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ALSO buys DistriWan

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 28 June 2018

Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO
Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO

Distribution giant ALSO is buying DistriWan, a French specialist WiFi networking and security distributor headquartered near Lyon. The price has not been disclosed and the deal is expected to close in the coming weeks.

Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO, said: “In early 2017, we began to strategically develop our expertise and product range to capitalise on the surging growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) with the purchase of two VADs of security and network products, Smartsec in Finland and BeIP in France. Our acquisition of DistriWan is the next critical step on this path. In this way, we will further enhance our offering with the technologies that serve as the basis for IoT.”

DistriWan operates as a VAD that mainly serves larger corporate clients and resellers with a range of networking solutions, often based on Cisco products, as well as a growing security portfolio consisting of several other brands including Ekahau and Ucopia.

Founded in 2002, DistriWan employs about 30 people. Its turnover in 2017 amounted to roughly €24m (US$27.8m).

Möller-Hergt added: "Over the past seven years, ALSO Holding AG has optimised its business model mix and systematically expanded its service-oriented offering. The acquisition of DistriWan improves our offering in the relevant security solutions segment and provides us access to an even broader customer base. We are thus strengthening our presence in the market both regionally and in terms of our offering.”

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