Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH has moved into second place among the world's largest ATM manufacturers based on shipments in 2007, according to a private study by Retail Banking Research, a London-based strategic research and consulting firm.

Wincor Nixdorf, ranked third in 2006, passed Diebold Inc., which previously held the No. 2 spot, according to study results. Dayton, Ohio-based NCR Corp. remains the world's largest ATM manufacturer based on shipments.

Meanwhile, Diebold defended its No. 2 position without disputing the shipments-based ranking. Diebold "remains No. 2 in the world based on financial-services revenue, which includes more than ATM shipments," a spokesperson for the North Canton, Ohio-based manufacturer tells ATM&Debit News. "The other services include managed and integrated services, software, and security."

Wincor Nixdorf has been catching up with Diebold for more than a decade, says an industry insider. Wincor Nixdorf "has moved from being a regional to a world manufacturer," the insider says. In 1994, Wincor Nixdorf was the world's 12th largest ATM manufacturer, the company says.

Retail Banking Research did not disclose the number of shipments made by individual manufacturers. Twenty-five companies manufacture ATMs throughout the world, and Retail Banking Research interviewed 12 of them. NCR, Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf manufacture two-thirds of the ATMs sold worldwide, and the 10 largest manufacturers make 90% of the world's ATMs, Retail Banking Research says.

The research company surveyed manufacturers, banks and ATM networks in five regions it described as Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and the Americas.

Retail Banking Research determined how many ATMs manufacturers shipped and how many machines banks purchased. The company then ranked manufacturers in terms of shipments.

This was the first study by Retail Banking Research concerning ATM shipments. The firm usually focuses on the installed base of ATMs.

Wincor Nixdorf, which is based in Paderborn, Germany, said it controlled 21% of worldwide ATM shipments last year, up from 18% in 2006. Diebold declined to release shipment figures.

Retail Banking Research says it did not report figures for individual companies because the study results were intended for the companies participating in the research.

"Moving up to the No. 2 spot is yet another milestone in our success story," say Stefan Auerbach, a Wincor Nixdorf board member and head of the company's worldwide business with banks. "Our portfolio as a provider of integrated hardware, software and services strengthens our position as a leading [information technology] solution supplier in the international retail banking business."

Wincor Nixdorf has a strong presence throughout Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, observers say.

The company also is gaining traction in the United States, as evidenced by contracts with Wells Fargo &Co. and JPMorgan Chase &Co., they say.

Wincor Nixdorf announced the new ranking last week at its International Management Seminar in Lisbon, Portugal.  ATM

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