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LG terminates Northamber distribution contract

Microscope contributor

LG has given Northamber its marching orders as part of a channel rationalisation exercise and is continuing to review its line-up.


The Chessington-based distributor which seems to be making a habit out of splitting with vendor partners - which last year included Lexmark, Lenovo and 3Com - has been served with notice of termination that comes into effect on 30 April.


An LG spokeswoman told MicroScope: "We are always reviewing our business partnerships and with regard to Northamber there were no negative issues but it was part of streamlining our process."


There are five remaining LG distributors in the UK, she added - C2000, Ingram Micro, and CCI carry monitors and optical storage, Midwich sells its monitors, LFDs and Hotel TV while Micro P has monitors, opitcal sotrage and projectors.


"As with any streamlining process there will be further changes but the moment I cannot confirm what the change will be," she said.


Henry Matthews, managing director at Northamber, said it had anticipated the move by the Korean vendor, "We have been running down LG over the last three to four months anyway and transferring over to other existing vendors."


It carried the entire LG range but he said it had filled those gaps with Acer, Viewsonic, Fujitsu and had recently taken on board JVC TVs and cameras.


LG, which unveiled a UK business division in November, recorded a 12.5% rise in 2009 global sales to $43.2bn and profits of $3.3bn.

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