Antares Vision Group

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Antares Vision Group
Public (S.p.A)
Traded asEuronext Star Milano
FounderEmidio Zorzella
Massimo Bonardi
Revenue223 millions € (2022)
18.2 millions € (2022)
Number of employees
1300 (2022)

Antares Vision Group is a multinational company headquartered in Travagliato, Italy. The company operates in the traceability field and has been listed on the stock exchange since 2019.


Early History

After graduating in electronic engineering from the Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on optical measurement systems, Emidio Zorzella and Massimo Bonardi founded SemTec, an optoelectronics laboratory and spin-off of the University of Brescia, in 1998[1].

In 2001, following the announcement of a new European law against counterfeit medicines, a dedicated pharmaceutical division was created at SemTec. In 2007, Zorzella and Bonardi founded Antares Vision.

2007 - 2014

Initially situated in an office in Castel Mella, located in the province of Brescia, and with 18 employees, Antares Vision entered the pharmaceutical sector from the outset.

During the early years, the company concentrated on manufacturing vision systems using intelligent cameras which were capable of monitoring drug compliance.

In 2008, a development centre was opened in Germany. The subsequent year marked the start of the first phase of Turkey's serialization program, establishing the world's inaugural drug traceability system to combat counterfeiting[2].

In 2012, with the financial backing of Fondo Italiano d'Investimento [3], Antares Vision became a partner of Sanofi[4] and ranked among the top five players worldwide in the field of traceability. Its solutions have been installed in 40 countries[5]. In 2013, Antares Vision inaugurated new offices in the United States and Brazil. In 2014, it was honoured with the award for National Champion in the technological innovation sector at the European Business Awards [6].

2015 - 2019

The two-year period 2015/2016 is marked by the relocation to the current Travagliato plant, a second prize at the European Business Awards, for the best international strategy[7], and the opening of new sites, in France and South Korea.

In 2018 Sargas joined Antares Vision of Sargas, a company made up of Italian and foreign entrepreneurs led by Guido Barilla, who subsidized a capital increase operation[8] with 15% of the paid-up shares. The company also opens an office in India.

In April 2019, Antares Vision entered the Italian stock exchange, with the start of trading of ordinary shares and bonds on AIM Italia[9]. A few months later, in September, Antares Vision acquires FT System, a company specializing in inspection for quality control in the Beverage industry[10]. The year ended with the acquisition of T2 Software, a Brazilian software company [11] and 37,5% of Oròbix [12], a company specializing in Artificial Intelligence based in Bergamo.

2020 - today

In April 2020, the company took over 83% of Tradeticity, a Croatian software company specializing in the management of traceability processes[13]. In June, the Vicenza-based company Convel, a manufacturer of inspection machines for the pharmaceutical industry[14], was taken over, while in the autumn Antares Vision acquired Applied Vision, an American multinational manufacturer of high-speed inspection systems for glass and metal containers for the food industry[15].

In 2021, Antares Vision became Antares Vision Group and, in May, entered the STAR MTA segment of the Milan Stock Exchange [16]. The Group also includes the American rfxcel Corporation, a company specializing in traceability and regulatory compliance[17], Pen-Tec and Tecnel, which contributes to the Group's expertise in the Food & Beverage sector[18].

Also in 2021 a partnership with Bonifiche Ferraresi, Bluarancio SpA and SDF Spa was established for the creation of RurAll SpA, a company that aims at creating a platform for the traceability of agricultural products from farm to fork[19].

In 2022 Antares Vision Group acquiried ACSIS, an American software company for supply chain transparency [20], Packital and Ingg. Vescovini active in the field of inspection in the Food & Beverage sector [21]. In December, Ingg. Vescovini and Tecnel joined forces to form AV Electronics [22].

In 2022, Antares Vision Group signed agreements with universities and research centres: the National Research Centre for 'Agricultural Technology - Agritech' at the Federico II University in Naples[23], the National Research Center for 'Development of gene therapy and drugs with RNA technology' in Padua[24], and the L.I.G.H.T. project with the University of Brescia and Dompé Farmaceutici[25].

In October, Antares Vision Group also enters the metaverse by launching AVGroupVERSE [26]


  4. Spinoff illustri: Antares Vision SpA
  5. La tutela del paziente-consumatore di farmaci dopo il decreto legislativo n. 17/2014
  6. Serialization to meet Turkey’s requirements
  7. Il Fondo Italiano investe 5 mln in Antares - MilanoFinanza News
  8. Antares Vision Group, da spin-off universitario a multinazionale quotata in borsa
  10. The Prestigious European Business Awards Announced Today National Champions
  11. The European Business Awards
  12. Barilla, Berlusconi e Belloni in Antares Vision con 40 milioni
  13. Antares Vision sbarca all’AIM
  14. Antares Vision compra Ft System per 67,7 milioni di euro - MilanoFinanza News
  15. Antares Vision acquisisce il 51% della brasiliana T2 software
  16. Antares Vision, acquista 37,5% di Orobix (Intelligenza Artificiale) per 3,25 milioni - MilanoFinanza News
  17. Antares Vision perfeziona closing acquisizione Tradeticity
  18. Antares Vision acquisisce Convel e consolida business macchine ispezione
  19. Acquisizioni, Antares Vision compra Applied Vision e si rinforza nel campo delle tecnologie ispettive
  20. Antares Vision verso trasloco su MTA. Borsa Italiana rilascia ammissione a quotazione
  21. Antares Vision Group acquista RFXCEL per 120 milioni di dollari - Feb 2021
  22. FT System (Antares Vision) compra i sistemi e i software di controllo di Pen-Tec e Tecnel
  23. Nasce RurAll, piattaforma digital per l'Agricoltura 4.0
  24. Antares Vision, completata l'acquisizione di ACSIS
  25. Antares Vision acquisisce Packital e Ingg. Vescovini
  26. Antares Vision: nasce AV Electronics

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