Datatech looks for Kiwi acquisitions

South African networking and distribution company Datatec, which has bought the Australian and New Zealand businesses of network integrator Anite, is looking to buy another Kiwi business.

Anite New Zealand, which along with Anite Australia forms Anite Pacific, has been sold to Datatec by UK-based Anite.

Datatec's agent in the deal, Melbourne-based Lyle Potgieter, says talks are continuing with "multiple parties" as Datatec shops for a New Zealand business in the electronic commerce, software development and desktop platform markets.

"Anite gives us a wide area network business. We're looking to add to that in New Zealand, but we have no firm timetable," Potgieter says.

Anite Pacific's Sydney-based chief executive, Laurie Stevens, says the sale to Datatec will mean a name change to Logical within three months, which is Datatec's worldwide network integration business brand and includes similar businesses in the US, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

The company's ability will be extended to cater for international organisations operating in New Zealand and New Zealand organisations with overseas branches.

"In the short term it will be business as usual, but we'll have much greater global capability," says Stevens.

There will be no change to the existing management structure, he says, which has two New Zealand regional managers answering to him. Anite New Zealand has more than 80 staff operating from five offices. Stevens says Anite Pacific will fit better with Datatec than it did with Anite PLC, which is a systems integrator rather than network integrator.

"The acquisition will immediately propel Logical into a leadership position within network and systems integration companies in Australasia and will provide complete end-to-end network services to leading multinational organizations with offices in the region," says Bruce Harvey, chief operations officer for Datatec in Australasia.

Datatec is a $US1 billion Johannesburg-listed company with 3000 employees. Last year it made a profit of $US69 million.

Aside from Logical, it has a distribution business, Westcon, which has just been handed an agency for Lucent data networking products outside the US. Westcon has an Australian branch.

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