Barco has announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Belgium-based digital signage solutions company dZine. Through this acquisition, Barco significantly broadens its current offering of digital visualization products with the addition of advanced software tools for content creation and management.
The total acquisition cost for Barco at the time of the transaction is less than 1 time annual sales of dZine, excluding an earn-out provision over the next two and a half years. Barco’s acquisition of dZine fits within the company’s broader strategy to position itself as a total value-added solutions provider in the digital signage market. “Barco and dZine have a common philosophy of bringing innovative, customer-centric digital signage solutions to the high and mid-range markets via partnerships with leading distributors and resellers. By joining forces, both our companies will be able to open up new sales opportunities, which will strengthen our position in the digital signage market for years to come,” states Paul Matthijs, vice president of Barco’s Video and Lighting Solutions Division.
Founded in 1992, dZine has gained a solid reputation in the digital signage and professional mobile solutions markets. Its products and solutions are widely acclaimed and have been installed in more than 55 countries around the globe. The company recently won the “Best Digital Signage” Award from a global trade association for marketing at retail, POPAI, for a multi-display digital escalator project.
As of today, dZine’s core team, based in Kortrijk, Belgium, will function as Barco’s center of competence for digital signage technology.