business Line Mobility, Materna Group), Helmut Binder (Chief Executive Officer, Materna Group), Geir-A. Remmem (Chief Executive Officer, Bertel O. Steen, former owner of DSG Bagdrop)

Materna GmbH

Materna is one of the leading IT consulting companies in the information and communications technology sector, employing around 1,700 staff throughout Europe and achieving revenues of EUR 210 million in 2015. Materna is a full service provider delivering a complete range of services for the premium segment: from consultation and implementation through to operation. Its target customers include IT organisations and user departments in companies and the public sector. Materna is made up of six business lines: IT Factory, Digital Enterprise, Government, Communications, Mobility and its Heidelberg-based subsidiary, CBS, a service partner for SAP.

Further information:

Materna GmbH
Information & Communications
Corporate Communications
Christine Siepe
Voßkuhle 37, 44141 Dortmund
Tel. +49 231 5599-168, Fax -1 65
E-Mail: christine.siepe@materna.de