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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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ALSO Continues Growing in H1 2016

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ALSO Continues Growing in H1 2016

The ALSO Group announces net profits for H1 2016 total €27.8 million, a Y-o-Y incresae of 14%, while net sales are up by "roughly" 3% Y-o-Y to reach €3771m. EBT is up by 12% to €40.3m.

"We are very pleased with our performance in the first six month of 2016," ALSO CEO Gustavo Möller-Hergt says. "We have again been able to increase profit significantly stronger than net sales, although we decisively invested in our business. We have developed our business in Poland and the Benelux and we will keep on expanding our activities."

The distributor points out somewhat softer sales in C. Europe (2% Y-o-Y growth), even if EBT margin is stronger compared to 2015 (1.5%), the result of profit stabilisation efforts in Switzerland and France as well as "above average" German results. Meanwhile the N./E. Europe segment sees sales grow by 11%, even if profits are down due to initial investments in Poland, Benelux and Finland.

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IDC: Notebooks Boost EMEA PC Q2 2016 Shipments

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IDC: Notebooks Boost EMEA PC Q2 2016 Shipments

EMEA PC shipments perform "above expectations" in Q2 2016 according to IDC, reaching 16 million units-- a -4.7% decrease, with W. European shipments stabilising at -0.8% Y-o-Y.

On the other hand CEE and MEA shipments remain "constrained" at -8.5% and -13.3% Y-o-Y respectively.

Helping improve EMEA PC shipments are notebooks, with declines stabilising at -1.7% Y-o-Y, the first Y-o-Y comparison not impacted by Bing shipments. Notebooks actually drive W. European shipments with 4.1% growth, the result of demand from the commercial segment bringing about EMEA commercial notebook growth of 3.7%.

However consumer markets remain on the decline due to a difficult market created by the now familiar combination of volatile exchange rates, oil price fluctuations, macroeconomic and political developments.

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