Wortmann acquires b.com assets
Germany: after only seven days of insolvency, some of bankrupt b.com assets have been acquired by its competitor Wortmann for an undisclosed amount. The new B.com will operate as an independant company within the Wortmann group, as a new company named b.com Computer GmbH. It will continue to be managed by Torsten Belverato and Patrick Köhler, its current managers. About 40 b.com employees (out of 115) will leave the distributor (mainly in RMA, technical support, accountancy, Marketing and online sales services), which will keep its premises in Brauschweig, Gießen. A move is planned in Köln, to fit with the lower number of employees. The future of the b.com foreign offices (in Austria, the Netherlands and Spain) is yet unknown. The acquisition should help Wortmann reach rapidly €1bn turnover. The distributor plans to strongly streamline the portfolio of b.com, and targets a turnover of €100m for 2013. That is significantly less than the last results of independant b.com, which amounted to €260m.
Wortmann distributes some Samsung
Germany: broadliner Wortmann has started the distribution of Samsung tablets and notebooks through its reseller network.
Wortmann appoints a new commercial director
Germany: following the recent death of its longstanding employee Dieter Biermann, broadliner and PC vendor Wortmann has promoted Andreas Bökemeyer as its new commercial director.
Wortmann builds up its datacenter
German broadliner and PC vendor Wortmann has started to build up its own, 2000sqm datacenter. Dubbed "Terra Partner Cloud", this datacenter will include up to 2400 1U servers, which will be used by Wortmann resellers through hosting, SaaS or IaaS services the distributor plans to launch by next summer. "Terra Partner Cloud" should be available throughout the EMEA region, through Wortmann offices in Austria, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.
Wortmann opens new training centres
Germany: broadliner and PC vendor Wortmann has decided to open new training centres, in Darmstadt (Hesse) and Leipzig (Sachsen). The goal is to reduce the distance for its resellers to reach any training premises.