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ELKO enters Nordic region by acquiring Gandalf

Scandinavia: Latvian broadliner ELKO Grupa has reached an agreement to acquire 85% of shares in Swedish broadliner Gandalf Distribution for an undisclosed amount. "ELKO has been looking for geographical expansion opportunities for some time", said Svens Dinsdorfs, CEO ELKO Group. "Gandalf's business model and operational structure is very similar to our own and thus we feel confident about this acquisition. Gandalf’s team is highly motivated and professional and we feel comfortable about the coming integration process and ensuing synergy. By becoming a part of the ELKO Group, Gandalf will be able to significantly expand its product portfolio and benefit from various competence-sharing initiatives."

Gandalf will become a part of the ELKO Group, but for now will continue to operate under the Gandalf brand. David Nicander will continue to work as the CEO and also remain as a minority shareholder of Gandalf Distribution. "Gandalf has for many years successfully grown together with our customers and partners, and today we have taken a new step towards the next level of distribution. I am personally very proud of the opportunity to become part of the ELKO Group, and all the positive opportunities that this gives us at Gandalf to grow and expand our business in the Nordics", says David Nicander, CEO Gandalf.

Sophos appoints Tech Data

Belux: security editor Sophos has chosen infrastructure VAD Azlan as a new distributor for Belgium and Luxembourg (source: Channel Belgium).

Esprinet flies with Xiro

Italy: broadliner Esprinet has started the distribution of Xiro drones in the country (source: Top Trade Informatica Italia).

Tech Data launches next-generation cloud solutions with Amazon Web Services solutions

Turkey: infrastructure VAD Azlan + Technology Solutions, the value division of broadliner Tech Data, has launched its next-generation cloud solutions, further strengthening its cloud offering across the EMEA region. Azlan will offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) solutions to IT resellers in Turkey to support its business partners help their end-user clients become cloud-enabled. These solutions can be delivered by partners with the support of Azlan's trusted cloud technical experts, including value-added services such as integration and migration services, as well as training and enablement programs to meet their customers' cloud solution requirements.

Hakki Eren, general manager Tech Data Turkey, said: "this agreement between Tech Data and AWS shows our commitment to supporting the changing technology landscape in the region. Cloud-based solutions represent a key business model for many organisations, and being able to deliver these to end-users in a convenient and efficient manner will help support and sustain growth in the market. Tech Data will offer business partners access to a wide variety of AWS solutions and support them to further strengthen their customer relationships with a cloud solutions offering."

David Newbould, director Cloud EMEA at Tech Data, said: "we are excited to roll out AWS to an increasing number of countries. As we continue to integrate our Tech Data and Technology Solutions businesses, we are collaborating and sharing invaluable knowledge and experience to further enhance the offerings from our combined portfolio."

Yinal Özkan, Country Manager Amazon Web Services Turkey, said: "we are excited that Tech Data has chosen to bring flexible, scalable, and secure AWS technologies to Turkey and expand AWS' reach to their partner ecosystem. We look forward to seeing this accelerate the digital transformation and national innovation that is already happening in the country."

Acmeo, Komsa Systems, Siewert & Kau and VnX find new vendors

Germany: cloud VAD Acmeo1. Komsa SystemsKomsaSiewert & Kau2. Finally, LG has appointed AV specialist VnX Distribution as an official distributor for its video projectors (source: Channel Observer Deutschland 1 and 2, Telecom Handel, IT Reseller Schweiz).


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