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Asbis starts distributing Griffin

Broadliner Asbis has signed a partnership with Griffin Technology, a vendor of accessories for home, mobile and personal technology. Asbis is now authorized to distribute Griffin’s assortment in 29 countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dubai, Egypt, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Comtech takes a Liquid Image

Germany : consumer electronics specialist Comtech has expanded its portfolio with waterproof cameras from American vendor Liquid Image.

Woolley leaves AxizWorkgroup

South Africa : AxizWorkgroup CEO Doug Woolley is leaving the company to take up a position at Business Connexion (BCX), one of its clients. Woolley is the fifth senior manager out of 25 to leave the company within the past months. Woolley’s post will be filled in an acting capacity by Henry Ferreira, who was set to join AxizWorkgroup’s parent company, Pinnacle, as CEO of distribution this month. Woolley’s departure is a « disruptive » event and the company regrets losing its CEO. However, Ferreira is experienced and will join the company from one of its suppliers, according to Craig’s Brunsden, executive director of the company (source : ITweb South Africa).

Bludis signs with AVG

Italy : security and telecom VAD Bludis has expanded its portfolio with the antivirus of Czech editor AVG.

Online Trade gets into tablets

Russia : consumer electronics and photo specialist Online Trade has started the distribution of Android tablets made by the local vendor OLT.

Dagma trains on Microsoft

Poland : security VAD Dagma has become an authorized training centre for Microsoft security solutions.

SQP stores on Sandisk

France : storage specialist SQP has expanded its portfolio with Sandisk CF and SD flash cards.

VIP add B-Tech’s new range of LCD desktop monitor arm mounts to their portfolio

United Kingdom : broadliner VIP Computers has added B-Tech’s new range of LCD desktop monitor arm mounts to their portfolio. B-Tech’s newly launched range of ergonomically designed office and home office desktop monitor brackets is a good fit for the distributor as they continue to work closely with corporate VARs and consumer electronics resellers.

Akbit offers a SaaS firewall

Poland : security VAD Akbit has inked a partnership with American firewall specialist XyberSecure, and will propose its XyberShield offer as a SaaS offer to Polish resellers.

Bluechip archives emails with Masch

Germany : broadliner Bluechip has been appointed official distributor by Masch Software for its CM Studio E-archive email archiving solution.

Metaboli to be acquired ?

Following the acquisition of Ztorm by retail specialist Gem Distribution, download specialist Metaboli is said by multiple rumors to be the next target for an acquisition in the distribution market. Distribution giant Arvato is the most rumored potential buyer, albeit strongly denying it. As download distribution is getting more and more important for major distributors, the days of independent digital companies is seemingly coming to an end. Other major potential targets are French companies Eptimum and Nexway (also present in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom).

MMD appoints Neoteric as regional distributor

India : Philips monitor licencee MMD has appointed broadliner Neoteric Infomatique as its exclusive distributor for South and West India. The company’s other regional distributors include Technocrat Infotech in the eastern part of the country and Global Infonet in the northern part of the country.

Tech Data invests in consumer electronics

Sweden : in order to drive its consumer electronic strategy in the country, broadliner Tech Data has hired Christer Schultzberg as Nordic CE division manager. Christer, who previously working for Media Markt, will initially manage a team of about 10 people, a number which should grow to 50 people split between Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden within the next few years.

Ingram Micro throws an (As)rock

Italy : Asrock has appointed broadliner Ingram Micro as an official distributor for its motherboards.

Merlion signs with Huawei

Russia : broadliner Merlion has been chosen by Huawei as its first official distributor in the country. The company starts with the distribution of Hi-Universe 3G modems.

Anuman appoints Eptimum for Web Creator 6 digital distribution

France : French software editor Anuman Interactive has appointed digital distributor Eptimum as official partner for the electronic distribution of its tool Web Creator 6.

iSource gets two new brands

Poland : Mac specialist iSource has started to promote Incipio and Trexta cases to its resellers.

Avnet TS introduces new NetApp and Microsoft entry-level solution packaged for mid-sized businesses and channel delivery

United Kingdom : multispecialist Avnet Technology Solutions has introduced a new entry level solution to the local market which integrates NetApp’s advanced virtualization feature set and Microsoft’s private cloud solution. Comprehensive integration is provided at the hardware, hypervisor, automation, management and orchestration levels. The new combination is designed to meet the needs of mid-size businesses by offering a starting place to build virtualized storage and private cloud solutions.

Gamma Global cuts down its European coverage

British sparepart specialist Gamma Global has recently significantly cut down its European coverage, as it has closed its offices in Poland and Spain. Currently and beside the United Kingdom, it is physically present only in Italy, while its French office has taken its independence some months ago.

A Pfennig for Brodos

Germany : telephony specialist Brodos has appointed Volker Pfennig as product management director. Previously, Volker was country manager for TCT Mobiles.