Transics strengthens its European position with the acquisition of DIS

Product range broadened with solution for the readout, storage and processing of digital tacho data

Transics, one of the largest European players in on-board computers and fleet management systems for the transport sector, announces the acquisition of the French Delta Industrie Service (DIS). DIS is active in the development and commercialisation of innovative IT solutions for tacho-based driving time registration. Its acquisition allows Transics to further extend its existing product offering and to consolidate its position in the transport market.

Over the past few years, Transics has consistently achieved impressive growth. The 100% acquisition of the DIS shares perfectly fits Transics’ strategy to become the European benchmark company in fleet management systems for transport and logistics businesses. Founded in 1988 and located in Alès (south of France), DIS is a leading supplier of solutions for tacho-based driving time registration. The company develops, produces and markets ICT solutions for the readout, storage and processing of data from analogue and digital tachographs, in accordance with European legislation.

Transics’ product suite expanded

Since May 1, 2006, when the digital tachograph became compulsory for trucks within every European member state, the demand for systems that read out and process digital tacho data has grown substantially. “As Transics’ fleet management systems and on-board computers are exclusively aimed at this target group, the products and expertise of DIS provide significant added value for Transics. By integrating the DIS technology into our fleet management system, we can provide our existing and future customers with an expanded product range,” said Transics’ managing director, Walter Mastelinck.

Knowledge exchange and broadening of the sales network

This acquisition is an ideal catalyst for a further exchange of knowledge and experience, in the technological as well as in the commercial field. Now that Transics has ready access to the entire sales network and customer base of DIS in France, the company can further consolidate its position in the French market. Moreover, the DIS products, which have, until now, mainly been marketed in France, will now be sold by Transics throughout Europe.

Transics strengthens the DIS organisation

DIS is a financially sound company which is employing 23 persons and has over 2.000 customers. “DIS will continue working under its existing corporate form. Thanks to the takeover, the company gets the opportunity to strengthen its organisation and structure with the professional managerial experience of Transics, in the logistic, R&D, administrative and commercial fields and to extend its target market beyond the French borders,” said Ludwig Lemenu, managing director of Transics.

Vladimir Lasocki, Director, The Carlyle Group: “Carlyle is delighted to support Transics in the acquisition of DIS. The synergies between these businesses will deliver excellent value for clients and investors. We have partnered closely with management to support their long-term growth strategy, and will continue to bring all our resources to bear to further the development of Transics.”

Transics NV develops and commercializes on-board computers and fleet management systems solutions for the transport and logistics sector. With an installed base of over 35,000 on-board computers, Transics is one of the leading European companies in its sector. Headquartered in Ypres (Belgium), Transics NV has regional offices in the Netherlands, France, Spain and Germany and is also active in eastern Europe and Scandinavia. The company is permanently expanding its European organization. www.dis-online.com

The Carlyle Group is a global private equity firm with $54.5 billion under management. Carlyle invests in buyouts, venture & growth capital, real estate and leveraged finance in Asia, Europe and North America, focusing on aerospace & defence, automotive & transportation, consumer & retail, energy & power, healthcare, industrial, technology & business services and telecommunications & media. Since 1987, the firm has invested $24 billion of equity in 576 transactions for a total purchase price of $101.8 billion. The Carlyle Group employs more than 750 people in 16 countries. In the aggregate, Carlyle portfolio companies have more than $68 billion in revenue and employ more than 200,000 people around the world. www.carlyle.com