Hilversum & London, October 1st, 2013 – NEC Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, and the Getronics family today announce the forming of a long-term strategic partnership in Enterprise Communications in Europe and the transfer of NEC Enterprise Solutions’ direct sales and service businesses in four European countries to the Getronics family.
This includes the transfer of NEC Enterprise Solutions’ business in the UK to Getronics and in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland to Connectis, a member of the Getronics family. The transfer of the businesses has been completed and both parties agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.
Furthermore, NEC and Getronics/Connectis have signed a long-term business partnership agreement for the distribution and supply of NEC’s portfolio of Enterprise Communications products and solutions in the four countries.
This partnership brings a very strong Pan-EMEA system integration channel to NEC Enterprise Solutions, enabling growth and market penetration of its solutions such as Unified Communications & Collaboration and Mobility. At the same time, NEC Enterprise Solutions’ expertise and customer base in the four countries allows Getronics and Connectis to further expand businesses by addressing broader market opportunities with enhanced portfolio of Enterprise Communications solutions and service.
Customers of both organisations will continue to be offered the highest standards of services and quality. The Getronics family will continue to consistently pursue its proven international IT challenger strategy in the future, successfully combining local strengths with international reach.
The reshaping of activities in the four countries is in line with NEC Enterprise Solutions’ strategy towards growth by taking full advantage of indirect distribution to address the opportunities offered in the market for IT & Communications products and services. Enhancing and strengthening its indirect distribution model enables NEC to address a larger number of customers with its expanding portfolio of systems and applications.
“The interest in and commitment to our portfolio of products and solutions from such a leading solution provider is a clear recognition of our leadership in enterprise networking solutions for the converged world”, said Paul Kievit, Vice President, Enterprise Vertical, NEC Europe. “We will continue to develop and deliver new systems and applications to fully conform to market developments and customers’ requirements, in support of further growth of our business in this region. Our channel-centric approach allows us to focus on the development of new systems and applications, enabling us to offer a wide range of cutting-edge solutions.”
Mark Cook, Managing Director of the Group Board of Getronics said “Enterprise customers are increasingly looking to work with solution providers that offer a bespoke, ‘best of class’ product portfolio. They want cutting edge solutions without having to invest time and resource into assessing vendors themselves. The Getronics family consistently invests in developing its portfolio, incorporating the best solutions on the market to meet the needs of these customers. Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to offering leading solutions to clients as demand for Enterprise Communications continues to grow.”
“We’re pursuing our policy of systematic growth in the IT segment,” comments Matthias Täubl, Managing Director of the Group Board of Getronics and responsible for the deal at AURELIUS. “Concentrating on regional markets is yielding a healthy platform for future growth. Further purchases are planned.”
About NEC Europe Ltd.
NEC Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a leader in the integration of IT network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. NEC Europe is building upon its heritage and reputation for innovation and quality by providing its expertise, solutions and services to a broad range of customers, from telecom operators to enterprises and the public sector. For additional information, please visit the NEC Europe home page at: http://www.nec.com/emea
About NEC Enterprise Solutions
NEC Enterprise Solutions provides IT & Communication solutions to small, medium and large enterprises in both the private and public sectors. Designed for open connectivity, high availability and flexible growth, our innovative solutions incorporate the latest voice, data and video technologies and enable real-time, collaborative working, increased productivity and customer satisfaction. Our servers, storage solutions, software and virtualised workstations enable businesses to maximise operational efficiency, performance and profitability.
NEC Enterprise Solutions serves its customers across EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) through a network of direct sales organizations, business partners and value-added resellers. For more information, please visit: http://www.nec-enterprise.com.
About the Getronics Family
The Getronics family is an ICT Services group consisting of the Getronics and Connectis brands and is owned by the AURELIUS Group, a holding company headquartered in Munich, Germany. With an extensive history that extends over 125 years, the Getronics family has approximately 4,000 employees in 13 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific & Latin America, and has a complete portfolio of integrated ICT services for the large enterprise and public sector markets. This includes Workspace, Applications, Unified Communications, Data Centre, Cloud, Consulting, Partner Technology, Managed Services and Security.
Getronics is the lead in the Getronics Workspace Alliance, a unique model that provides customers with a consistent IT service throughout the world, with one single point of contact and billing entity. According to independent research by Ovum in September 2012, the alliance collectively manages 7.4M client end-user devices, positioning it within the top 3 players in the world.
AURELIUS has been successfully operating in the international market for company acquisitions for many years. The focus is on companies and corporate spin-offs in markets with plenty of potential for development. Once under the AURELIUS umbrella, the acquisitions are given a long-term strategic orientation and their potential developed. Building on active operational support, the subsidiaries benefit from the management experience and financial strength of the parent company. This is what makes AURELIUS a “good home” for companies and their employees.
At present, the AURELIUS Group encompasses 18 subsidiaries around the globe with facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States. Among others, these include traditional names like Blaupunkt and Berentzen together with numerous industrial enterprises. Companies are acquired in accordance with strict investment criteria, although there is no specific industry focus. Shares of AURELIUS AG are listed in the m:access segment of the Munich Stock Exchange and are traded on all German stock exchanges under ISIN DE000A0JK2A8. To find out more, visit www.aureliusinvest.de.