LUXEMBOURG, May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –Gemplus (Euronext: Sicovam 5768) (Nasdaq: GEMP), the world’s leading
provider of smart card solutions, today announced that industry analysts have
confirmed the company’s market-leading position for the fourth year running.
This news reflects a year when the company delivered such technology
breakthroughs as Target Corporation’s Target smart Visa(TM) card, China
Unicom’s first smart card-based CDMA network, NTT DoCoMo’s 3G Launch and the
shipment of the ten millionth Java(TM) technology-based smart card to the
Financial Services market in the US.
According to Gartner Dataquest’s “Worldwide Chip Card Market Share, 2001:
Card Vendors and Semiconductor Vendors” report, Gemplus led chip card
shipments in 2001 with 594 million chip cards, securing it the leadership
position with a market share of 30.4%.
“Gemplus continues to play a leading role in the industry,” states Clare
Hirst of Gartner Dataquest. “Although this has generally been a difficult
year for this sector, our analysis shows that worldwide chip card shipments
grew 10.4%, and that Gemplus shipped more chip cards than any other player.”
Analysts Frost and Sullivan also rank Gemplus in the number one position.
“In my opinion, I believe that Gemplus has retained its global leadership of
the chip card industry, in both shipments and market value,” says Anoop Ubhey.
In June, Frost and Sullivan will produce their annual report analyzing the
smart card industry.
In April, a report analyzing chip card shipments was released by
Eurosmart, the largest smart card industry association comprising more than
90% of global smart card manufacturers. Based on these figures Gemplus has a
34% share of the global market.
A key factor behind Gemplus’ dominance of the smart card industry lies in
its close relationship with its clients. This allows it to deliver the
optimum solution to meet their needs, especially in the telecommunications
sector where Gemplus leads the field working with 90% of the world’s top
operators. In 2001, wireless operators suffered from increasing churn rates
and diminishing revenues. To help its customers combat these issues, Gemplus
pursued a strategy that emphasized more sophisticated cards and the
applications they support. In February 2002, Gemplus launched its “ARPU(1)
Factory” suite of solutions to provide operators with back-end infrastructure
integration, customer profiling, Over-The-Air delivery and end-user
“The emphasis Gemplus places on delivering real value to its customers,
beyond cards and chips, is one of the main reasons for the company’s
continuing success. We will continue to offer high-end solutions in the
coming years as more and more non-GSM operators realize the intrinsic security
and CRM benefits which smart cards provide, and as major operators in the
Americas migrate to GSM/GPRS,” explains Philippe Vallee, president of Gemplus’
Telecommunications Business Unit.
In the banking and financial services sector, Gemplus works closely with
its customers to simplify their migration paths to EMV(2), a trend which is
expected to drive smart card adoption in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin
America. Earlier this year, Gemplus launched its “EMV Prime” suite of
solutions, aimed at reducing EMV migration risk, complexity and time to market
for its customers. Gemplus continues to lead in the development of
cost-effective multi-application Java Card(TM) technology for North American
banks that need to deliver differentiating services to cardholders. Gemplus
also works with government and military institutions around the world to plan,
develop and implement secure identity and authentication systems based on
Gemplus’ highly secure Java Card technology-based platform.
“The banking and retail sector is looking at the smart card industry not
only to provide the level of security needed to combat issues such as fraud,
but also to help them build valuable and trusted relationships with their
customers,” comments Gilles Michel, president of Gemplus Financial and
Security Services Business Unit. “Our recent success in securing EAL 5+
security certification before all other market players, along with our
experience in delivering EMV migration solutions, flexible card issuance
services and value-adding applications, help strongly position Gemplus as
these markets continue to adopt smart card technology.”
GEMPLUS: the world’s leading provider of smart card solutions.
Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable,
personalized solutions that bring security and convenience to people’s lives.
These include mobile Internet access, inter-operable banking facilities,
e-commerce and a wealth of other applications.
Gemplus is the only completely dedicated, truly global player in the Smart
Card industry, with the largest R&D team, unrivalled experience, and an
outstanding track record of technological innovation.
In 2001, Gemplus was the world number one in chip card shipments according
to Gartner-Dataquest. Based on Eurosmart estimates, Gemplus shipped 34% of
the worldwide market. Gemplus trades its shares on Euronext Paris S.A. First
Market and on the NASDAQ Stock Market as GEMP in the form of ADSs. Its
revenue in 2001 was 1.0 billion Euros.
Gemplus: Beyond Smart
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S.A. and are registered in certain countries. All other trademarks and
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(1) ARPU – Average Revenue Per User. This is the term used within the
telecommunications industry to calculate the expected revenue an operator
can derive from each customer.
(2) EMV – Europay/MasterCard/Visa set of international common standards
for credit and debit smart cards.