20 Years of Abrantix!
Today twenty years ago, on November 9th 2001, I walked out of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce holding the business certificate for the newly founded Abrantix AG.
We had the dream to create a highly sophisticated payments technology company with a strong focus on software and new technologies.
In 2001, the Internet was still young, but there were already the first signs that the bubble was going to burst; that didn’t hold us back. We were convinced that electronic payments were just seeing the start of something big. In my job prior to the founding of Abrantix, we equipped most of the Swiss retailers with payment terminals, we developed one of the first PSP’s and developed a lot of magstripe based payment protocols. But I was convinced that the digital payments revolution was just starting, and we wanted to be a technology leader in this domain.
One of our first tasks was to develop an EMV-Kernel to accept chip card payments, revolutionary in those days. We were one of the first companies ever to successfully certify an EMV Kernel. The same thing happened a few years later with EMV Contactless and now again with SoftPos. We have always been early adopters, and we were amongst the first 10 companies globally to certify these solutions.
Our Journey wasn't just about terminal software.
In 2003 we developed a large merchant portal for a multi-national acquirer. In 2006, the first mobile payment acceptance solution using Windows Phones. We build payment gateways, payment terminal applications and invented several new products especially around payment reconciliation and payment testing.
We are proud of what we have achieved here at Abrantix within the last 20 years. This has only been possible thanks to all of our customers, partners and payment friends. Thank you for your trust in us. We also have an exceptional team of employees who always go the extra mile to satisfy our customers needs and develop state-of-the-art products that set industry standards. Thank you to all of you.
20 years in pictures.
In our picture gallery we have captured some of the highlights of our achievements over the last 20 years. Take a look and join us on the journey through our 20-year history.
And what about today and the future?
Today, we are a company with offices in 5 countries, with roughly 100 employees and we serve customers around the world. We are still payment technology leaders and have received many awards for our products and services. ReconHub is a leading reconciliation solution for retailers. PayTestHub is a one-stop payment test platform that helps acquirers and retailers to automate their payment testing.
The payment industry is still growing, accelerated with the fast adoption of contactless, Ecommerce, BNPL, PSD2, Cryptocurrencies and many other topics. We are still growing and are very well positioned to serve our customers around the globe. We will keep on doing what we do best: developing the world’s leading payment technologies.
I am beyond excited where our journey will lead us in the next years.
To many more years together!