Gemplus is the undisputed leader in the smart card industry according to the latest market survey conducted by Dataquest Gartner. Gemplus tops the smart card market with 35% market share for memory and micro-processor cards in 2000, 3% ahead of its nearest competitor. In all, Gemplus shipped 623 million units according to Dataquest Gartner estimates. Gemplus is even further ahead in the crucial microprocessor
segment where it is 5% ahead of its closest rival.
This new study ratifies Gemplus' long standing leadership in an industry that has experienced significant and rapid restructuring in the past year. Gemplus remains the world's most prolific smart card solutions provider for telecommunications, financial services and e-business security offering integrated and tailor-made smart card based systems.
"We are very proud to be recognised by a body as well respected as Dataquest Gartner as the leader in every segment of our industry" says Antonio Perez, CEO of Gemplus International SA. "We continue to develop our product offerings, software and services to better serve our clients and to further reinforce our position. Our recent listing and strong financial position allow us to further our ambitions in a market, which in spite of the slow-down in mobile telephony, is still experiencing significant growth."
2000 was a record year for Gemplus with the highest revenue growth amongst the major players in the industry (57% up from 1999) demonstrating its strong business model, technological leadership and powerful market position.
This research is published by Dataquest Gartner, the recognized leader in market intelligence for the hi-tech industry (www.gartner.com).
GEMPLUS: the world's leading smart card solutions provider.
Since its creation in 1988, Gemplus International S.A.(Euronext: Sicovam 5768 and NASDAQ:GEMP) has driven the global marketing and deployment of smart card-based
applications for telecommunications, financial services and e-business security.
Gemplus is instrumental throughout the value chain - chip design, card management systems, software development, and consulting - delivering integrated custom-made solutions for the security, personalization and privacy management needs of
clients and partners worldwide.
Gemplus technology has played a defining role in the development of wireless telephony since the introduction of SIM cards into the GSM standard in 1990. For more than a decade, Gemplus has pioneered applications that enable network operators around the world to answer the changing needs of their customers. Gemplus was first to market with a 3G card and supplies a product range compliant with new and emerging transmission standards - 2.5G, 3G.
In 2000, revenue was 1.205 BE, up 57% from the previous year's 767ME. Net income was 99 ME. Gemplus employs more than 7800 people in 37 countries worldwide.
Since 11 December 2000, Gemplus shares have been trading on Euronext Paris S.A. First Market and on Nasdaq in the form of ADSs.
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