Materna Group Acquires DSG Bagdrop AS, Strengthens Leading Position in Automated Passenger Handling Segment

DSG Bagdrop and Materna

The Materna Group has acquired DSG Bagdrop AS, a renowned specialist for self-service bag drop solutions in the airlines and airports segment.

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 Backdrop 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.

Materna Group CEO Helmut Binder says:"We are truly pleased to welcome DSG Bagdrop as a part of the 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."

Materna executive vice-president of business line mobility Liselotte Neste adds: "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,"

DSG Bagdrop CEO Idar Sørgjerd 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.

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