Orga, the German smart card manufacturer, announced it formed a strategic alliance with Advanced Cards do Brasil Ltd. to provide the largest South American country with a variety of smart card services for telecommunications, finance, transportation, and more. The new firm is based in Sao Paulo.

Orga also announced the formation of a Russian subsidiary, Orga Zelenograd, a joint venture with IDIS and Submicron, both established in the Russian market.

The Russian operation will manufacture chip cards and market other Orga products.

Juergen Kempe will head the company's newly restructured international marketing and sales department, reporting directly to the board of directors.

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