UK company covering several additional countries as extension to proven success
LONDON, UK --- May 2, 2012 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that its contract with Steljes Limited, the leading technology distributor in the UK, has been extended for the distribution rights into the Adriatic countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo. Steljes has selected Maribor, Slovenia, as its headquarters for the region and is setting up demonstration centers in each country featuring the comprehensive range of products from SMART Technologies for both education and business customers. The demonstration centers will include customer briefing and training rooms to ensure that existing and prospective customers receive the information, product training, professional development and services they may require.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Steljes and is testament to our proven track record in selling SMART solutions,” says Ian Goodhind, Commercial Director at Steljes. “We have already signed up a number of resellers in each country and will be using our expertise, commitment and support capabilities to help them accelerate the adoption of SMART products in both the education and business sectors.”
“SMART has developed a very strong working relationship with Steljes over the last 15 years, where their core skills as a value-add distributor, along with the industry knowledge of their people, and market reach in the UK has helped make SMART the leading brand of interactive displays in the country. We are pleased to extend the company’s distribution across the Adriatic region,” says Patrick Lelorieux, Vice President and General Manager for EMEA, SMART Technologies. “With SMART education products and Freestorm visual collaboration solutions enabling increased collaboration in both classrooms and meeting rooms, we see a great opportunity for Steljes to help improve learning outcomes for students and increase productivity for businesses across this new region and are confident the company will replicate its UK success throughout the Adriatic countries.“
Steljes Limited is an innovative technology distributor that sources products from around the world, working with manufacturers to customise and bring their solutions to the UK market through our specialised channel network. Its innovative solutions enable people to interact and communicate more effectively while working and learning. The company has been sourcing products from around the world for 25 years, introducing LCD panels, projectors, plasma displays and interactive whiteboards to the UK market. Steljes has consistently been the UK's number one supplier of interactive whiteboards (source: Futuresouce Consulting). Steljes Group is a privately owned company and has helped companies such as SMART Technologies and Turning Technologies become market leaders in the UK.
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that change the way the world works and learns. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, our focus is on developing a variety of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, making collaboration and learning with digital resources more natural. Our products have transformed teaching and learning in more than 1.9 million classrooms worldwide, reaching over 40 million students and teachers. In business, our Freestorm™ visual collaboration solutions improve the way that people work and collaborate, enabling them to be more productive and reduce costs.
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