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).
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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.
Network and telecom VAD FVC has expanded its unified collaboration and convergence portfolio with a distribution agreement over the Sagemcom secure document exchange solution XMedius. The agreement covers XMediusFAXsolution across Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates as well as English speaking Africa through its offices in Kenya and Nigeria. K. S. Parag, Managing Director at FVC, said, "we are very pleased to complement our existing UC (Unified Communications) solutions with the addition of an IP-based fax solution. For compliance reasons, fax is still the only legal communication medium for certain key vertical sectors and Sagemcom is one of the worldwide top players in the Enterprise fax solutions space." FVC will leverage its existing partnerships with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Unify and Microsoft Lync, by offering XMediusFAX solutions as an add-on to Voice/UC solutions. The company is also looking for new partners in key vertical sectors such as healthcare, government, finance, education and legal to offer XMediusFAX as a stand-alone solution. FVC has dedicated voice specialists across Upper & Lower Gulf, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Africa to provide its partners with expert consultation for the entire sales cycle.