EPD and EPD International in the Yorkshire Post
Europlus Direct and Europlus Direct International were featured in the Yorkshire Post today. The article, mainly about CEO Jim Hart, described our current and future business model in Africa and throughout the world.
Having started out in 2004 reselling IBM support services to French customers, Europlus Direct has developed and expanded constantly. We added the UK to the countries we offer services to, following this with most of Western Europe, including Germany, Spain, and Italy, and Australia.
In 2010 Europlus direct was presented with the opportunity to extend its business to the African market, as a rapidly expanding market this offered a great business opportunity.
We now trade in Africa with a slightly different business model than in Europe. EPD International, based in Mauritius, now not only offers IBM maintenance contracts but specialises in the distribution of spare parts in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Africa is almost completely untouched territory when it comes to IT infrastructure. Setting up a distribution network such as that run by EPD International therefore presents a great new service for the African market. For this purpose EPD International has set up three new offices in Mozambique, Namibia and Senegal to further expand our reach and presence in Africa.
In the future we are hoping to become IBM distributors in the US and Latin America. We also have plans to open more branches in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Bosnia Herzegovina as well as setting up spare parts distribution centres in the Carribean and islands around Australia.
Europlus Direct’s sister company One Global has played a big part in our internationalisation, thanks to their language services we have been able to grow and expand easily throughout the world, taking down the final barrier to international trade – language.
Europlus Direct and EPD International will continue to tap new markets and deliver the same great service as we have over the last 8 years.