Gemalto, a world leader in digital security, announces successful
completion of American Express, MasterCard and Visa certifications of
its Johannesburg-based banking facility for the personalization of
magnetic-stripe and EMV (Europay MasterCard Visa) smart cards. It is
intended to locally support the roll-out of EMV banking cards across
South Africa, scheduled to start in Q3 this year. Gemalto has already
secured an exclusive contract with a major South African bank for EMV
The Gemalto Johannesburg-based facility has been personalizing SIM cards
for seven years, with a current capacity of 10 million units per year.
It is now expanding into personalization of banking cards to boost its
local activities in the financial sector. Gemalto already supplies
banking cards in many African countries and is now adding the local
personalization capability to address the emerging EMV market in the
“Gemalto is committed to locally supporting South African banks in their
migration to chip-enabled cards,” commented Xavier Chanay, president
Africa, Middle East, CIS at Gemalto. “Our brand new local
personalization capability will allow us to operate closer to our bank
customers and therefore, serve them with increased responsiveness.”
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is a leader in digital security
with pro forma 2006 annual revenues of EUR1.7 billion, operations in about
100 countries and over 10,000 employees including 1,500 R&D engineers.
In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our
lives, Gemalto’s solutions are designed to make personal digital
interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable.
Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the
development of software applications through design and production of
secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and
tokens to the management of deployment services for its customers.
More than a billion people worldwide use the company’s products and
services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government,
identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT
security, mass transit and many other applications.
As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the
number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the
company is poised to thrive over the coming years.
Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus.