Kern & Stelly Takes over UC BU of eLink Distribution
German AV distributor Kern & Stelly has taken over the Unified Communications division of its colleague eLink Distribution. The division will be completely transferred to Kern & Stelly Medientechnik.
Together with 29 eLink employees and approx. 20 manufacturers, Kern & Stelly is thus further expanding its competence in the UC and UC&C sector. The founders and board members of eLink, Roman Klinke and Daniel Ebeling, will head the UC business unit at Kern & Stelly. eLink Distribution will remain in existence and continue the Mobility segment under the leadership of Christian Hauenschild. Hamburg-based eLink Distribution is an established value-added distributor for audio-visual communication and network solutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In addition, it acts as a distributor as well as a master agent for Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Both distribution models will also be taken over by Kern & Stelly, so that customers and interested parties, regardless of their size, will be offered uncomplicated access to the entire Zoom portfolio, including Zoom Phone. Manufacturers managed by eLink such as Poly, Lifesize, DTEN and Yealink will also continue their cooperation with Kern & Stelly through distribution agreements.
Lutz Kern, Managing Director of Kern & Stelly Medientechnik, said: "with the acquisition of the UC business of eLink Distribution AG, we are investing further in a rapidly growing market and expanding our AV expertise to include unified communications. Thanks to the well-known manufacturers, we can develop a comprehensive and exciting range of services in the UC sector for both new and existing customers. The eLink range ideally complements our portfolio, enabling us to offer holistic solutions for conference, meeting and training rooms. The eLink staff are experts in their field and ensure individual advice and personal support for all aspects of video conferencing solutions. I am very pleased to welcome the new colleagues to the Kern & Stelly team."
Roman Klinke, CEO of eLink Distribution AG, added: "in our view, Kern & Stelly is one of the most competent players in the DACH AV market. The integration of our UC team into Kern & Stelly and thus into the globally active Midwich Group helps us to exploit the full market potential for our UC vendor partners. Lutz Kern and Andreas Stelly also share our values in dealing with employees and customers. We value this very much and it ensures continuity in the cooperation with our long-standing partners."