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XYZprinting tops 2016 consumer 3D printer shipments

Worldwide shipments of 3D printers rose 25% year-on-year in the first three quarters of 2016 to hit 217,000 units, according to IT market research company CONTEXT. In total, 96% of units shipped were personal and desktop 3D printers, carrying an average price of just under US$1,000. This represents a 27% year-on-year growth for personal and desktop 3D printers. Taiwan’s XYZprinting remained the global leader in personal and desktop 3D printers, seeing its share grow to 22% for the first three quarters of 2016. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 January 2017

TechAccess names top partners of 2016

Middle East VAD TechAccess has announced the winners of its partner loyalty programme for 2016. TechAccess’ partner loyalty rewards programme recognises the outstanding achievements of partners drawn from the distributor’s network across the region. The winning gold partners were Fujitsu in GCC, plus Specialised Database Technologies (PALCO) and Specialised Technical Services in Levant and North Africa. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 January 2017

Ingram Micro adds FireEye rights in MEA

Distributor Ingram Micro has signed a distribution deal with FireEye, a provider of cybersecurity and malware protection solutions. With this agreement, Ingram Micro is authorised to distribute all FireEye products and solutions in Gulf countries, plus Egypt, Libya, Lebanon and Jordan. The deal also covers Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and South Africa. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 29 December 2016

Wall joins CMS Distribution board

CMS Distribution has appointed Niall Wall as non-executive director. Wall brings a wealth of leadership experience from various CEO positions held at Ardagh Group, Sterile Waste Group and Tipperary Crystal. He recently retired from his position as Group Chief Executive at Ardagh, one of Ireland’s largest companies, operating in 26 countries with €8 billion (US$8.36 billion) revenue. Wall remains a major shareholder at Ardagh Group and will join as non-executive director at CMS Distribution’s parent company, Storit Limited. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 21 December 2016

Ingram Micro partners with Nexthink in META

Distribution giant Ingram Micro has partnered with IT analytics solution provider Nexthink. Ingram Micro has been confirmed as a Nexthink VAD for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region. It is hoped that the partnership will help the distributor tap into the growing IT operations analytics market, which is expected to reach US$9.79 billion per annum by 2020. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 12 December 2016

EMEA distributors identify gaming as a top consumer tech channel growth opportunity for 2017

Gaming products and gaming accessories show strong potential for growth in 2017, according to consumer tech distributors operating in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Early analysis of DISTREE EMEA’s regional consumer tech distributor survey indicates that 42% of distributors view gaming as a top three category in terms of growth potential in 2017. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 9 December 2016

HMD Global is new home of Nokia phones

Nokia has confirmed that the strategic agreement covering branding rights and intellectual property licensing with HMD Global Oy (HMD), originally announced on May 18, 2016 has come into force. HMD has today announced the completion of transactions between HMD, FIH Mobile Limited (a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industries trading as Foxconn Technology Group) and Microsoft, which means that HMD can begin operations as the new home of Nokia phones, under an exclusive global brand licence for the next ten years, excluding Japan. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 8 December 2016

Vuzion and Union Solutions announce partnership

Vuzion, the cloud aggregator, and Union Solutions, a specialist in data protection, data storage and data management, today announced a partnership to bring Union’s managed services solutions to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). A recent IDC study revealed that cloud adoption and digital transformation by SMBs is growing, with 56% of UK SMBs using some form of cloud-based service . To support this growth, Vuzion and Union Solutions have partnered to deliver infrastructure management, data protection and site disaster recovery using the Microsoft Azure public cloud. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 7 December 2016

BeyondTrust and Westcon-Comstor expand deal

Security vendor BeyondTrust has joined VAD Westcon-Comstor’s Accelerate programme. With the agreement, BeyondTrust expands it distribution footprint globally. The move underscores growing demand for security solutions that guard against insider threats and data breaches for businesses of all sizes. End-user demand for better security visibility, control and protection have reached new heights, in part because the number of data breaches so far in 2016 has increased nearly 20% compared to last year, according to the Identity Theft Resource Centre. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 6 December 2016

CMS Distribution takes majority stake in Newgen

UK-based CMS Distribution has built on its partnership with Scandinavian distributor Newgen Distribution by acquiring a majority stake in the business. Newgen’s founder shareholders Axel Diurson and Max Ellberg will stay on with the business as joint managing directors, and retain the remaining share capital. CMS Distribution acquired a minority stake in Newgen as part of its acquisition of fellow distributor Widget earlier this year. That stake has now been increased to over 50%, making Newgen a subsidiary of CMS Distribution. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 6 December 2016

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