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Gemalto increases production of ePassports in Poland, says Frost & Sullivan
Gemalto has increased production capacity at its current production site in Tczew, Poland to meet expected demand for core ePassports in the country and region, according to Frost & Sullivan analyst Yiru Zhong.
“The increased capacity adds to what is both a personalization and production site to serve Poland and neighbouring countries, and it is further evidence of demand in government ID in Europe,” writes Zhong. “This plays an important part in Frost & Sullivan’s estimation of market demand for smartcard based Government IDs.
“We had previously factored in the demand for second generation ePassports within Europe especially on EU’s June 2009 deadline for migration to comply with the Extended Access Control (EAC) standard.”
Gemalto’s production capacity expansion further affirms Frost & Sullivan view for sustained growth in smart card demand in the Government ID application in 2010 and 2011, according to a prepared statement issued May 28 by Frost & Sullivan.
The news is also interesting for Gemalto’s presence in other non government ID smart card applications in Poland. Gemalto’s commitment to the Polish production site further augments its potential for additional projects in such emerging smart card applications as transit, payments and even the upcoming pl.ID project, Zhong continues. The close proximity to customers and the presence of personalization services at Tczew will be an important deciding factor in new projects, where speed to market is critical. The payments and eID areas in which speed-to-market and flexibility are vital for customers, says Frost & Sullivan.
Frost & Sullivan 2010 Quantitative Analysis of World Smart Card Markets will be finalized and published in coming months.