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17 July 2003: Chessington: Ideal has been named as Fujitsu Siemens Computers’ distributor of the year 2003 as voted for by UK resellers.

David Cullinane, Managing Director, Fujitsu Siemens Computers UK, this week presented the award to Mark Walker, director, Ideal Enterprise Solutions during an awards ceremony at the Fujitsu Siemens Computers Channel Conference 2003. Over three hundred resellers who attended the conference voted for Ideal.

“We were an early adopter of Siemens Computer Systems and then Fujitsu Siemens Computers’ (FSC), products and have enjoyed a great relationship with the company. To win this award two years running is a fantastic achievement by Ideal and a tribute to our FSC account managers. Awards decided by our reseller customers are always something to be proud of and this confirms Ideal as the class act in distribution,” said Mark Walker.

“We’re delighted to present this award to Ideal – in a year that’s been tough for many distributors, it clearly shows that in Fujitsu Siemens Computers’ terms, Ideal is very much on top of its game,” added Dave Cullinane. “We find this award very useful in terms of delivering accurate feedback and learning how resellers rank their distributors. The fact that so many resellers chose Ideal suggests it is doing a great job and we look forward to developing our business during the coming year.”

Ideal supplies a huge range of FSC products including PDAs, desktops, notebooks, server and storage products.

Plaudits received from resellers included:

“Service above and beyond the call of duty”

“Ideal has more stock and help to defend my margins better by providing deals and a high level of information”

“We have one single point of contact who consistently surprises us with his level of knowledge and expertise in Fujitsu products.”

“Always ready to respond to your needs and willing to fulfill any unusual orders.”

“The Boris online ordering system is easy to use and allows you to order outside office hours”

“They are worthy of this award because they care about my business and understand my Fujitsu requirements.”

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About Ideal
Ideal is the UK division of Bell Microproducts Europe. Bell Microproducts Europe is a unique channel focused supplier of hardware and software products and services ranging from components to high-level consultancy.
Each Bell Microproducts Europe business operates in the following key technology markets:
Enterprise Solutions - Focusing on high-end storage solutions. Branded as Ideal Enterprise Solutions in UK and Bell Microproducts Solutions in all other European territories.
Systems - Focusing primarily on the Intel based server, desktop and mobile
Software - Focusing on the sales of software, primarily through its on-online licensing tool LDi (Licence Desk internet);
Mass Storage - Focusing on disk drives and storage components;
Professional Services - Storage consultancy engaging with end users to create a market for resellers.
Bell Microproducts Europe is headquartered in Chessington in the UK with operations in France (Paris) Germany (Munich); Italy (Milan); Netherlands (Amersfoort); Belgium (Brussels); and Sweden (Stockholm).
Bell Microproducts Solutions is headquartered in Almere, The Netherlands with operations in Belgium (Brussels), Germany (Frankfurt) and Austria (Vienna).
Bell Microproducts Europe is part of the $2 billion NASDAQ listed Bell Microproducts Inc, one of the world's largest storage focused IT companies operating from more than 40 locations, and employing over 1,100 people across the US, Canada, Latin America, the UK and Europe.
In the UK Bell Microproducts Europe owns and operates Ideal Hardware. Ideal Hardware was voted Storage Distributor of the Year at the Computer Reseller News Channel Awards 2002 for the fourth consecutive year.

About Bell Microproducts
Bell Microproducts is an international, value-added provider of a wide range of high-technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial markets. The company is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors with offices in the Americas and Europe. More information can be found in the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at

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