Brussels (Belgium), 15 December 2015 - Euronext Brussels has invited Alain Wirtz and Pierre Lambert, CEO and CFO (respectively) of Zetes, to sound the opening bell on Tuesday 15 December 2015 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the company's stock market flotation.

Zetes, founded in 1984, was a pioneer in the introduction of bar codes. Its first customers included companies such as Colruyt and La Poste. Over the years, the company has strengthened its technological portfolio and extended its services to many sectors of the economy, such as mass distribution and logistics.

The first geographical expansion took place in 1992 in France, quickly followed by expansion into other countries through acquisitions. That is how Zetes gained access to new markets.

Until that point, Zetes focused mainly on the identification of goods, but a new chapter of its story opened in the early 2000s, when it made its first investments in people identification. In 2003 it won the contract for personalisation of the electronic ID card, a flagship project of the Belgian government to bring Belgium into the digital era.

The IPO took place in November 2005 to raise funds to finance the future growth of Zetes.

Alain Wirtz says: " Certainly, this past decade on the Euronext market has not been all plain-sailing. However, at a time when several companies are choosing to leave the stock markets, we are still convinced that our approach has been one of the key driving forces behind ZETES’ development.”

The capital raised has really ensured our growth and our development. But, the benefits of going public have far

outweighed the simple notion of being “listed”. A national and international reputation, entry into Europe, the Middle-East and Africa, credibility with private and public clients, positioning relative to the competition and appeal when it comes to recruiting talent are just some of the collateral benefits ZETES has relied on for the last 10 years.

Alain Wirtz: "Our ability to reinvent our business models and seize new opportunities demonstrates our capacity to adapt and diversify. Despite everything, we remain humble and vigilant. Our future still remains to be imagined and built." .

Zetes now employs more than 1100 people in 19 countries, and is an internationally-recognised identification specialist. Targeting the private sector on the one hand, with its solutions dedicated to the traceability of goods throughout the supply chain, and the public sector on the other hand, with its citizen identification solutions, Zetes aims to be a stable and trustworthy ally in long-term partnerships.


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About Zetes

Zetes is an international corporation specialising in the provision of identification and mobility solutions. By using the latest technologies, Zetes enables its customers improve the speed and quality of their process execution and increase data accuracy, which in turn helps them to remain at the forefront of their industries. That's what makes Zetes both a pioneer and a market leader at the same time.

The Zetes Group is based in Brussels and has more than 1100 employees in 19 countries across EMEA. In 2014, its turnover was €245.3 million. More information:

About Zetes’ supply chain solutions

Zetes transforms the way modern supply chains collaborate. Its process optimisation solutions for packaging, storage, proof of delivery, sales, direct store services and store management, all linked by the ZetesOlympus repository, allow large companies to implement end-to-end tracking and tracing of goods, from production to the end user. Zetes plays an important part in helping companies deal with the challenges of global tracking, such as serialisation, parallel markets, security, legal obligations, and counterfeiting. Zetes integrates next-generation cloud platforms with cutting-edge technologies such as imaging, voice recognition, RFID, codification and mobile terminals. Zetes is a trusted partner that can guarantee perfect life cycle management of all its solutions, with its Zetes TotalCare and Zetes TotalFinance services.

About Zetes’ government solutions

The People ID division of Zetes provides secure solutions that allow governments to accurately identify their populations and satisfy the strictest international requirements concerning the issuing of documents and the organising of democratic elections. Zetes has more than 10 years' experience in the implementation of sensitive projects for governments and supranational organisations. Zetes’ government solutions are characterised by reliability, combined with flexibility and operational capability. Through this approach, citizens are secure in their ability to prove their identity and exercise democratic rights.