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Signo acquired by Toro Media

Netherlands: storage specialist Signo Distribution has been acquired by its competitor Toro Media. Jan-Hein Streppel, the former owner of Signo, told ITdistri that the name Signo would disappear, Toro Media planning to trade under its own name. Belgian subsidiary has been closed, while the German and Polish offices might be sold to other parties, although Jan-Hein can give no details yet (which may very well mean both companies would close). Signo Distribution managers have decived to step out the IT/CE scene and will focus on real estate and public storage, their existing other business since 2006.

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Westcon Group taps Cisco veteran to drive Comstor business

Network, security and telecom VAD Westcon Group has appointed Cisco veteran Andreas Dohmen as Executive Vice President for EMEA for its Comstor business unit. The move further entrenches Comstor as the market’s premier global distributor of Cisco technology, services and solutions. With more than 10 years of his career dedicated to Cisco-focused international channel sales and business operations, Dohmen served as both the company’s Vice President of Worldwide Business Operations and Vice President of Commercial Business in Europe. He also brings to Comstor a broad range of international management experience – leading operational and strategic sales, marketing and business development, business segmentation planning, and development and restructuring of organizations.

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More Parrot for Komsa

Germany: telephony specialist Komsa has extended its Parrot offer with the wireless headsets from the French vendor.

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D2B stores on QNAP

France: storage and security VAD D2B has added QNAP NAS systems to its offer.

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A new director for EET

Denmark: Tinna Pichard has left this summer broadliner EET Europarts and the IT distribution business, to enter the toy market. She is replaced by Mikael Thulin, who joined EET through the acquisition of its company Novendo.

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Computer 2000 unveils a configuration tool for Apple Mac

United Kingdom: broadliner Computer 2000 has become the first local distributor to launch an online Configuration tool for the complete range of Apple Macs. The update to Computer 2000’s InTouch website makes it quick and easy for resellers to give their customers the Apple Mac they want. Resellers can now place orders online for Apple Macs configured to their exact customer requirement. The Computer 2000 Configuration tool can be used across the entire Mac line up including MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro. Resellers can select the specific model and processor, memory, screen, HDD and other available options. The new Configuration tool is available through the Apple-dedicated EDEN area of Computer 2000’s InTouch website.

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Advantech in the Sahara

Netherlands: AV specialist Sahara has added Advantech interactive audiovisual products to its portfolio.

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Merlion and Alcatel-Lucent sign a distribution agreement

Russia: broadliner Merlion and Alcatel-Lucent have signed a distribution agreement which gives Merlion the status of « Authorised Distributor Alcatel-Lucent« , on Russian territory for all Alcatel-Lucent products (including routers, switches, wireless solutions, hardware and software security solutions, unified communication systems, etc.).

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Fortinet appoints Oxygen as distributor

Saudi Arabia: high-performance network security vendor Fortinet has signed a partnership agreement with network VAD Oxygen for the distribution of its entire suite of security solutions in the KSA. This appointment augments Fortinet’s existing distributorship with SecureWay in the country. Oxygen, with its extensive channel network and experience in the enterprise wireless security space, will help foster Fortinet’s penetration into KSA-based businesses. Oxygen will be distributing Fortinet’s end-to-end IT security solutions, including the flagship FortiGate family of integrated network security appliances, as well as FortiWeb (web application firewall), FortiAP (thin wireless access point), FortiMail (secure messaging), etc. Fortinet chose Oxygen over other distributors for their strong presence in major KSA cities, such as Khobar, Riyadh and Jeddah, and to their value-added offering. Also, Oxygen will be strongly committed to the Fortinet brand, investing in the creation of a dedicated team to carry Fortinet’s portfolio into the market.

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A single shareholder for Network One

Romania: Iulian Stanciu has become a sole shareholder of broadliner Network One Distribution. A few months after the same move on retailer Flanco. The transaction will be effective after the approval of the Competition Council. Iulian has acquired the 50% of the shares controlled by Sebastian Ghita.

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Recent additions

Our directory is updated daily through information sent by vendors and distributors. Here are the latest updates :
Exertis Corepixel AB -  Sweden - Specialist
3D Storm -  France - VAD
AMI Marketing (Pty) Ltd t/a Learning Curve -  South Africa - Specialist
AQM World FZCO -  United Arab Emirates - Specialist
Rare Distribution -  United Arab Emirates - Specialist
Aitek France -  France - Broadliner
Ebertlang Swiss AG -  Switzerland - Specialist
ITANCIA USA Inc. -  United States - Specialist
360Mobile SL -  Spain - Specialist
Smartycom GmbH -  Switzerland - Specialist

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