Spigraph boosts equity with investment from Tessi Group
France: EDM VAD Spigraph Group had unveiled a capital investment by Tessi Group, which will join Spigraph's investment partners as a minority shareholder. ISATIS Capital, Spigraph Group's financial shareholder since March 2011 and specialist in the accompaniment of innovative growth SMEs, has historically supported the company’s vigorous expansion. This year, Spigraph achieved a major step in the development of an international group with the integration of DICOM in early 2014. The injection of capital from Tessi Group, a French specialist in flow processing (€239 million turnover) will allow Spigraph Group to continue its aggressive commercial drive in a market demanding greater added value from its partners. Spigraph welcomes the investment from Tessi, which brings a new balance to its shareholding, the main block of which is still held by Daniel Chautard, Chairman of Spigraph Group, and his management team. As a complement to Isatis, Tessi will bring numerous synergies linked to the document solutions market. Spigraph's objective over the coming years is to consolidate the very strong growth of recent times (turnover has increased 6-fold in just 4 years) and support development in high-potential and high-value markets. The group will continue to create value across its ecosystem by capitalising on its very strong industry relationships.
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.
DICOM and InoTec commence international distribution partnership
EDM VAD DICOM has started to market the complete range of InoTec production scanners in the EMEA region. Apart from hardware, DICOM also provides a broad spectrum of service offerings. Resellers can rely on a technical support based on technician training provided by InoTec. The first joint presentation has been done on French trade exhibition for document and information management "Documation", which was held in Paris on March 21st and 22nd. At the centre of the presentation was be the new SCAMAX 4x3 series of document scanners. InoTec products and services are available through DICOM offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the newly created office in South Africa.