Poker chip maker Gaming Partners International Corp. has purchased a French mold maker to streamline its supply chain and improve security for its gaming industry products.
The acquisition of OMC-Outillage Moules Création sarl of Vignoles, France, and its subsidiary OMC Industries will give Las Vegas-based GPI more control over the chip-manufacturing process, while maintaining gaming currency manufacturing security, GPI said in an April 7 news release.
The companies did not disclose a purchase price.
GPI makes gaming chips, roulette wheels, gaming furniture, dice and other products at manufacturing plants in Beaune, France, and San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico. It makes the chips through injection and compression molding, using both sublimation and pad printing for standard decoration and for enhancing chips with ultraviolet and laser pigments for anti-theft protection.
Gaming chips made up 65 percent of GPI's $59.9 million in 2010 sales, according to its annual report.
Casinos typically order all of their gaming chips from a single supplier, making it important to win the first selection, the firm noted. It supplies casinos globally.
In addition to the new mold-making capability, the company recently invested in radio-frequency identification technology for embedding chips with tracking systems, for customers that want to increase security.
We are extending our direct control over the production of our core currency products, said CEO and President Gregory Gronau.
In addition to supplying its own mold-production needs, the company said it also will look for opportunities to expand OMC's existing sales to manufacturers in other industries.