United for the future: TÖNNJES starts 2022 with a new structure

Market leader bundles its international business

RFID solutions more in demand than ever

  • TÖNNJES INTERNATIONAL GROUP GmbH acts as the Group’s holding company with immediate effect
  • Innovative solutions for electronic vehicle recognition in use worldwide
  • Global market for RFID technology grows to 10.7 billion US dollars

Delmenhorst, January 2022.

The global market leader for vehicle identification TÖNNJES from Germany has reorganized its international business. With immediate effect, TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. Infrastruktur Invest GmbH becomes TÖNNJES INTERNATIONAL GROUP GmbH, which bundles all export companies as the Group holding company: J.H. TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. GmbH & Co. KG, TÖNNJES C.A.R.D. INTERNATIONAL GmbH and TÖNNJES M.O.V.E.R.S. INTERNATIONAL GmbH with its subsidiary TÖNNJES Middle East GmbH will in future be wholly owned by the new holding company. Dietmar Mönning, Olaf Renz, Jörn Bertram and Jochen Betz form the management at Group level, in addition to the management of the export companies consisting of Holger Lang, Markus Müller and Stephan Wüstefeld. The company is thus sharpening its uniform image and increasingly pursuing the shared vision of improving road safety and mobility through intelligent vehicle recognition. With its RFID-based license plate systems, TÖNNJES is making an important contribution to digitalization and is relying on a decentralized and local organization by establishing joint ventures and subsidiaries around the world. With success: the demand forRFID solutions is greater than ever.

The RFID Market Report from 2021 forecasts a rapidly growing market volume for the next five years. TÖNNJES has been using the advantages of RFID-based communication for several years for its self-developed IDePLATE license plate and IDeSTIX vignette, which enable secure electronic vehicle identification (EVI). EVI is the digital form of vehicle registration that is suitable for various applications such as toll collection, access control or speed measurements in stationary and moving traffic. EVI is becoming increasingly important, particularly in the smart city sector.

Market for RFID technology grows to 10.7 billion US dollars

According to the RFID Market Report, the global market size in the area of RFID applications and the associated readers and software rose to 10.7 billion US dollars last year. This figure is expected to increase to 17.4 billion by 2026. The report identifies UHF tags as the fastest growing segment within the market. A high reading speed, ranges of up to 20 meters and comparatively low production costs are decisive for this trend.

“We are of course following this development closely,” says Jörn Bertram, Managing Director at TÖNNJES, and continues: “We have been using UHF chips in our RAIN RFID license plates IDePLATE and IDeSTIX for years. The trends confirm the path we have taken and show how important the electronic identification of vehicles will be in the future.” This type of recognition is significantly more efficient, more secure and enables further digital applications. If a car is marked with an IDePLATE, it could be used to make contactless payments when refueling or in a parking garage, for example.

TÖNNJES products are used worldwide – almost exclusively on behalf of the respective government. “We are represented at over 50 locations with joint ventures,” explains Jörn Bertram. In Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, uses IDeSTIX to control access to its premises. The Philippines also use the technology for vehicle registration and identification. “In a country where one in three households owns a motorcycle, the IDeSTIX Headlamp Tag for motorcycles and scooters makes registration and identification easier for the authorities. The transparent label is simply stuck onto the headlamp,” says Jörn Bertram.

Long-term strategies instead of short-term gains

With the invention of the IDeSTIX Headlamp Tag, TÖNNJES has responded to the individual needs of the Philippines. “Every country is at a different stage of development and has different laws and structures. In order to offer our customers tailor-made solutions, our portfolio is a modular system,” explains Managing Director Dietmar Mönning. TÖNNJES provides support with the necessary production technology, software and hardware, safety components, but also with the entire implementation of approval systems. The Group has maintained trusting business relationships with many partners and customers for many years. “Long-term strategies are more important to us than short-term profits,” explains Mönning, adding: “We are pursuing sustainable growth that provides our company, our partners and our mission with a basis for innovative developments. Also for future generations.”