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THEALE, 22 November 2000, -Datech 2000, the UK's leading
Autodesk distributor is gearing up for the drive from 2D to 3D in the CAD
market by signing a distribution deal with professional graphics board
maker
ELSA.


The Leatherhead based CAD arm of Computer 2000 will be
selling the ELSA GLoria and Synergy boards which have proven themselves
in
the demanding professional design and 3D visualisation markets with a
reputation for high performance and stable software drivers.


Autodesk business manager for Datech 2000, Alistair Brook
said on signing the agreement with ELSA, "The CAD market is increasingly
going 3D with the use of powerful design aids like architectural
walkthroughs and digital content creation right through to 3D web content
and corporate videos. GLoria II is already the most popular board for
applications like 3D Studio Max and we see enormous potential for our
resellers migrating their users to 3D applications like Mechanical Desktop
and Architectural Desktop supported by ELSA technology."


ELSA's UK general manager Fiona Faulkner commented, "By
partnering with Datech we will increase our penetration in key CAD and
visualisation markets like industrial design, architecture and
construction.
With Datech 2000's close relationship with AutoDesk and our partnership
with
NVIDIA on graphics processors, this deal will bring about a one stop
software hardware source for specialist CAD and multi-media resellers."



Background to Datech 2000


Datech2000, part of the Tech Data owned Computer 2000
group
is the focused business unit which specialises in Autodesk and discreet
products for the CAD and multimedia market. Based in Leatherhead, Surrey,
Datech 2000 has been trading since 1985 and currently accounts for over
85%
of Autodesk's UK mainland commercial business.


ELSA Company Background


ELSA is one of the leading providers of Internet access
and
computer graphics solutions for the PC. Its product range includes
modems,
ISDN adapters, ISDN and DSL routers, videoconferencing systems, graphics
boards and monitors. ELSA was founded in 1980 and today has around 700
employees. In addition to its headquarters in Aachen, Germany, it also
maintains subsidiaries in San José (USA), Taipei (Taiwan) and Tokyo
(Japan)
as well as in London (UK), Paris (France), Milan (Italy) and Eke
(Belgium).
Since June 1998, ELSA AG shares are traded on the "Neuer Markt" trading
segment (WKN 507 360) of the Frankfurt stock exchange in Germany.


Names in this press release may be trademarks or
registered
trademarks of their respective owners. The ELSA logo is a registered
trademark.


Datech 2000,

Langbourne House Business Park

4 Randalls Way

Surrey KT22 7TW

Tel 01372 224800

Fax 01372 224808

http://www.datech2000.co.uk


ELSA G.B. Ltd,

1210 Parkview,

Arlington Business Park,

Theale,

Berkshire

RG7 4TY

Tel: 0118 965 7755 Fax: 0118 965 7756

Freephone sales no.: 08000 56 34 45

http://www.elsa.co.uk


Press contact: Frank Smith, Michele Collier, Paul Goman

The
Edge Partnership,

Phone: 01625 511966,

Fax: 01625 511967

Email: frank@edge-pr.co.uk


michele@edge-pr.co.uk


paul@edge-pr.co.uk

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