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2018-11-21 - Emmen

ALSO becomes market leader in Slovenia

ALSO has acquired the value-added distributor (VAD) DISS d.o.o., along with its subsidiaries VAD d.o.o. and Marmis d.o.o. The move makes ALSO the market leader in the field of ICT distribution in Slovenia and helps it further expand its business in eastern Europe.

“The acquisition of DISS allows us to advance our growth strategy in Europe and gives us a broader and sounder basis in key distribution-related business fields than before,” says Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO Holding AG (SIX: ALSN). “The expertise and experience gained in the market by the excellent team at DISS over the past 20 years lets us strengthen the areas of infrastructure, software and security in particular.”

The acquisition of Ljubljana-based DISS and its subsidiaries VAD and Marmis gives ALSO access to its resources and expertise in the fields of data centres, security and solutions. DISS markets and sells software and IT equipment from HP and HPE, among other manufacturers. Its subsidiary VAD specialises in IT devices and software from Dell EMC, whereas Marmis markets and sells IBM software for medium-sized and large-scale systems for monitoring security and business processes.

Founded in 1998, DISS generated sales of 81 million euros last year. The distributor currently employs a staff of around 70. Together with its subsidiaries, VAD focuses on product lines that require intensive pre-sales support. DISS also provides its customers with on-site technical training and individual support. By acquiring DISS, ALSO is underpinning its aim of consolidating or gaining a number-one or number-two market position in those countries in which the company is active throughout Europe.

The result is a product portfolio that goes beyond conventional distribution to provide customers with tailored solutions. ALSO provides a full range of services covering the various levels of the ITC value chain from a single source. Within the scope of the acquisition, ALSO Slovenia’s focus is on bringing its consumptional business expertise to the table. The company defines consumptional business as consumption-oriented IT services that it provides through its ALSO Cloud Marketplace, among other channels.

Direct link to the media release: https://www.also.com/goto/20181121en