Austrian traffic technology group Swarco AG has acquired the APT Group of Companies, in a deal signed by Swarco founder and owner Manfred Swarovski and Dermot Murphy of APT Group. The purchase is of 100% of the shares of the APT Group based in Harrow/Middlesex, comprising APT Security Systems, APT Skidata, APT Street Services, APT Technologies, SignPost Solutions and ParkingPal. The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Swarco CEO Cees de Wijs acknowledges the natural fit between the two groups, their products, and their current and prospective target markets:” We have complementary rather than competing products and solutions, and strong synergies in terms of business ethics, culture and corporate dynamics,” he said. Swarco Group CFO Daniel Sieberer, who managed the transaction over the past months, is convinced that the acquisition of APT Group will significantly upgrade Swarco’s position on the UK Traffic Management market.” In particular we will strengthen our parking and electromobility business, which strategically is one of our most important investment focuses.” Dermot Murphy, Chief Executive of the APT Group of Companies, describes the merger as a ‘win-win’ for customers:” Customers will benefit from having an even broader range of products, services and indeed people with whom to work,” he said.” But more than this, the combined resources of both businesses can be focused on researching and developing new products, and bringing those products to market in a more timely fashion in line with customer demands. The two companies will be able to share product development, service, sales and marketing resource. There will be a significantly increased number of field-based resources on hand to support the two companies’ customers nationwide.”
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.