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Resin based 3D Printers gain traction in Professional/Industrial markets in 2016
2017-04-27

The worldwide Industrial/Professional* segment of the 3D Printing market again struggled in 2016, seeing -10% fewer printers ship for the year compared to 2015 mostly due to the difficulties on the polymers side in making headway into production and away from just prototyping. Polymer technologies making the most headway into the manufacturing sector for 2016 included resin-based, Vat Photopolymerization printers (most commonly known as SLA or stereolithography but also including many other sub-technologies) and polymer Powder Bed Fusion printers (which include not only SLS - Selective Laser Sintering - technologies but also newer technologies like HP's MultiJet Fusion). Resin based printers saw global shipments increase +8% in 2016, putting this category ahead of Material Extrusion as the top technology on this side of the market for the first time since 2000. Material Extrusion still dominates the total market (Industrial/Professional plus Desktop/Personal) however with the bulk of the Desktop/Personal printers being of this type.

"While 3D printing in metals has already begun crossing this chasm into production, plastics are still largely stuck in prototyping, This is especially true in Material Extrusion", noted Chris Connery, VP of Global Analysis for CONTEXT. When considering Desktop/Personal 3D Printers, a category which again saw growth in 2016, with +33% more printers shipped in this sub $5K category than a year ago, Material Extrusion still rules the market. This Desktop/Personal category of 3D Printers was once thought to be able to penetrate more deeply into mainstream consumer usage, but still largely caters to non-consumer markets such as education and even more and more into the professional realm, while still remaining popular with hobbyists. A notable trend has been the acceptance of Desktop/Personal 3D Printers for professional use over the last two years as this sub-$5K Desktop category remains the gateway to 3D Printing for many and an important part of the ecosystem. While the sale of Polymer based Industrial/Professional 3D Printers struggled again in 2016, metal-based systems again showed growth with both Powder Bed Fusion solutions and Directed Energy Deposition solutions seeing share gains. Powder Bed Fusion metal 3D Printers were up +17% while Directed Energy Deposition System sales were up +28% Y/Y.

Market leaders Stratasys and 3D Systems both saw fewer Industrial/Professional 3D Printers ship globally in 2016 than in 2015 with notable Y/Y increases coming from EnvisionTEC, privately held EOS, Concept Laser (with heavy new investment from GE) and SLM Solutions with all but EnvisionTEC having metal as part of their portfolio. EnvisionTEC showed some of the greatest growth Y/Y with a heavy emphasis on mass customization as opposed to mass production, evidenced by their focus on the Dental and Jewelry industries. Powder Bed Fusion solutions in Polymers saw a slight decrease in unit shipments for the year, with -3% fewer printers shipped in this category than in a year ago. New solutions on the powder polymer side which allow for faster or better throughput by the way of the use of multiple lasers (as for EOS) or new technologies for sintering powder (as for HP), show machine trends to be skewed a bit for the period however with overall growth still seen in this technology as evidenced by growing material sales. As the Polymers side of 3D Printing shifts some of its attention toward production, the industry still needs to prove itself in terms of part repeatability, production of isotropic parts and materials cost.

Config reorganizes and expands in Africa
2017-04-25

French network and security VAD Config has decided to reorganize itself. The company has poached Pascal Barascud from networking specialist ACTN to become the manager of its new infrastructure division, while Denisa Monville, who joined from Arrow ECS in last December, becomes the manager of its security division. Pascal Barascud, who is based in Toulouse, also manages its new southern France sales office. Besides all this, the distributor has hired a sales agent based in Dakar, Senegal, to cover locally the French-speaking African market.

Mark Chlebek to Head Pan-EMEA Ingram Micro Division
2017-04-25

Broadliner Ingram Micro has unveiled a change of leadership in its pan-EMEA division. Mark Chlebek replaces Robert Beck as executive director of this division, managing relationships with pan-EMEA vendor partners. Beck will "gradually withdraw from the day-to-day business", before ending his 25 year career with the distributor. A 20-year company veteran, having joined Ingram in 1997, Chlebek takes responsibility for "purchasing and business management" for regional vendor partners managed by the distributor on a centralised basis. As part of the EMEA senior management team he reports to global group president of EMEA Mark Snider. "I'm excited to have Mark Chlebek coming into this strategic role. Mark brings with him years of EMEA-wide experience driving innovation and growth for our business. I am looking forward to working with him in his new capacity", Snider says. "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Robert Beck for his many years of service and dedication to Ingram Micro. I'd also like to thank him for volunteering to help with a smooth transition, ensuring Ingram Micro business will continue without interruption to our vendor and customer partners." Chlebek is but one recent promotion in Ingram management. In February the distributor appointed Jacek Murawski as VP of EMEA vender engagement, with Günter Schiessl and Jordi Muñoz reporting into him in roles overseeing the management of partnerships with volume and value vendors respectively.

Exclusive Group transforms leadership team
2017-04-25
Network and security value distribution group Exclusive Group has restructured the business to exploit continued global growth and opportunities with two key promotional appointments. Julien Antoine, currently Group Director of Global Operations is taking the new position of VP of EMEA while Will Smith, currently Group IT Director increases his scope to become Group CIO. Julien Antoine's new remit as VP of EMEA recognises the need for increased scale and support to the Group's largest operating region, enabling the structure to flex and adapt to the challenges of a fast changing billion euro business unit. The promotion of Will Smith as CIO, recognises the importance of the Group’s digital transformation and the significance of IT and data intelligence in this journey. These enhancements to Exclusive Group’s leadership team complement the recent high-profile appointments of Stéphane Duplaix as Director of Strategic Global Alliances, and David Ellis as Group Director of Global Services. The senior leadership team now benefits from a wealth of successful entrepreneurialism, diversity and know how in building a highly agile global business structure, designed to deliver local value. "Our long-term success has always been centred on the ability to anticipate and adapt to disruption without diluting any of our value, and these important new positions will safeguard these unique strengths as we scale to new levels", said Barrie Desmond, COO of Exclusive Group. "Julien and Will bring huge energy and talent to the team and are fully committed to our VAST mission. These moves also recognise that we need to transform ourselves as well as transforming technology consumption and distribution if we are to maintain our disruptive position." "We are the only major VAD to be headquartered in Europe, and EMEA will always remain an important part of our growing global operations", said Julien Antoine. "Our value-adding principles are absolutely central to our continuing market relevance and our future growth throughout the region. There are exciting opportunities ahead as we continue to expand our services capabilities as well as market presence for Exclusive Networks and BigTec." "The Group IT function has doubled in recent years, making us well-positioned at the forefront of digital disruption to ensure we are creating value internally, and for customers, partners and vendors", said Will Smith. "Customer requirements are constantly evolving and we must continually address these while remaining efficient and easy to work with. I firmly believe that if you are not disrupting then you risk being disrupted."

Tech Data completes acquisition of Avnet's Technology Solutions business
2017-04-20

American broadliner Tech Data has completed its acquisition of the Technology Solutions business from its competitor Avnet. The combination creates a premier global end-to-end IT distributor with unmatched capabilities and the most diverse solutions from the data center to the living room. "This is a momentous day in our company's history and we are excited to welcome our talented colleagues at Technology Solutions to the Tech Data family", said Bob Dutkowsky, chief executive officer of Tech Data. "Our combined company is perfectly positioned at the epicenter of the IT ecosystem—with the scale and scope to serve dynamic markets throughout the world—giving our customers access to an end-to-end portfolio of IT solutions and efficiently bringing our vendors' products to new customers in more markets. Our organizations' common cultures, shared values and commitment to providing a world-class customer experience will serve as the foundation for the new Tech Data. Together, we will be an even stronger company, capable of doing more for our channel partners than ever before. We remain confident that the acquisition of Technology Solutions creates a winning combination for our customers, vendors, and shareholders, as well as the employees of both organizations."

The addition of Technology Solutions significantly broadens Tech Data's value-added distribution business (aka Azlan), increasing the company's ability to help its partners capitalize on next-generation technologies while enhancing its go-to-market capabilities with complementary skills, expanded vendor relationships, and new customer sets. The combined company has a larger and more balanced geographic footprint, including a presence in the Asia-Pacific region, a new market for Tech Data. The company has operations in 40 countries, with 14,000 employees serving approximately 115,000 customers in more than 100 countries. The company also announced its global executive leadership, as well as several new regional and global roles. Reporting to CEO Bob Dutkowsky are:

  • Chuck Dannewitz, executive vice president, chief financial officer
  • Rich Hume, executive vice president, chief operating officer
  • Beth Simonetti, executive vice president, chief human resources officer
  • John Tonnison, executive vice president, chief information officer
  • David Vetter, executive vice president, chief legal officer
  • Reporting to COO Rich Hume are:
  • William Chu, president, Asia-Pacific
  • Jaideep Malhotra, president, Global Computing Components
  • Joe Quaglia, president, Americas
  • Patrick Zammit, president, Europe
  • Els Demeester, corporate vice president, Integration
  • Michael Urban, corporate vice president, Strategy, Transformation and Global Vendor Management

In Europe, Tech Data has also announced its European Executive Board, which will be led by Zammit:

  • Alain Amsellem – senior vice president and chief financial officer, Europe
  • Michael Dressen – senior vice president and regional managing director, Germany and Austria (a region where Barbara Koch, Managing Director TD Azlan Germany & Austria, becomes manager of both Azlan and Avnet TS local offices)
  • Jonas Elmgren – senior vice president and regional managing director, GEO (that is, other European countries where Tech Data operates: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey)
  • Andy Gass – senior vice president and regional managing director, United Kingdom and Ireland (a region where Rob Tomlin, Managing Director TD Azlan UK, becomes manager of both Azlan and Avnet TS local offices)
  • Pascal Murciano – senior vice president and regional managing director, France
  • Miriam Murphy – senior vice president and regional managing director, Benelux
  • Stephen Nolan – senior vice president, Broadline, Mobile and Services
  • Johan Vandenbussche – senior vice president, Operations
  • Graeme Watt – senior vice president, Value (includes the combined businesses of Azlan and Technology Solutions, specialist brands Datech and Maverick, along with Tech Data Cloud and Tech Data Smart for IoT)
  • Simon England – senior vice president, Next Generation Technology (includes cloud, big data – analytics and cognitive, IoT, security, education and services)
  • Carlos Arcusa – vice president, Human Resources
  • Michael Fischermanns – vice president, Information Technology
  • Hugo Graça – vice president, Global Computing Components EMEA
  • Roman Rudolf (former MD of Avnet TS in Germany) – vice president, Integration

Financial Terms

The total purchase price at close was approximately €2.35 billion (subject to certain post-close adjustments), including €2.17 billion in cash, and 2,785,402 shares of Tech Data stock, representing approximately 7.3% of Tech Data's shares outstanding (after issuance of the new shares). Tech Data financed the cash portion of the purchase price through a combination of €900 million from its recent public debt offering and €900 million of bank term loans, and the remainder from drawings under other credit facilities and cash on hand. The transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to Tech Data's non-GAAP earnings per share in the first full year. The company expects to achieve annual cost savings of approximately €90 million within 24 months, with one-time costs to achieve these cost savings expected to be approximately €135 million.

 

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