Highlights 2008

July


July (Photo)

Software

Bechtle presses ahead with the internationalisation of its software specialist Comsoft direct, establishing a new company in Vienna, Austria. The expertise comes from the home base: the subsidiary ARP Datacon has hived off its successful software division to Comsoft direct GmbH.

Foothold

MADRAS Computer Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH is Bechtle's first foothold in the Austrian system house market. The service provider specialises in system integration in the fields of enterprise storage, back-up solutions, IT infrastructure, and security.

High Spirits

On 24 July, Bechtle celebrates its anniversary together with about 530 customers, manufacturer partners, suppliers, long-time companions, and employees in Bechtle's town of foundation, Heilbronn.

Fun

On 26 July, Bechtle stages the largest Family & Friends Day to date with its employees, their families, and friends of the company. For this purpose, Bechtle Platz 1 in Neckarsulm, Germany, is turned into a large fair with numerous attractions for the more than 1,800 guests.

August


August (Photo)

Success

In an independent survey conducted by the two trade journals “Channel- Partner” and “Computerwoche”, companies elect Bechtle AG as the most customer-friendly system house in 2008 in the category of companies whose annual revenues exceed 250 million euros. The purpose of the survey is to determine how satisfied users are with their service provider.

End

With the entry of the exclusion of the minority shareholders in the commercial register, Bechtle completes the squeeze-out procedure at PSB AG, becoming the company's sole shareholder.

Insight

During the annual Bechtle shareholder days, more than 100 share- holders participate in an informative tour of the Neckarsulm headquarters to get a personal impression of their company.

September


September (Photo)

Acquisition I and II

Bechtle takes over Wrede Systemhaus GmbH, which is headquartered in Meschede and has a branch in Soest, as well as Netzwerk Beratung Informationssysteme Duisburg GmbH. Thus, Bechtle further expands its presence in North Rhine-Westphalia, the federal state with the strongest economy.

Acquisition III

By taking over supportEDV GmbH, Bechtle reinforces its position in Vienna, Austria, with another recognised IT infrastructure project specialist. This is the second foothold in the Austrian system house market.

Expansion

With the addition of Ireland, Bechtle's presence in the trading segment spans a total of ten European countries. From Dublin, Bechtle direct offers a comprehensive portfolio for the Irish market.

Award

In the contest for the best annual report, “manager magazin” elects the report of Bechtle AG the winner in the TecDAX.

Training

The number of trainees who embark on their professional career at Bechtle is higher than ever: 87. The young people are trained as man- agement assistants in wholesale, international trade, and IT systems as well as IT specialists for system integration, to name just a few of the more popular professions.