ABOUT ME – Our History

The Group has a rich history spanning seven decades

In 1954, the first customer sat inside a Photo-Me® photobooth to have their photograph taken and, amazingly for that time, a few minutes later walked away with the pictures. In 1962, Photo-Me International PLC was listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Since then, hundreds of millions of people throughout the world have used Photo-Me® photobooth images for official documents, such as passports and driving licences, and for fun.

Today, the Group offers an extensive and diverse range of products and services, reaching far beyond its photobooth heritage, including automated 24/7 laundry services, printing kiosks, and vending equipment for the foodservice market.

1962

Listed shares on the London Stock Exchange as Photo-Me International Plc (PMI)

1994

Merger with KIS (France), a leading in instant printing founded by Serge Crasnianski

2011

Launch of new-generation iconic photobooth designed by Philippe Starck

2012

Launch of Revolution self-service laundry concept in Europe, offering 24/7 outdoor self-service laundry machines

2014

Launch of the rollout of digital photo and e-signature enrolment in France for driving licenses with ANTS

2017

Launched encrypted photo ID technology in partnership with the Irish government, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (UK) and launched the German biometric booth

2019

Entry into the food vending sector with the acquisition of SEMPA Sarl, the French leader in the manufacture and distribution of fresh fruit juice machines

2021

Acquired Pizza vending machine manufacturer, developed ‘anti-spoofing’ solution for ID photos and launched ME Group corporate brand strategy

2021

Launched Apple (and Pineapple) Juicer developed by R&D team for commercial use