Ingram buys Computacenter unit


Ingram Micro has acquired servers and storage wholesaler Computacenter Distribution (CCD) in the UK.

As part of the deal, 40 CCD employees will join Ingram Micro’s UK operations. CCD general manager Jon Bunyard will report to newly appointed Ingram Micro UK managing director Matt Sanderson.

Ingram Micro chief executive Greg Spierkel said: “We’ve been building an infrastructure solutions practice for two years and in multiple countries, primarily through a Greenfield approach.

“This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to developing this capability in Europe. CCD is the leading distributor of mid-tier enterprise products in the important UK market, with a respected 22-year history and long-standing relationships with its customers.

“Through this acquisition, we have a platform for expansion into new vendor lines and customer segments, along with a thriving services business.

“This is an exciting step in the further development of our company, providing an opportunity to share new capabilities with our operations in EMEA.”

Ingram Micro president of EMEA Alain Maquet said: “The acquisition positions us as a significant ‘value-added’ distributor, with the expertise to serve a broad range of customers and vendors in multiple segments.

“In addition to its distribution of server and storage products, CCD also offers several software lines that are critical to the needs of enterprise customers.

“It is very well known in the marketplace for its pre- and post-sale technical consulting and also sells HP contractual services. It is a strong complement to our business in the UK, and we welcome the talented CCD management team and employees to the Ingram Micro family.”

CCD’s Bunyard added: “We’re looking forward to joining the Ingram Micro team. Ingram Micro’s significant financial strength and market reach provide us with expansion opportunities that were previously unattainable. I’m confident that our customers and vendors will soon benefit from an expanded portfolio of products and services from the combined company.”

CCD received revenues of around £46.5 million in the six months ended June 30, 2009. The deal is expected to be completed in early November.
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