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Norbain acquires networking products distributor Blue Helix

United Kingdom: Norbain Holding has acquired Blue Helix, a distributor of fibre and copper networking products, for an undisclosed amount. The move will further enhance the range and depth of offerings that Norbain already provides to customers through CMS PLC, Detection Supplies and Norbain SD. Colin Ryall, Managing Director of Blue Helix, comments: "We're delighted to become a part of Norbain Holdings. We share many core values with our new sister businesses, including our commitment to providing customers with a fantastic range of products, coupled with industry-leading service and in-depth technical knowledge. This is an extremely positive move for the company and we're excited by the opportunities this will offer ourselves, our suppliers and our customers." Nigel Palmer, CEO of Norbain Holdings' parent company, comments: "Blue Helix is a highly valued addition to the group. It can now offer customers the most comprehensive range of Fire Detection, IT Infrastructure, Security and Networking Products on the market."

CMS acquired by Norbain

United Kingdom: physical security specialist CMS has been acquired by its competitor Norbain for an undisclosed amount. CMS will continue to operate as a standalone business under the Norbain SD umbrella. All sales enquiries will be handled directly at the CMS head office, based in Farnborough, Hampshire. CMS now joins Norbain and Fire Detection Supplies (a fire solutions provider) to offer customers fire, connectivity and security products for a complete portfolio of solutions.

Fallen Norbain yanked from administration

United Kingdom : physical security distributor Norbain Group's UK business has been rescued from administration by Newbury Investments, securing the jobs of its 250 staff. The Reading-based CCTV and IP video specialist hit the buffers following a decline in orders. Its administrator KPMG is seeking buyers for Norbain's businesses in Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and South Africa but had no problem flogging the firm's UK assets, which generate most of its sales. KPMG joint administrator Will Wright said Norbain had been adversely affected by falling orders as customers put infrastructure investments on ice. The deal with Newbury Investments – which was conducted on 29 June, the same day Norbain went into administration – secured the ongoing trading of the company. All UK staff have transferred to the purchaser. Newbury Investments UK is a €370m giant with five trading subsidiaries: Deta Electrical Company, Decco, Stearn Electric Co, UK Cables and UK Electric. A representative for Norbain, whose vendor partnerships include Tyco, Samsung and Axis, said there would be no changes to how the firm is run (source : CRN UK).

Mayflex strengthens its Physical Security division

United Kingdom : cabling and networking specialist Mayflex has announced a further strengthening and restructuring of its Physical Security division’s sales team with the appointment of Gary Harmer into the role of Director of Sales. Gary joins Mayflex from Norbain, where over a 20 year period he led strategic and major account development teams and was involved in many major account and project wins. He will be responsible for developing the strategic direction of the division, and maximising the sales growth opportunities offered by the increasing adoption of IP based network video and physical security systems.

ex-Westcon boss Shakespeare pops up at Norbain

United Kingdom : IP video and CCTV distributor Norbain has appointed former Westcon EMEA executive vice president Barry Shakespeare as its new managing director to replace chief executive Alun John, who has been managing the firm pending the appointment. John will now concentrate on group strategy and further expansion in Norbain's existing and planned markets, the firm said. Shakespeare left Westcon in February 2009 after tendering his resignation in a boardroom shake-up (source : Microscope United Kingdom).

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Norbain Ltd

Norbain Ltd
210 Wharfedale Road
Winnersh Triangle
RG41 5TP Wokingham
United Kingdom
Phone : +44-1189125000
Fax : +44-1189440999
Website : http://www.norbain.com

Other offices
FY6 8JX Poulton-le-Fylde
Phone : +44-1253894488


General manager : Mr Jeremy Hockham
Sales director : Mr Chris Webster
Marketing director : Mrs Caroline Kitchin
Sales manager : Mr Shaun Lenehan
Sales manager : Mrs Jan Beetson
Sales manager : Mr Gary Rowden
Division director or manager : Mrs Amanda Gascoyne
Division director or manager : Mrs Camilla Kirkham
Division director or manager : Mr Gareth Williams


Creation year : 1992
Company registration number : 06248590
Annual turnover
2020 : 119,35 M€
2019 : 140,89 M€
2018 : 134,43 M€
2017 : 130,71 M€
2016 : 124,46 M€
Active resellers : 7000
Indirect turnover : 100%
National/regional/export split : 94/0/6
Specialist : Security
Main brands : Bosch, Dedicated Micros, JVC, Panasonic, Sony
Clients : Buying groups, cabling companies, dealers, IT consulting, system integrators and VARs, service providers, specialized and corporate resellers
Employees : 236 people


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