Corporate reseller Computacenter is boosting its European presence with the £36.5m acquisition of German reseller GE CompuNet.
Adam Austin, director of marketing at Computacenter, said the reseller has a good presence in the UK and France but needed to strengthen its position in Germany.
"This is a good deal because we want to be strong in the top three European markets," he said.
"We were not strong in Germany because we previously sold our German operation to GE ITS when we bought its French and UK businesses a year ago," he added.
GE CompuNet has been profitable in the tough German market and Computacenter said this showed it had been well managed.
Computacenter will also acquire GE Capital in Austria as part of the deal. This will see the reseller expand its European operation, which already covers UK, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg.
The reseller does not expect job losses to result from the deal. "It's not about knocking the two companies together and making redundancies," said Austin.
Mel Taylor, marketing director UK at Fujitsu Siemens Computers, said the move shows the reseller's ambitious European plans. "Computacenter needs to grow in other countries in Europe to expand, and Germany is the biggest market in the continent," he said.
"It is also good for vendors because Computacenter now has a presence in the three biggest European markets," he added.
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