ABOUT ME – Our History

ME 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, the company 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 ME 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.


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


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


Launch of new-generation iconic photobooth designed by Philippe Starck


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


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


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


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


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


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


Photo-Me International plc changes its listed entity name to ME Group International plc


Launch of next generation photobooths


Acquisition of photobooth business in Japan, adding 3,348