Gantner acquires Syx Automations to create global access control and management systems provider

Austrian electronic access control specialist, Gantner, has acquired Syx Automations, a leading provider of ticketing and leisure facility management solutions.

Together, the two companies will offer a complete range of software and hardware expertise for electronic access control, billing, and management solutions tailored to the sports and leisure market.

The deal was facilitated with the support of Ardian, a leading independent investment company and a majority shareholder in Gantner.

It is understood that Syx Automations CEO, Dirk Syx, will remain in post along with his current management team.

“In recent years, we have put a lot of energy into strengthening our company and our structures in order to reach the next stage in our international growth plan,” commented Syx.

“Gantner and Ardian have the ideal profile and experience required to support us in this endeavour.”

With over 30 years of industry experience, Syx Automations is a market leader for integrated ticketing and leisure management software solutions. The company is trusted by numerous cultural, leisure and sports facilities for complete one-stop solutions powered by its leading-edge software platform, ReCreateX®.

Every year, over 50 million visitors in the UK and Benelux are managed using Syx Automations systems.

Founded in Schruns, Austria in 1982, Gantner is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of systems that use RFID (radio frequency identification) and NFC (near field communication) technology to facilitate automatic contactless identification. Gantner systems include integrated solutions for membership and visitor management, for cashless payments, and for controlled access (doors,cabinets, lockers), as well as staff time recording.

With subsidiaries in Germany, the UK, Dubai, Australia, and the USA, Gantner employs a workforce of over 200 in around 70 countries worldwide.

“The acquisition of Syx Automations marks a major milestone in our strategy and a big step forward in our continued expansion and internationalisation,” added Elmar Hartmann, Managing Director of Gantner.

“We look forward to working together with Dirk Syx and his skilled and highly motivated team.”