Security VAD StarLink has recently announced its on-the-ground presence and team expansion plans for the second half of 2015. StarLink's Vision is to take its success story globally. The 2015 Mission includes launching new StarLink territories: Europe, as well as, North, East and West Africa, with initial Sales and Technical Management resources being deployed locally. Headcount in existing territories will also be enhanced with hiring activities taking place in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, Turkey and the US. "We are excited to be able to continue working towards achieving our long-term strategic objectives by opening up new markets to replicate our business model, and to fill the multiple openings that have arisen over the course of the year due to being on target with our revenue goals" said, Nidal Othman, Managing Director at StarLink. He continued, "We have 225 resources at the moment, and very shortly we will be launching a recruitment campaign to hire for Sales, Pre-Sales, Product Management, Channel Management, Professional Services and Technical Support positions, expecting a total of 35 new hires by year-end." (source: Reseller Middle East).
eParts repairs Ricoh
French sparepart specialist eParts has inked an official partnership with Ricoh, to distribute its spareparts throughout the EMEA region.
ALSO Logistics goes bankrupt
Germany: ALSO Logistics, a subsidiary of broadliner ALSO which was built last year on the acquisition of Weltbild publishing group to provide logistic services, has closed its doors. The reason of this fast bankruptcy is the inability for the company to face the competition, with high costs impossible to review without a heavy restructuration.
Global shipments of Personal/Desktop 3D Printers, priced under €4,500, rose by 24% in Q1 2015, resulting in a 114% year-on-year increase as more brands enter the market, global channels expand and successfully crowd funded efforts ship, according to data soon to be published by CONTEXT, the IT market analysis company. "The nascent area of desktop 3D printing continues its upward momentum and continues to see entrants across a wide spectrum of industries, with offerings from legacy additive manufacturing stalwarts, to industry start-ups, to mature IT, Manufacturing and Tool companies all entering the space" says Chris Connery, VP of Global Analysis and Research at CONTEXT. "As many of these companies begin to outgrow their stat-up efforts, expanding their distribution networks around the globe is a necessary next step toward expanding market presence." The North American market continued to lead, with 63% of all global shipments for Desktop 3D Printers going into this region during the quarter, and Western Europe was next at 20%. The top five global vendors (and brands) in the period were XYZPrinting (Da Vinci), 3D Systems (Cube/Cubify), M3D (Micro), Stratasys (MakerBot) and Ultimaker. While market leaders XYZPrinting, 3D Systems and Ultimaker all showed good year-on-year gains, the MakerBot brand from Stratasys struggled. Global shipments in the period were bolstered, however by shipments from M3D on the back of their very successful Kickstarter campaign. This closed in 2014 and netted over €2.5M against 10,800 pre-orders for their 3D printer dubbed "The Micro" offered during the campaign for €225 or less. In the industrial/professional sector, market leaders Stratasys and 3D Systems both posted weaker than expected financial results in Q1 2015. On a unit-volume shipment basis, 3D Systems saw a year-on-year increase, but this was largely due to a low-priced machine, which straddles the line between professional, prosumer and desktop systems and yet is classified as a professional-grade printer by 3D Systems. However Stratasys saw its sequential and yearly unit-volume shipments fall.
More Tech Data for Trackimo
A few months after an initial signature in France which was seemingly successful, broadliner Tech Data has extended its distribution partnership with French personal tracking system vendor Trackimo to whole Europe. The deal gives Tech Data Mobile Solutions' resellers across its entire European footprint access to Trackimo's innovative range of personal tracking devices. Trackimo offers global, cross-border location tracking capability using a combination of GPS and mobile technology. The Trackimo GPS tracker, which is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, includes a SIM card with global service so that end users do not need contracts and no additional costs for roaming are applicable. Trackimo devices can be followed via web or mobile app anywhere that GSM (2G) cellular reception exists worldwide. The Trackimo GPS tracker retails at €99 with one year of global service included. Beside France, Trackimo trackers are available through Tech Data Mobile Solutions offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.