MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - Ingram Micro Inc., (NYSE: IM), a leading technology sales,
marketing, and logistics company, today announced that Acer, a leading worldwide supplier
of PC solutions, has signed a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro’s Canadian business unit.
This new agreement reaffirms Acer's indirect sales model commitment of selling their product
line only through the channel. It also expands Acer’s reach into Canada by making the
manufacturer’s products available to a new family of channel partners through Ingram
Micro’s extensive network of Canadian value-added resellers (VARs).
"Acer and Ingram Micro have enjoyed a very strong and fruitful relationship across many
countries around the world", said Rudi Schmidleithner, president, Acer America
Corporation. "Earlier this year, we expanded our association to include the United States
and the partnership has already shown significant results in a short period of time. Just
recently, Ingram Micro U.S. honoured Acer America with their “Best New Vendor” Award which
exemplifies outstanding growth and partnership for a new vendor within the channel and with
"In Europe, Acer has shown phenomenal growth to become the number one European notebook
supplier on the market in just a few years. Using Acer’s 2-tier model this growth has
represented an enormous opportunity for Ingram Micro in Europe. Besides the notebooks, we’ve
seen Acer’s market share grow rapidly across all its product categories and market segments,
quarter after quarter,” said Peter van den Berg, vice president, vendor management and
operations, Ingram Micro Europe.
"We welcome Ingram Micro to our family of distribution partners and look forward to
leveraging each other’s strengths," said Terry Tomecek, general manager, Acer America
Corporation (Canada). "We'll integrate Ingram Micro's industry-leading logistics and
distribution management with Acer's versatile and competitively priced computer products to
effectively increase our market reach and capture incremental revenue for Acer through
Ingram Micro’s existing reseller base."
"We are pleased to be partnering with Acer, we believe this agreement adds a new
dimension to the Ingram Micro portfolio of products,” said Murray Wright, General Manager,
Ingram Micro Canada. "Working with our resellers we continue to explore partnerships
that enable us to offer more diversified solutions to the market. Our goal is to deliver
the best value and generate more demand and profit for our partners and their customers."
The first phase of Ingram Micro Canada's distribution agreement with Acer includes
notebooks and monitors with the second phase extending the breadth of Acer's product line
offerings in early 2005.
About Acer Canada
Acer Canada (www.acer.ca) is a member of Acer Inc.,
one of the world's top five branded PC vendors. Acer designs and markets client and
server solutions for professionals who require reliability, enhanced productivity and greater
value of ownership. As one of the largest global suppliers of PC's, more than 50 million Acer
systems have been purchased throughout the world - solutions for living, learning and
working. Acer Canada's award-winning products include tablet PCs, desktop PCs, notebook
computers, servers, displays and peripheral solutions for business, government, education
and home users. The Pan Acer Group employs 7,800 people, supporting dealers and distributors in
over 100 countries.
About Ingram Micro Inc.
As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and
profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing
programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support, financial services,
and product aggregation and distribution. The company serves 100 countries and
is the only global IT distributor with operations in Asia. Visit
www.ingrammicro.com/corp or in Canada