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Exertis acquires €60m networking and data centre connectivity distributor

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International technology distributor Exertis has completed the acquisition of French structured cabling and network device distributor Azenn after receiving regulatory approval.

Azenn supports the French installation market for companies of all sizes, data centres and the public sector, and also provides logistics, refurbishment and staging services for network devices to some of the largest telecoms operators in France.

Headquartered in Montauban de Bretagne, Brittany, the business employs around 200 people across five locations in France, including a large distribution centre in Satolas-et-Bonce, Lyon.

Azenn had revenues of €60 million in the last financial year. Azenn will complement, enhance and extend the service offerings of Exertis Connect, the distributor's existing commercial network connectivity business in France.

The deal continues the European expansion of Exertis, following the acquisitions of Amacom, Comm-Tec and Keren in the last two years.

Clive Fitzharris (pictured), managing director of Exertis International, said: “Azenn is a great fit with our existing commercial business in France and will allow us to offer a broader range of network devices and cabling solutions to customers, both inside and outside the building.”

Last month, Exertis reported a 15% jump in sales for the year and an 11% rise in operating profits. Revenue rose to £4.48bn and operating profits reached £72.4m at the DCC Group subsidiary.

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