Mega-merge in EDM market
French EDM group Spigraph International has finalised the acquisition of 100% of the shares in its Swiss counterpart Dicom International for an undisclosed amount. Already leaders of technologies linked to document capture and processing in their respective markets, Dicom and Spigraph are uniting their know-how over more than 20 countries through more than 6,000 resellers : Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia and the United Kingdom. This merger gives rise to the biggest Value Added Distributor (VAD) on the document capture market in the EMEA zone (Europe, Middle East, Africa). With this new group, the biggest scanner manufacturers and software publishers on the capture market are sure of securing a particularly efficient shop window to durably develop the market. As the core of its ecosystem, the new VAD will ensure optimisation of their product ranges and the marketing and sales dynamics that only a leader can provide. Also, Dicom/Spigraph Group customers and partners will now have access to a wider range of professional products and services, and the expertise that goes with it, which is unique on the document capture market. The promotion of this portfolio relies on a stable organisation of over 400 people, and a turnover of €130 million. Further to this merger, Wayne Davey, previously CEO of Spigraph, becomes CEO of the group. Joachim Froning, previously CEO at Dicom, becomes Senior Vice President of Dicom/Spigraph Distribution. The group's head office will remain in Spigraph's headquarters in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France. No details of the reorganisation have yet been published regarding the countries where both companies are present: Belgium (20 km between Dicom and Spigraph), France (Dicom near Paris, Spigraph near Grenoble), Germany (80 km between Dicom and Spigraph), the Netherlands (50 km between Dicom and Spigraph), Sweden (Dicom near Göteborg, Spigraph near Stockholm), Switzerland (50 km between Dicom and Spigraph) and the United Kingdom (50 km between Dicom and Spigraph, both west of London). Until further notice, the Dicom brand ought to be kept.
Roland Apelt joins Fujitsu
Roland Apelt, who has been a longtime employee of EDM VAD Dicom, lately as Vice President Sales & Services, has left the distributor to join document scanner vendor Fujitsu PFU Imaging as CIS regional manager.
A change at the head of DICOM
Switzerland: EDM VAD DICOM has appointed Rudolf Gessinger as new chairman of the board. Rudolf brings with him a 15-year experience in EDM, and will work on developping the software offer of the distributor.
A new commercial director for Dicom
France: Didier Gourdon, who was commercial director for EDM VAD Dicom, has left the company and been replaced by Koen Beeuwsaert. Koen is also sales director for the Belgian office of Dicom.
BlueStar EMEA Distribution appoints Keith Robinson as VP Sales
DC/POS specialist BlueStar has appointed Keith Robinson to the position of Vice President of Sales for the BlueStar Central and Nordic region, which includes Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Robinson will be responsible for the sales strategies and organisation in this region that has seen tremendous recent growth for BlueStar. He has substantial experience in the AIDC and POS industries, having worked for almost seven years for multispecialist Avnet Technology Solutions, one year for Scansource and several years for vendors like Symbol or Smart Technologies.