Gemalto is an international digital security company providing software applications, secure personal devices such as smart cards and tokens, and managed services. It is the "world’s biggest maker of SIMs".
The company was founded in June 2006 when two companies, Axalto and Gemplus International, merged. Gemalto's 2012 revenue was 2.246 billion. It is listed on both Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Paris under the symbol GTO.
Gemalto N.V. is a public company incorporated in the Netherlands. It is headquartered in Amsterdam, and has subsidiaries and group companies in several countries. The U.S. headquarters is in Austin, Texas. Globally, Gemalto has over 10,000 employees, 74 sales and marketing offices; 15 production sites, 28 personalization centers, and 14 R&D centers in 43 countries.
In June 2006, smart card providers Axalto and Gemplus merged to become Gemalto. Axalto was a Schlumberger IPO spin-off in 2004. Between the merger and 2012, Gemalto completed a series of acquisitions: the Leigh Mardon’s personalization center (Taiwan), Multos International, NamITech in South Africa, NXP mobile services business, the mobile software solution provider O3SIS, Trusted Logic (the secure software platform provider), Serverside (personalization of bank cards with digital images generated by end users), XIRING’s banking activity, Netsize (a mobile communications service and commerce enabler), Valimo Wireless, a provider in mobile authentication, the internet banking security specialist Todos AB in Sweden, Cinterion the German specialist of machine-to-machine (M2M), SensorLogic (an M2M service delivery platform provider), Plastkart in Turkey and Ericsson’s mobile payment platform IPX.