Press release
Antaris Solutions aqcuisition by Berlinger & Co. AG
Berlinger & Co. AG expands into software market with acquisition of Antaris Solutions

Amersfoort,  The Netherlands - On 18 June 2014, the Swiss-based company Berlinger & Co. AG, a market leader in the manufacturing of temperature monitoring devices, has formally announced the acquisition of Antaris Solutions B.V., a provider of online cold chain management solutions for the pharmaceutical industry.

Antaris Solutions has been active in the industry since 2009 and was founded after a management buy-out from Ambient Systems B.V., a manufacturer of specialised monitoring equipment in The Netherlands. The eight employees will continue to work from the office in The Netherlands, and expansion of the team is envisioned to support the further development of the SmartView application.

With the web-based SmartView application, Antaris Solutions established itself in the market as a provider of innovative solutions for cold chain data management. Today, SmartView is fully validated and one of the world's most advanced data management systems for shipment monitoring and facility monitoring. SmartView is fully integrated with the Berlinger Q-tag CLm doc devices, as well as other 'best in class' wireless monitoring devices.

Berlinger, which has been active purely as a device manufacturer in this business segment for nearly 30 years already, has been particularly impressed by the advantages of the SmartView online software cockpit. The two companies have been successfully collaborating since 2011 and the acquisition marks the next phase in their strategic relationship.

For the partners, the merger provides a basis for the further expansion in the future. Antaris Solutions has traditionally held a strong position in global logistics market. Since 2009 the company has provided the SmartView solution to Panalpina, a global leader in supply chain solutions, as well as other customers in the air freight industry. A recent example is the SmartView implementation that supported the GDP-certification of the LuxairCARGO Pharma & Healthcare Centre at Luxembourg Airport. Berlinger, on the other hand, has been involved in the pharmaceutical industry as a supplier for vaccine manufacturers for nearly 30 years.

The operational remits of both companies complement each other perfectly and are, therefore, particularly promising for the future. Customers benefit from an even broader and more global network; everyone has the same objectives and is interdependent. All supply chain participants are striving for the same goal: to supply the drugs to the patient safely and efficiently. Temperature monitoring is critical in this process to assure at all times that the deliveries meet the required quality requirements.

Thanks to the merger of Berlinger & Co. AG and Antaris Solutions B.V., combined solutions for hardware and software can now be offered from a single source and customer-oriented solutions can be developed in the future.