Daifuku buys software firms to boost airport offerings

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Daifuku has strengthened its digital solutions for airport business through the acquisition of Netherlands-based Scarabee Aviation Group and Australia-based Intersystems (Asia Pacific).

As outlined in its medium-term business plan, ‘Value Innovation 2020’, Daifuku aims to establish its Airport Technologies business as its fourth core business. The acquisition of these companies enables the Daifuku Group to enter the airport security checkpoint and information management fields. As well as diversifying Daifuku’s business unit for airport systems and complementing its existing hardware, the acquisitions will strengthen its global competitiveness, generating synergy between group companies in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

Scarabee provides a range of airport solutions to many of the world’s leading airports and airlines. Recognized for its human-centered design, convenience and performance, the Dutch company’s state-of-the-art smart security lanes have helped airports transform their security process. Founded in 1988, it has 151 employees, and sites in the UK, Germany and Japan, as well as its Netherlands headquarters.

Founded in 1970, Intersystems has 19 staff, and specializes in airport information management systems, among them its world-leading flight information display software. Headquartered in Australia, it has sites in the USA and China.

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