[Release] Stryker Europe Expands Its Deployment of SATO’s PJM RFID Solutions to Nordic Region


Tokyo, October 31, 2014 – SATO, a leader in barcode printing, labeling, and EPC/RFID solutions, and Altrax Group, a leader in traceability solutions for the healthcare environment, Bristol, UK, co-announced today that Medical device manufacturer Stryker Europe has adopted SATO’s PJM* RFID solutions in their Swedish distribution centre.

Prior to the Nordic countries, Stryker Europe has introduced PJM RFID solutions at its main distribution centres in UK, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Italy, following successful deployment in Australia and New Zealand.

Having acquired Magellan Technology, inventor of the unique PJM RFID technology in December 2013, SATO now continues to pursue the research and development of the same technology from Sydney, Australia while rapidly expanding its business of implant logistics management solutions in Asia and Europe.

“We are extremely honoured to receive the confidence and trust of Stryker Europe in recognition of our technology and service quality,” said Kaz Matsuyama, President & CEO of SATO Holdings, “Stryker’s decision to expand the use of SATO’s PJM RFID solutions to the Nordic countries is a strong endorsement that we are providing the right products and services, with the right technology and the right attitude.”

Altrax Group, specialists in manual and electronic traceability solutions for hospital Decontamination, Endoscopy and Theatre departments and has been the solution partner of Magellan Technology (now SATO Vicinity) and SATO UK.

“We believe in getting involved,” said Andrew Southcott, Director of Altrax Group, “It is not only the superb technologies that are important; it’s just as important to understand what the end user needs from this technology”.

“We are also looking to offer the kind of user engagement that will truly make a difference for our customers. Between SATO and Altrax, we cannot go wrong because we both have the same philosophy — we listen to our customers and understand what they want.”

*About PJM PJM (Phase Jitter Modulation) is a RFID technology that can quickly and accurately identify large volumes of tagged items stacked or stored in any physical orientation.

About Altrax Group
The Altrax Group is world leader in the supply of traceability, accountability and management systems for Sterile Services. Its wide portfolio of specialist solutions is specifically designed to help healthcare providers meet and exceed regulatory requirements whilst incorporating the most up to date technology available. The Altrax Group is also at the forefront of single instrument marking for healthcare systems. Instrumark®'s unique laser marking technology - designed by some of the world's leading laser engineers - uses technology developed by NASA to provide the most accurate instrument marking system in the world.

About SATO
SATO is a pioneer and leading global provider of integrated Automatic Identification and Data Collection solutions that leverage barcode, two-dimensional stacked & QR code, color code, digital watermarking, and UHF/HF/PJM RFID technologies. SATO delivers innovative end-to-end solutions to businesses as a single point responsibility for hardware, consumables, maintenance management, application software, each designed to enhance customer value. SATO solutions enable better business efficiencies and environmental protection to contribute to the development of a sustainable world.

Founded in 1940, SATO is publicly listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan. It has sales and support offices in over 20 countries and is represented globally through a world-class network of partners. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, it reported revenues of JPY 96,773 million (US$ 966 million). More information about SATO can be found at

*Conversion is based on an average exchange rate of 1 US Dollar = 100.16 Japanese Yen.


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Adam Hogue
Public Relations Group
SATO Holdings Corporation
Tel: +81-(0)3-5745-3412

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