Convergint acquires in France

Purchase of systems integrator Astrec Security expands company footprint in Europe
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—Convergint Technologies, a global systems integration company based here, this week announced the acquisition of Paris-based systems integrator Astrec Security.

“In terms of coming to France, what we have looked at is where our key customers are at, and we have a number of these key customers, particularly the multi-nationals, which have facilities in France,” Dan Moceri, Convergint’s co-founder and CEO told Security Systems News. “So we have been looking to do something here for quite awhile, and we finally found the right company that fits our criteria.”

Moceri said he is “very excited” to bring Astrec into the Convergint Nation, noting that the company’s suburban Paris location and service experience will serve complex global customers that are facing sophisticated integration needs on an enterprise level.

“As we have always said, it is fairly easy to go anywhere in the world and install a particular project but service is a local issue, so we will continue to expand where our customers are going,” he explained, noting that Astrec has been a quality service partner for Convergint internationally for many years. Founded in 2003, Astrec offers security solutions to customers throughout Europe, with a focus in access control and video surveillance.

Moceri said Convergint and Astrec share a company culture that is centered around a dedication to customer service, and the joint organization provides a diverse range of service-based solutions supported by a highly experienced worldwide workforce. And as with other Convergint acquisitions, everyone from Astrec will be joining the Convergint team, he noted.

“Our team is thrilled to be joining with a company recognized around the world as a leader in our market,” Odile Tanfin, director of administration for Astrec Security, said in the announcement. “In our conversations with the Convergint team, we realized what a unique opportunity it would be to join with such a like-minded company as Convergint. Both of our organizations are deeply committed to the values we believe in, especially service.”

Moving forward, Moceri said that Convergint continues to rapidly expand its global footprint through both organic and acquisitive growth. This deal marks the company’s ninth acquisition since early 2017, and Moceri said that there are “plenty of opportunities” to expand the company’s presence in Europe and globally.

“We will continue the strategy that has gotten us to today, which is all based on being able to service our customers on a local basis,” he said.