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Tech Data snaps up Autodesk VAD assets

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 12 September 2011

Distribution giant Tech Data has struck a deal to acquire certain assets relating to the VAD business of Man and Machine in Europe. Man and Machine operates as a VAD in the design software market in Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, the Benelux, Poland and Romania. The deal, which is expected to close by the end of October, will strengthen the position of TDDatech, Tech Data’s design software division.

The deal is subject to certain conditions being met and merger approval from the European Commission.Tech Data claims that the deal will strengthen TDData’s position as Autodesk’s leading VAD in Europe, establishes a presence in Benelux and Romania, and extends its product portfolio to include the Autodesk software for the manufacturing industry in Italy, France, UK and Poland. In addition, a number of highly skilled and qualified professionals will join TDDatech’s team across Europe.

“This agreement is further evidence of Tech Data’s strategy to grow its specialist divisions by making selective acquisitions in technology areas and geographies where we can continue to grow profitably for our shareholders and enhance the service and support to our customers.” said Nestor Cano, president at Tech Data Europe. Following the deal, Man and Machine plans to transform itself into into a VAR leveraging its knowledge and expertise in the market.

Adi Drotleff, CEO at Man and Machine, said: “We are happy to pass our Autodesk VAD business to TDDatech after more than 25 successful years in this business, knowing that it will be in good hands. For the Man and Machine group, this marks the second and final step from distribution to value added reselling, which we started three years ago in the German speaking countries and are now rolling out across Europe.”

Steve Blum, senior VP of worldwide sales and services at Autodesk, said: “Autodesk and Tech Data have enjoyed a valuable partnership for many years. We congratulate Tech Data on expanding their operations and look forward to continuing to work closely with them to provide our partners and customers with leading 3D design and engineering solutions.”

Mike Appel, director at TDDatech Europe, added: “We are very excited about this agreement. It fully supports our strategy to expand and enhance our service and specialised added value to the Autodesk VAR channel. We are committed to make this a great success for our VAR customers, Autodesk and for TDDatech.”


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