SOURCE: Global Technology Distribution Council

Global Technology Distribution Council

October 21, 2009 15:20 ET

IT Distribution Industry Organization Continues Global Expansion

New Members Added in Asia, Europe and Latin America

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--(Marketwire - October 21, 2009) - The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC), the world's largest consortium of IT distributors, today announced the addition of six new members: AB SA based in Wroclaw, Poland; Computer Gross, headquartered in Empoli, Italy, near Florence; Munich, Germany-based Computerlinks; Miami-based Intcomex, which does business throughout Latin America; SiS Technologies, headquartered in Hong Kong; and UK-based 20:20 Mobile, located in Crewe (Northwest England). These new members offer a broad range of technology products and services in their targeted markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America.

"The GTDC started out in the United States in 1998 and has continually built on a strong foundation that is rapidly expanding across the globe," commented GTDC CEO Tim Curran, noting that its members' sales exceed more than $100 billion in annual revenue. "We are dedicated to the IT distribution industry, its growing value and continually evolving success in meeting the needs of today's technology vendors, resellers, solution providers and retailers worldwide. This includes supporting ongoing supply chain innovation and efficiency advances on behalf of our members and their vendor partners."

Curran explained that the GTDC's expansion in Europe will further enhance the European technology sales tracking service that the GTDC supports. Introduced in December 2007 by leading European IT market research company, Context, the SalesWatch -- Distribution service provides the most complete market data available today on product sell-through in Europe's IT distribution market. It follows the success of a similar service, the NPD Group Distributor Track®, in the United States. That offering, introduced in October 2002, and the Context service are both available by subscription.

ABOUT THE NEW GTDC MEMBERS

Publicly held AB SA is traded on the Warsaw Stock Exchange under the symbol "ABPL" and serves resellers and retailers in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Computer Gross has offices throughout Italy and also serves a broad range of reseller channel customers in this country. Computerlinks' reseller channel-focused business extends across Western Europe and the Middle East as well as the United States. 20:20 Mobile Group is now Europe's leading mobile handset distributor and in the top three globally. Intcomex, now in its 20th year, is one of the largest distributors throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. SiS Technologies, publicly traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE: 0529), is one of Asia's largest distributors of computer systems, software, peripherals and networking products.

GTDC members benefit from high-level engagement on industry issues with CEOs of today's leading IT distributors worldwide and top vendor reseller channel executives as well as influential investors, analysts and media covering the industry. Members participate in exclusive GTDC workshops and events in addition to leveraging the industry studies and market research the GTDC enables in conjunction with its research partners. The GTDC also leads numerous initiatives on behalf of its members to further support the growth and development of the IT distribution industry.

For more information on the GTDC, its events and initiatives, visit www.gtdc.org.

ABOUT THE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY DISTRIBUTION COUNCIL

The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) is a worldwide industry association dedicated to defining and promoting the role of wholesale distribution in a successful and healthy information technology channel. The Council is comprised of the computer industry's top wholesale distributors dedicated to serving "the channel," a network of skilled value-added resellers and retail stores focused on providing hardware, software, and services to businesses and consumers around the globe. GTDC members include ABC Data, AB SA (WSE: ABPL), Actebis, Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW), Avnet (NYSE: AVT), Bell Micro (OTCBB: BELM), Computer Gross, Computerlinks, DCC SerCom, D&H, Esprinet (ISE: PRT), Ingram Micro (NYSE: IM), Intcomex, Magirus AG, Redington, ScanSource (NASDAQ: SCSC), SiS Technologies (HKSE: 0529), Synnex (NYSE: SNX), 20:20 Mobile Group, Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD), Westcoast LTD and Westcon.

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