NEXT Biometrics, NEXT, and its go-to-market partner in China, Wiser, have reached an agreement to establish a jointly owned company to further drive and support NEXT’s sales and marketing operations in China.

The new company is intended to be 50/50 jointly owned and to be headquartered in Shanghai, China and as it will simplify NEXT’s participation in the tier 1 tenders, increased profitability is expected to follow this strategic step of the expansion. The agreement is currently subject to approval from the respective authorities.

NEXT and Wiser share the ambition of providing enhanced, biometric security through state-of-the-art Active thermal biometric solutions for the banking and healthcare sector. Since the signing of their partnership in February 2023, the Parties have continuously increased their collaboration.

Ulf Ritsvall, Chief Executive Officer at NEXT, comments:
“The Asian region is strategically important to us and a key geography in our growth plans. We have been very pleased with our partnership with Wiser and I look forward to continuing it through this jointly owned company. Our new agreement will provide an excellent foundation to develop our operations in China and put us in a highly competitive position to secure new business.”

The partnership with Wiser has already brought tangible results, such as several MoUs, Memorandum of Understandings, and customer agreements. Wiser’s relationships with the banks and financial industry also make an ideal match, as it will help accelerate NEXT’s business development in China and secure direct access to such tenders.

Kevin Chen, Chief Executive Officer at WISER, comments:
“We are glad to join the growth journey with NEXT in China. NEXT has a unique technology for biometric security, which will be an integral part of the growing digital economy. Furthermore, Chinese OEMs also play an important role in the global market. We have accumulated vast experience of assisting Nordic technology companies with their growth in China. We believe our expertise and experience in local biometrics industry will be a good complement to NEXT in China.”

Going forward, all NEXT’s sales in China will be conducted through the jointly owned company. NEXT and Wiser will be partners in the company, which will operate as an independent entity in China. The jointly owned company will function as a dedicated sales and marketing organization in China, aimed at accelerating sales. NEXT’s operations in its other geographical regions and business areas will remain unaffected. The agreement covers a 36-month period, during which Wiser shall support NEXT’s growth ambitions in the Chinese market.

For more information, please contact:

Ulf Ritsvall, Chief Executive Officer

Eirik Underthun, Chief Financial Officer

About NEXT

NEXT provides advanced fingerprint sensor technology that delivers uncompromised security and accuracy for the best possible user experience in the payment and fintech, government ID, access control and office and notebook markets. The company’s patented NEXT Active Thermal ® principle allows the development of large, high-quality fingerprint sensors with superior security level. NEXT Biometrics Group ASA is headquartered in Oslo, with sales, support, and development operations in Seattle, Taipei, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Shanghai.

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