Avnet eyes return to European M&A scene
After taking a break to "digest" its latest acquisitions, American multispecialist Avnet could be set to get back on the M&A trail in Europe next year, with converged systems, security, and licensing renewals earmarked as key target areas. The firm has not made any buyouts in Europe for a year, since the acquisition of German embedded electronics specialist MSC. A voluntary hiatus as the distributor seemingly needed time to digest Magirus, the last major acquisition in the past seven or eight years. Now that is its ready to enter the M&A arena, Avnet may look to turn its focus towards different areas. The future deals are geared towards new competencies and higher-value market areas, such as onverged systems, security (on a pan-European basis, especially around Cisco and RSA), license renewals and services (source : Channelnomics EU).
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 sup- port 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.
Apacabar distributes BitDefender
Algeria: French software editor and distributor Profil Technology has inked a deal with software and peripheral specialist Apacabar, to distribute locally BitDefender antivirus and security solutions.
A new Competence Center for Avnet
Infrastructure VAD Avnet Technology Solutions has opened its new Information Management / Business Analytics Competence Center in Leinfelden near Stuttgart. The centre will act as an EMEA hub for delivering information management and BA services and solutions across the region through a single, dedicated team with complete sales expertise, pre-sales support, business development and consulting services. These will be further backed up by Avnet's local expertise in the field to provide comprehensive support in this highly complex and technical marketplace. This Competence Center is the second in the region, after a first dedicated to security and networking solutions, which opened in June in the Netherlands.
CeBIT 2015 to open its doors in March
The CeBIT, the world’s leading trade fair for IT and digital economy, will take place from March 16th to 20th 2015. With 3,400 exhibitors and 210,000 visitors, the CeBIT is definitely the biggest trade fair of the sector.
"d!conomy, the digital economy" will be the lead theme of the next edition of this event, which main themes are to be: Mobile, Social, Big Data, Cloud and Security. During this major IT exhibition, visitors will also discover the Chinese last innovations, as China will be partner country of the CeBIT 2015. Moreover, start-ups will be put forward through a dedicated hall named SCALE 11 as well as through the CODE_n contest, which will reward young companies in the sector Internet of Things. Finally, the hall 12 and the area "IT enables" will highlight the Industry 4.0 through the Internet of Things. Innovations, conferences, forums, networking, and various activities await you at the CeBIT!
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