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Exertis Acquires Kerèn

Gerry O’Keeffe, Exertis International managing director

Irish group DCC Technology, a leading route-to-market and supply chain partner for global technology brands across consumer, business and enterprise, has acquired Dutch AV VAD Kerèn for an undisclosed amount. Based in Almere in the Netherlands, the company achieved revenues of €16 million in its last financial year, employing 12 people.

Kerèn sells to Pro AV system integrators and resellers, providing pre- and post-sales project support with solutions from key vendors that include Philips, LG, Casio, BenQ, Canon, Panasonic, AOPEN, Neets, etc.

Gerry O’Keeffe, Exertis International managing director, said: “this is a strategic acquisition in the Netherlands of a respected Pro AV distributor that demonstrates our commitment to becoming the leading Pro AV/UC distributor, globally, both through key acquisitions and organic growth. We are building expertise and a compelling proposition that resonates with our vendors and our customers to take advantage of a growing market which requires a distributor that can provide a complete solution across AV, UC and networking.

Eric Bousquet, Exertis Western Europe managing director, added: “this acquisition represents a great opportunity for both companies’ customers adding the UC and collaboration offering from Exertis Go Connect to the Pro AV proposition from Kerèn. AV, UC and networking have collectively changed the dynamic in the workplace through their convergence and all three are key components of today’s modern office and remote working. Our resellers in the Netherlands will be able to offer a complete solution for both their enterprise and SME customers.

Marten van der Weerd, Kerèn CEO, said: “this is a great opportunity for the business and our employees to be part of a strong and growing company that is rapidly expanding its presence across the globe and its pedigree in the Pro Av and collaboration market. We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues at Exertis Go Connect and taking advantage of the benefits that scale can bring to an organisation.

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