MB rebrands as Tarsus Technology Group
The MB Technologies group has rebranded itself as the Tarsus Technology Group, leveraging the brand recognition enjoyed by the Tarsus distribution company. Significantly, the organisation also turns 30 this year, having recently completed a business strategy process that has resulted in a number of acquisitions and the overall growth of the group. "The group is evolving from product-centric to an organisation focused on supply chain optimisation, services and solutions, with the customer at the heart of everything and we needed to portray this in our brand look and feel as well as the structure," says Miles Crisp, CEO of the Tarsus Technology. The rebranding sees the adoption of Tarsus as the Group name with the subsidiaries now branded as broadliner Tarsus Distribution (Tarsus Technologies), Tarsus Channel Capital (Channel Capital), Tarsus Risk Management (Channel Risk Management), cloud VAD Tarsus Cloud on Demand (Cloud on Demand), Tarsus Mobility Solutions (Yeahpoint), security VAD Tarsus SecureData (SecureData), Tarsus Emerging Markets (in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa for all other sub-Saharan African countries, including Mauritius whose local office has been very recently closed), Tarsus Academy, print specialist Printacom and GAAP. "Established in 1985, Tarsus Technologies has a rich history in the IT distribution industry and three decades has seen a revolution within the group of companies," Crisp says. "We believe that our revitalised brand and strategy brings cohesion to all parts of the organisation, the channel, and ultimately our customers. The intention is to reinvigorate positive change within the channel and the industry by imbuing collaboration into our DNA." Most of the group companies are situated together under one roof in the Waterfall Commercial District and the focus is on integrated technology distribution and solutions which the IT channel environment is under pressure to deliver.
Fullerton resigns from MBT
South Africa: Glenn Fullerton has resigned as CEO of the MB Technologies group (owner of Advanced Channel Technologies, Platinum Micro, Printacom and Tarsus distributors). Earlier in 2013 Fullerton was involved in a serious cycling accident and has been through a period of recuperation over the past couple of months. Fullerton's recovery has, however, not been at the pace anticipated. He has therefore reconsidered his position, deciding to focus fully on his recovery and resign from his position as group CEO. Pieter Rorich, a former non-executive director of the group, has stepped in as acting CEO. The group will make an announcement regarding Fullerton's successor in due course.
Platinum Micro to distribute OKI
South Africa : broadliner Platinum Micro has started to distribute OKI Printing Solutions products in the country. With the appointment, it becomes the country's third hardware distributor, introducing competition to the market while also expanding the reach of OKI printers in line with an aggressive expansion strategy being executed by the vendor. According to Martin Venter, General Manager of Printacom, the vendor of OKI products in South Africa and SADEC, a third hardware distributor is considered essential to the growth of the brand. "To date, OKI has enjoyed substantial success as a niche brand. However, with high-performance, low-cost solutions to meet a broad spectrum of business and home printing needs, there is plenty of room for growth," he says.
Oki appoints DCC
South Africa : OKI Printing Solutions, through its local partner Printacom, has appointed Drive Control (DCC) as a new local distributor. This distribution deal has enabled the company to expand its current offering to resellers and bring dot matrix and line printers into its portfolio - a first for DCC (source : IT Online South Africa).
Ingram leaves Africa
South Africa : local distribution group MB Technologies, which owns several IT distributors including supply specialist Advanced Channel Technologies, storage and network VAD Channelware, peripheral specialist Printacom and broadliner Tarsus (also present in Namibia), is buying out the local unit of international giant Ingram Micro. The companies have had a distribution relationship for some time, but the deal will see Ingram Micro South Africa absorbed into MB Technologies. MB Technologies has approached the competition authorities for permission to buy out Ingram Micro SA, an indication that the deal is large enough to warrant approaching the authorities.
Ingram Micro SA is a joint venture between Ingram Micro Europe and MB Technologies. The venture was formed about three years ago, which marked Ingram Micro's entry into the country. If the acquisition is approved by local authorities, Ingram Micro SA will be rebranded as a MB Technologies subsidiary (Platinum Micro should be the selected name, pending board approval) and will continue to be an independent components-focused distributor within MB Technologies. The American broadliner does not exclude any comeback in South Africa, but this is currently not at top of its mind, as it is addressing some problems in Eastern Europe (country has not been mentioned, but ought to be Hungary, as it is its only subsidiary in the region) (source : IT Web South Africa).
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