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Barcodes Group Expands its UK Presence with Acquisition of Essentra

Posted August 5, 2019
Barcodes Group welcomes Essentra Security into the family.

Essentra Security Acquired by Digital ID Group, a Barcodes Group Company.



Digital ID, the UK ID Card and Access Control business of Barcodes Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Oxford based company, Essentra Security, a trading division of Essentra Components. As part of the Components division of Essentra plc, Essentra Security is one of the UK’s most recognized ID card companies specializing in the supply of ID card printers, consumables and accessories to a well-established client base of both end users and trade customers. The acquisition cements Digital ID’s position as the UK’s leading ID card company with 100+ staff located across four offices throughout the UK.

Jonathan Fell, Managing Director of the Digital ID Group, said, “Essentra has an excellent reputation in the industry, an impressive team of staff and loyal client base. This acquisition enables the Digital ID Group to evolve its growth strategy to enhance the organic growth we have achieved already this year, and I very much look forward to working with the Essentra team. We now have a real wealth of passion and experience in every department within the business, and I’m looking forward to the journey over the next few years.”

Simon Jones, Commercial Director at Essentra Security, said, “With our specialist industry knowledge and technical expertise combined with strategic manufacturer relations, we represent a sound opportunity for Digital ID to expand their leading UK presence further. We can already see a benefit in joining our processes and systems to offer customers a simpler and easier ordering experience. Our trade customers can expect our promise of an enhanced ordering portal to come to fruition imminently. On a personal note, I look forward to being part of the Digital ID Group and working with a team of dedicated professionals.”

The Essentra Security team will remain based in Kidlington, Oxfordshire but will not retain the Essentra brand. In the future, the company will sell commercially under the Digital ID brand to enhance the company’s strong market presence and leverage the Digital ID brand.

About Digital ID: Launched in 1990, Digital ID is the UK’s largest ID card company, helping businesses and organizations of all sizes with their ID cards and access control requirements. Now in its 29th year, the business has 65 staff located at the company’s head office in Stockport, a 9.8 customer review rating on TrustPilot, and works directly with some of the UK’S leading brands such as the BBC, Nike, DHL, HMRC, Manchester United and many more.

About Barcodes Group: Barcodes Group, headquartered in Chicago, IL and with corporate offices across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, is a leading information technology solution provider with more than a 25-year history of providing products and services to automate businesses. The Company’s data capture products, which include barcoding, RFID, mobile, people identification, and wireless networking devices, and integration and managed services enable customers to improve productivity and profitability in their businesses. Barcodes has partnered with Odyssey Investment Partners to leverage their private equity capital and experience to drive strategic growth.

For more information contact:


Lorna Malja, Marketing Manager [email protected] Phone: 1-312-582-4893

Barcodes Acquires the Ultimate ID Card Business in the UK

Posted February 19, 2019
We are proud to announce the acquisition of Digital ID. Headquartered in Stockport, England, Digital ID is the largest ID card business in the UK. The global expansion opens the door for us to serve our global customer base across the UK and Europe. The recent acquisition combines AlphaCard Systems, a Portland based Barcodes Group company, and Digital ID, creating the world’s largest ID card company. We will leverage Digital ID’s strong access control, photo identification, and smart card technology capabilities to expand its breadth in their already robust ID business. We’ll help you learn everything you need to know about ID card systems, from how the printers work to the important advice when setting it up. You’ll be able to shop complete ID card systems designed for special industries including employee badge systems, school ID cards, for students and staff, retail membership cards, and more. The recent acquistion aligns with our strategic initiative to be a best-in-class platform and continue to grow into the largest global solution provider in barcode, mobile computing, RFID, and ID solutions. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to help.