Italy: French-based, pan-European network and security VAD Exclusive Networks Group has acquired its Italian competitor Sidin to transform its capabilities in the local market and extend the international and strategic value of vendor relationships such as A10 Networks and Fortinet. Combining its strength with the existing Exclusive Networks Italy business, Sidin will create a new force in the Italian security distribution market with sufficient critical mass to form a more balanced proportion of future Group revenues which are targeted to hit €1b by 2017. The acquisition means Fortinet solutions are now distributed by Exclusive Networks businesses in 12 territories from Africa to the Middle East and Australia/New Zealand and throughout all major western European economies. The Sidin acquisition also sees Sidin's General Manager Gian Silvio Galvani take up the position of Joint Country Manager of Exclusive Networks Italy alongside Edoardo Albizzati, who has successfully driven the Group's local presence since its inception in 2008. Sidin's Turin based offices and warehousing facilities complement Exclusive Networks' existing presence in Milan.