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ALSO Buys Bachmann Mobile Kommunikation

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ALSO Buys Bachmann Mobile Kommunikation

ALSO acquires a majority stake in Swiss after-sales specialist Bachmann Mobile Kommunikation, a deal the distributor hopes will increase turnover generated by services from 3 to 6% through "inorganic and inorganic growth."

The distie bought a 30% stake in Bachmann back in 2014, starting a "fruitful relationship" in after-sales services. ALSO describes Bachmann as the leading Swiss provider of repair and logistics services in CE and mobile communications after-sales market. Major customers the company serves include s Swisscom, Sunrise, Salt and Schweizerische Post

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Russia's Softline Heads for Expansion

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Russia's Softline Heads for Expansion

Moscow-based software licensor and service provider Softline secures $40 million in funding, Russian business daily Kommersant reports-- funding the company will use to acquire "over 20 companies" in emerging markets.

The investment comes from a pair of funds managed by Da Vinci Capital Management, who remarks "companies providing value added cloud and IT services have among the highest growth rates globally, which spurs investors’ appetite. We believe in Softline’s high growth potential and found particularly attractive this opportunity to invest in the perspective of an IPO.”

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EU Tightens Ecolabel PC Criteria

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EU Tightens Ecolabel PC Criteria

PC makers wanting to prove their green credentials will need to try harder, as the European Commission (EC) tightens the criteria of the EU Ecolabel covering the production, construction and life cycle of desktop, notebook and tablet computers.

First introduced in 1992, the Ecolabel is a voluntary certification scheme allowing businesses to prove their products or services have a low environmental impact. Following the updated criteria vendors will need to show the "energy efficiency and upgradability" of devices, as well as the ease said devices can be dismantled and recycled.

"The EU Ecolabel promotes Europe's transition to a circular economy, supporting both sustainable production and consumption," EC commissioner for the environment Karmenu Vella says. "Thanks to transparent ecological criteria, consumers can make conscious choices, without compromising on the quality of the products. Similarly, the Ecolabel rewards those manufacturers who choose to design products that are durable and repairable, promoting innovation and saving resources."

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Gerhard Schulz Leaves Ingram Micro

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Gerhard Schulz Leaves Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro announces European leader Gerhard Shulz is leaving the company for as yet unspecified reasons. No word is available on any potential replacements, either.

Schulz served at Ingram for over 15 years, and has been president of European Technology Solutions since 2013. Prior to his promotion he led the Ingram distribution business across DACHH, covering operations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary. He also served as managing director of Ingram's German business, as well as other senior sales posts in the country.

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Avnet Divides Attentions in 5 Business Units

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Avnet Divides Attentions in 5 Business Units

Avnet announces a "solutions specialist approach" to the channel-- by launching 5 global business units the distributor aims to providing providing partners with enhanced support.

The units employ 450 specialists in total, and cover datacentre, cloud, security and enterprise networking, data analytics, cognitive computing and IoT, and mobility. In addition EMEA gets Education Services, a 6th unit with a focus on flexible training solutions.

All units have a regional leadership team to align with local partner needs, whether one focuses on a single technology or solutions combining multiple technologies. In addition Avnet says it will provide more proprietary tools, services and solutions, such as the Cloud Marketplace and IoT collaborations.

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