A rescue deal for stricken Dutch PC maker Tulip will give mega-distributor Ingram Micro a large European manufacturing presence.
Dutch computer supplier Begemann and Ingram signed a deal with Tulip on Thursday, according to inside sources. Under this, they will take over the assets of Tulip, which called in the receivers two months ago, but keep its brand name alive.
The sources said Begemann will retain the brand, while Ingram Micro will take over the factories and use them to assemble both Tulip products and PCs for other customers. Tulip had recently invested in a new manufacturing facility in Holland.
All the existing PC stock is now Begemann's property but there is still confusion over the Commodore brand name, which Tulip acquired last year from the defunct micro maker. However, it failed to make any products under that name, despite plans to relaunch the brand for the Christmas market.
No financial details of the deal were available, nor is it clear what will happen to Tulip staff in the UK, The Netherlands, and in its many sales offices around the world.
The deal seems to scotch persistent rumours that Taiwanese company Acer was planning to take over Tulip. Its biggest attraction, for Acer and Ingram, is undoubtedly its new, state of the art Dutch factory, although its brand also carries weight in the Benelux countries.
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