Fedrigoni acquires a majority stake in BoingTech

Fedrigoni's latest acquisition is one of the major RFID inlay and tag manufacturers worldwide with operations in China and Malaysia.

The Fedrigoni Group has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in BoingTech, a subsidiary of Shanghai Inlay Link Inc (a NEEQ-listed Chinese holding company) and one of the pioneers in the manufacturing of RFID inlays and tags, both UHF and HF/NFC, produced in its two plants (in China and Malaysia).  

Shanghai Inlay Link will retain a significant share to ensure a smooth transition and continued business enhancement, while Fedrigoni will have the right to purchase the remaining shares of BoingTech in the future. 

With this further acquisition, the fifth this year, the group continues the path of diversifying its premium product offering, reinforcing its role and size in the RFID inlay and tag manufacturing, and further expanding in Asia, following the acquisition of ArjoWiggins China in January.   

After this strategic arrangement, Shanghai Inlay Link will maintain its existing activities related to the manufacturing of RFID antennas and full solutions provider through its dedicated legal entities. 

Thanks to Boingtech acquisition, which is expecting a turnover of about USD 60 million for 2024 and more than 300 employees, Fedrigoni strengthens its position as a player in RFID, bringing additional value to customers in both its businesses of self-adhesives and specialty papers for luxury packaging and other creative applications, where it is increasingly important to track-and-trace products along the value chain, as well as to find solutions to protect brands, verify their authenticity and prevent counterfeiting but also to provide consumers with increasingly engaging shopping experiences.   

Marco Nespolo, CEO at Fedrigoni Group, said: ‘The world of RFID is growing rapidly and is increasingly strategic for our group. This deal is a further step to significantly increase our size in the segment RFID inlay manufacturing, as well as widen our ability to partner with our customers, alike converters, printers and system integrators, and meet their needs. Furthermore, the acquisition is coherent with our expansion in Asia, where we already have a good presence in terms of manufacturing and distribution footprint.’   

‘I am delighted to welcome a global player such as Fedrigoni and start with them a transformation journey for BoingTech, grounded on a shared vision,’ commented Li, founder of Shanghai Inlay Link - I am sure this partnership will boost our ability to meet customers’ needs, leveraging on Fedrigoni Group’s global commercial network and its presence in over 130 countries.’   

Fedrigoni was advised by BNP Paribas, Bain & Company, PwC, Latham & Watkins, Haiwen & Partners, Rahmat lim & Partners, ERM, Pirola Pennuto & Zei.