Global Key Account Manager, Yanos Michopoulos, Appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of DEFSA

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ADDISON, Texas, April 13, 2020 – Authentix®, the authority in authentication solutions, announced today that Global Key Account Manager Oil & Gas for Authentix, Yanos Michopoulos, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of The National Gas Transmission System Operator, DEFSA S.A. Michopoulos will remain with Authentix in his current role during his term on the board of directors for DEFSA, a gas operating company responsible for the operation, management, exploitation, and development of the National Natural Gas System and its interconnections (pipelines and LNG terminals). The organization was recently privatized, and it is now owned by a consortium of foreign investors such as Snam (It), Enagas (Sp) and Fluxys (Bel), while the Greek government maintains a minority shareholding of 34 percent.

Mr. Michopoulos is a well-respected thought leader in the energy industry and currently leads Authentix’s Global Commercial Oil & Gas business responsible for deploying  solutions to protect the quality and brand integrity of commercial fuel supplies worldwide. He has 30 years international business experience across the EMEA region in various energy sectors, including oil & gas as well as renewables and infrastructure.

Mr. Michopoulos was nominated to the DEFSA Board by Kostis Hatzidakis, Greece’s Minister of Energy who stated, “I have known Mr. Michopoulos for 12 years and his extensive business experience, stakeholder management skills, and knowledge of Greece’s energy sector made him the obvious choice to lead the board of DEFSA. He has already made a positive impact with his guidance, and we look forward to his continued leadership in this new role.” Michopoulos stated, “It’s an incredible opportunity to utilize my professional skills and diverse business experience to lead the board of directors as it moves DEFSA through this historic transition in the southeast Europe energy sector. As DEFSA enters this period of rapid transformation, I’m honored to have the confidence of Mr. Hatzidakis and support of the majority shareholders.” Executive Vice President of Snam (It), the largest corporate shareholder of DEFSA, Mrs. Maria Rita Galli commented, “Mr. Michopoulos has an extensive knowledge of both the energy sector in which DESFA operates, as well as of the best practices in corporate governance. In his role as Chairman, he is contributing to the company’s and the shareholders’ efforts to lead the transformation from public to private and from local to an international business model.”

Chief Executive Officer of Authentix, Kevin McKenna, stated, “As the authority in authentication solutions for the energy sector, Authentix makes a difference not only through our technology and service capabilities but also through the quality and experience of our people, and Yanos is a great example. We congratulate and look forward to supporting him in this additional role as chairman of the board of DEFSA while he continues in his current position at Authentix leading our global commercial oil and gas business.”

About Authentix

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix thrives in supply chain complexity. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial companies, ensuring local economies grow, banknote security remains intact and commercial products have robust market opportunities. The Authentix partnership approach and proven sector expertise inspires proactive innovation, helping customers mitigate risks to promote revenue growth and gain competitive advantage. Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa serving clients worldwide. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com.

About The National Gas Transmission System Operator, DEFSA S.A. 

The National Natural Gas System Operator (DESFA) S.A. is responsible for the operation, management, utilization and development of the National Natural Gas System and its interconnections, in a technically sound and economically efficient way, in order to best serve its users with safety, reliability and adequacy. Contributing decisively to the security of supply and the diversification of supply sources of the wider region, DESFA also facilitates the development of competition in the Greek energy market, while systematically striving for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Possessing extensive experience and having a highly skilled staff, DESFA is a reliable partner in the framework of the ongoing international energy projects in Southeastern Europe.  https://www.desfa.gr/en/

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Chad Crouch Appointed to U.S. Department of Commerce North Texas District Export Council

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ADDISON, Texas, March 30, 2020 – Authentix®, the authority in authentication solutions, announced that its Vice President of Revenue Operations, Chad Crouch, has been appointed by the Department of Commerce to the North Texas District Export Council (NTDEC). The council members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and contribute leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion efforts. The primary objectives of the NTDEC are to educate the community about international trade and its benefits, including education to promote exports and international trade for companies in the United States. Regional District Export Councils also lobby state and federal legislatures to promote issues that can have a positive effect on international trade for their respective regions.

Individuals appointed to a regional District Export Council become part of a select corps of trade experts dedicated to providing international trade leadership and guidance to the local business community and assistance to the Department on export development issues. “I’m honored to be selected as part of the North Texas District Export Council, Crouch stated. We’ve been very fortunate to have such a great relationship with the United States Department of Commerce and its related agencies when expanding our business internationally. I look forward to assisting other companies in our region in expanding their business as well.”

Authentix has transformed over the past 20 years to a global organization with programs spanning across five continents and offices serving dozens of governments, central banks, and Fortune 100 companies. Today, Authentix derives 80 percent of its revenue from sources outside the United States. In May 2019, Authentix received the Export Achievement Certificate (EAC) from the U.S. Commercial Service Department for its success in acquiring and serving customers in the global marketplace.

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Authentix, Kent Mansfield, stated, “Authentix works closely with the U.S. Commercial Service whenever we are expanding solutions and services into new countries, and this has proven invaluable to us in terms of support and guidance. Chad Crouch has been instrumental in furthering our relationship with the U.S. Commercial Service. I can’t think of a better selection for providing guidance and input to the NTDEC.”

About Authentix

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix thrives in supply chain complexity. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial companies, ensuring local economies grow, banknote security remains intact and commercial products have robust market opportunities. The Authentix partnership approach and proven sector expertise inspires proactive innovation, helping customers mitigate risks to promote revenue growth and gain competitive advantage.   Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa serving clients worldwide. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com.

About U.S. Commercial Service

The U.S. Commercial Service (CS) is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The CS is a part of the U.S. Foreign Service and its commercial officers are diplomats. The CS global network of trade professionals helps thousands of U.S. companies to export goods and services worth billions of dollars every year. CS trade specialists are located throughout the United States, as well as in U.S. embassies and consulates in over 75 countries around the world. The mission of CS is to advance and protect strategic U.S. commercial and economic interests around the world.

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Authentix® UK Named in This Year’s York Top 100 Business List

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ADDISON, Texas, November 14, 2019 — Authentix, the authority in authentication and information services is proud to be part of this year’s York Top 100 Business list. Moving up from 85 in 2018 to 50th position is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the York, UK based team and all those who support them in delivering advanced authentication solutions.

As a joint effort ofYork Business School at York St. John University, Make It York and The Press, the York Top 100 Business List has been in publication for three years. This year’s process involved a thorough framework that included defined search parameters and a public financial reporting database software platform for data collection containing information on more than 11 million companies in the UK and Ireland.

The search and review process included companies within the City of York Council boundary and some postal codes adjacent to the city boundary. York Business School looked at elements such as turnover, balance sheet and/or shareholder funds, profit levels, growth rate over the past two years, and headcount.

“We are honored to be a thriving part of the York business community. Being recognized in the York Top 100 Business List is a testament to the commitment of the entire Authentix York team, and all of our employees who are focused on our clients and the communities we serve,” said Kent Mansfield, chief sales and marketing officer. “With our new position this year and being part of the top 50 Firms, our team is motivated to continue our company’s strategic focus to expand our reach as a global organization helping to create a world of confident commerce.”

About Authentix:

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix helps customers thrive in supply and distribution chain complexity. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial companies, ensuring local economies grow, banknote security remains intact and commercial products have robust market opportunities. The Authentix partnership approach and proven sector expertise inspires proactive innovation, helping customers mitigate risks to promote revenue growth and gain competitive advantage.

Authentix, Inc. has offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc.

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Tim Driscoll Appointed to the Board of the International Tax Stamp Association

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ADDISON, Texas, September 30, 2019 – Authentix®, the authority in authentication and information services, announced that its Senior Vice President and General Manager of Currency and Tax Stamp, Tim Driscoll, Ph.D., has been appointed to the board of directors of the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA). According to the ITSA, the addition of Dr. Driscoll, as well as two other new members, aims to cement the trade body’s reputation as an authoritative voice on illicit global trade and effective revenue protection solutions.

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix helps customers thrive in supply and distribution chain complexity. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial companies, ensuring local economies grow, banknote security remains intact and commercial products have robust market opportunities. The Authentix partnership approach and proven sector expertise inspires proactive innovation, helping customers mitigate risks to promote revenue growth and gain competitive advantage.

The International Tax Stamp Association is a not-for-profit organization working to ensure a better understanding of the benefits of tax stamps and tax stamp technology. ITSA promotes high professional standards through education, research and advocacy, and develops as well as promotes best practices. ITSA is led by seven board members and consists of 23 high-profile companies and stakeholders who recognize the critical role of tax stamps. Membership is open to legally incorporated companies that supply tax stamp components and features, finished tax stamps, equipment for stamp design, manufacture, application and authentication, and systems for coding and marketing stamps.

“Authentix has been impressed by the organization’s progress and global leadership in promoting best practices and standards for the implementation of effective tax stamp programs. I am looking forward to assisting the leadership team and continue these efforts to demonstrate how excise tax protection programs can help governments increase tax revenue collection, protect the health of their citizens, and promote economic expansion” said Driscoll.

Authentix provides authentication and track and trace solutions for governments, central banks and commercial products. Driscoll has played a critical role in expanding the company’s tax stamp division with the launch of the Ghana Revenue Authority program.  Today, Authentix supplies and manages multiple excise tax recovery programs for national governments across the globe and produces in excess of 10 billion stamps annually. Authentix recently demonstrated its commitment to expanding market share in offering tax stamp solutions through the acquisition of UK-based Security Print Solutions (SPS), one of the premier Intergraf certified security printers in the business.  This acquisition expanded Authentix’s print capacity and global delivery capability and also opened up new markets in high security documents. Dr. Driscoll has also been leading the company’s expansion into the banknote protection industry through design, development and implementation of Level 3 security solutions for multiple central banks worldwide.

More than 150 revenue agencies (national and state governments) globally use tax stamps to enforce collection of duties and excise tax payments, involving the worldwide production of some 150 billion units annually. As well as providing visible proof of tax payment and revenue collection, tax stamps have also taken on product authentication, anti-tampering and track and trace applications. More information can be found at www.tax-stamps.org and www.authentix.com/governments/taxstamp.

About Authentix

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix helps customers thrive in supply and distribution chain complexity. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial companies, ensuring local economies grow, banknote security remains intact and commercial products have robust market opportunities. The Authentix partnership approach and proven sector expertise inspires proactive innovation, helping customers mitigate risks to promote revenue growth and gain competitive advantage. Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa serving clients worldwide. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com.

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Authentix Named One Of CIOReview’s Top 20 Most Promising Oil And Gas Solutions Providers

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ADDISON, TexasJuly 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Authentix, Inc., a U.S.-based technology solutions provider specializing in supply chain security and authentication programs, was selected as one of the top 20 most promising solutions providers in the oil and gas industry by leading enterprise technology publication, CIOReview.

Every year, CIOReview analyzes the growing marketplace of service providers and awards the best-in-class with this prestigious award. This is done as a service to chief information officers with the difficult task of choosing the right partners to leverage the significant technological innovations to boost prosperity in their long-term growth and digital transformations. The exclusive list of vendors was selected by a distinguished panel of CEOs, CIOs and VCs, industry analysts and the editorial board of CIOReview after exhibiting excellence in offering efficient solutions and expertise in the oil and gas industry.

“Authentix secures the integrity of global commerce by verifying the authenticity of physical products through advanced technology solutions and connecting the output of that information to a robust, digital information platform. This provides our clients with insightful analytics to ensure the integrity of their fuels, minimize fraud, and increase market share or tax collections. We are honored to have CIOReview recognize Authentix for our proactive innovation in these complex environments, our proven sector expertise and the ability to help our clients gain a distinct competitive advantage,” states Kevin McKenna, CEO of Authentix.

Authentix operates fuel marking programs on five continents helping governments protect fuel tax revenues and leading branded fuel owners protect the integrity of their products. These programs consist of proprietary markers in refined fuels that can detect and prevent grade swapping, adulteration, and tax avoidance from the introduction of illicit fuels. Also, the company offers an information and data management platform to aggregate operational data, provide field test results and reporting tools for insights into potential issues within the supply chain and what types of actions need to be taken and when. Additionally, Authentix supplies marking programs for crude oil pipelines, fuel quality inspection services, and remote sensor monitoring of measurement devices in the fuel supply chain.

About Authentix
As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix helps customers thrive in supply and distribution chain complexity. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial products, ensuring local economies grow, banknote security remains intact and commercial  products have robust market opportunities. The Authentix partnership approach and proven sector expertise inspires proactive innovation, helping customers mitigate risks to promote revenue growth and gain competitive advantage.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in North AmericaEuropeMiddle East, and Africa serving clients worldwide. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com.

Contact: info@authentix.com

Authentix® Receives Export Achievement Award From the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration

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ADDISON, Texas, May 20, 2019 – Authentix, Inc., a U.S.-based technology solutions provider specializing in supply chain security and authentication programs, was presented the 2019 Export Achievement Certificate (EAC) on May 16, 2019, by the United States Department of Commerce for the company’s continued success and expansion in international markets.

The EAC award was originally created in 2001 by the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service division. The award recognizes U.S. based enterprises that successfully entered a new foreign market. Today, the EAC may be given to both first time and experienced exporters that have completed a noteworthy export transaction or that successfully introduced a new product line in a foreign market.

Authentix has worked with U.S. Commercial Service for 13 years as it continues to grow and deliver advanced authentication solutions to commercial companies, national governments, and leading central banks across the globe. With over 25 years serving the international marketplace, Authentix is proud to deliver supply chain security on five of the seven continents.

“The U.S. Commercial Service has supported Authentix’s presence in global markets with local knowledge and experience that connects the right stakeholders and decision makers to our mission to safeguard the integrity of global commerce. With their help, we have been able to grow our footprint internationally and deliver advanced authentication solutions to help our customers thrive in a global economy,” states Kevin McKenna, CEO of Authentix.

The U.S. Commercial Service visited Authentix headquarters in Addison, Texas on May 16, 2019, where Ana Guevara, Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Operations, delivered the award to Authentix. “Exporting businesses like Authentix are the engine of the U.S. economy. I am pleased to have presented an award for effective export activities to Authentix, and gratified that the U.S. Commercial Service had an opportunity to help facilitate their global success,” said Ms. Guevara.

About Authentix:

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix helps customers thrive in supply and distribution chain complexity. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial products, ensuring local economies grow, banknote security remains intact and commercial products have robust market opportunities. The Authentix partnership approach and proven sector expertise inspires proactive innovation, helping customers mitigate risks to promote revenue growth and gain competitive advantage.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc.

 

Media Contact:
Sonyett Bailey
Senior Director, Corporate Marketing
sonyett.bailey@authentix.com

Authentix® Welcomes Kent Mansfield to its Executive Team

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ADDISON, Texas, April 24, 2019 – Authentix, the authority in authentication solutions, welcomes Kent Mansfield as its Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.

Mansfield is responsible for strategically aligning Authentix solutions and expertise to key business unit operations to build and maintain our global brand and drive market development in key focus areas. In his role, Mansfield also oversees global sales and marketing for Government and Commercial Oil & Gas Programs and Brand Protection.

“Kent’s extensive background in the brand protection, security and technology industries, along with his expertise in sales, marketing, channel and product management, is extremely valuable toward helping Authentix provide advanced authentication solutions that enable customers to thrive in supply chain complexity.” states Kevin McKenna, CEO of Authentix.

He began his career in the commercial and investment banking sector before entering the security industry in 1995. He was part of the original executive team, which created Authentix from the merger of Isotag and Biocode in 2003.  He has also served in executive roles with Ultrak, Smart Holograms, Boardroom Software, and TruTag Technologies.

Mansfield holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University.

About Authentix:

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix helps customers thrive in supply and distribution chain complexity. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial products, ensuring local economies grow, banknote security remains intact and commercial products have robust market opportunities. The Authentix partnership approach and proven sector expertise inspires proactive innovation, helping customers mitigate risks to promote revenue growth and gain competitive advantage.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc.

 

Media Contact:
Sonyett Bailey
Senior Director, Corporate Marketing
sonyett.bailey@authentix.com

Authentix® Welcomes Jeff Bowers to its Executive Team

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ADDISON, Texas, April 18, 2019 – Authentix, the authority in authentication solutions, welcomes Jeff Bowers as Senior Vice President of Engineering.

In this new role, Bowers oversees all hardware and software development as well as the global engineering function. He brings more than 20 years of experience leading global development teams in full lifecycle product engineering and interfacing with customers to define, deliver and support solutions that meet current and emerging needs.

“The Engineering department at Authentix plays a critical role in advancing our technology products to accelerate our digital transformation and provide advanced authentication solutions to meet our customers’ evolving needs,” states Kevin McKenna, CEO of Authentix, adding that “We are thrilled to have Jeff on board to lead this charge.”

Prior to Authentix, Bowers spent 20 years with Giesecke+Devrient in various engineering and software solutions leadership roles. Bower’s career began at the Jonathan Corporation as the Engineering Manager.

Bowers earned his Master of Business Administration from Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio Northern University. Bowers lives in Dallas after recently relocating from Washington, DC.

About Authentix:

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix helps customers thrive in supply and distribution chain complexity. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial products, ensuring local economies grow, banknote security remains intact and commercial products have robust market opportunities. The Authentix partnership approach and proven sector expertise inspires proactive innovation, helping customers mitigate risks to promote revenue growth and gain competitive advantage.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc.

Media Contact:
Sonyett Bailey
Senior Director, Corporate Marketing
sonyett.bailey@authentix.com

Authentix® Announces Executive Team Promotion

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ADDISON, Texas, April 12, 2019 – Authentix, the authority in authentication solutions, is pleased to announce the promotion of one of its most tenured executive leaders, Kristi Browne, to Senior Vice President, Global Services.

In this new role, Browne is now responsible for managing cross-functional groups accountable for client programs in Oil & Gas, Brand Protection, Tax Stamps, and Currency business units.  Her team handles all program management, solutions development, production, and logistics for our clients on a worldwide basis. Being with Authentix for over 17 years gives her unique insight and vision coupled with an ability to manage excellence in delivery of solutions to the company’s high-quality client base.

“Kristi’s detailed understanding of delivering authentication solutions to our client base is unmatched because of her years successfully leading different areas of the organization,” stated Kevin McKenna, CEO of Authentix, adding that “The commitment to our mission and the values Kristi and her team demonstrate is one of the primary reasons for our 95% customer retention rate.”

Browne holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and lives with her husband and two children in Dallas, Texas.

About Authentix:
As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix helps customers thrive in supply and distribution chain complexity. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial products, ensuring local economies grow, banknote security remains intact and commercial products have robust market opportunities. The Authentix partnership approach and proven sector expertise inspires proactive innovation, helping customers mitigate risks to promote revenue growth and gain competitive advantage.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc.

Media Contact:
Sonyett Bailey
Senior Director, Corporate Marketing
sonyett.bailey@authentix.com

Authentix® Announces Acquisition of Security Print Solutions Limited

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ADDISON, Texas, April 3, 2019 — Authentix, the authority in authentication and information services, announced that it has acquired Security Print Solutions Limited (“SPS”) through its United Kingdom based entity, Authentix Limited.

United Kingdom based SPS is an industry leader in providing high security print solutions to a broad base of global clientele. The company offers a highly diverse product portfolio including high security tax stamps and a host of security labels and other documents such as patented and multi-layered security technologies it deploys in its solutions. For over 30 years, SPS has been at the forefront of developing new and patented methods, combining innovation in print with new technologies and decades of craft.

“This strategic acquisition expands our portfolio of security technologies to grow our support in tax recovery programs for governments as well as increasing the scope of offerings for our brand protection clients,” stated Kevin McKenna, CEO of Authentix, adding “a key element of our growth plan includes integration of a high security printing operation into our organization and we can’t think of a higher quality candidate than SPS.”

SPS will remain a stand-alone operating entity retaining its respective brands, with a plan to integrate within the Authentix group of companies to grow a collective set of strategic offerings and leverage the sales platform extensively in the markets served.

About Security Print Solutions:

SPS is one of the world’s leading security print solution providers in the revenue recovery and brand protection domain. Originally the business produced tickets for major events and secure cheques. But over the years the business has increasingly focused on custom tailored secure documents (certificates and legal paperwork), brand protection, and tax & revenue protection solutions for governments in MEA.

About Authentix:

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix helps customers thrive in supply and distribution chain complexity. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial products, ensuring local economies grow, banknote security remains intact and commercial products have robust market opportunities. The Authentix partnership approach and proven sector expertise inspires proactive innovation, helping customers mitigate risks to promote revenue growth and gain competitive advantage.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc.

Media Contact:
Sonyett Bailey
Senior Director, Corporate Marketing
sonyett.bailey@authentix.com