February 9th, 2017: Value-added distributor CMS Distribution has acquired TNS Connect from PCH. TNS Connect is an award winning distributor of emerging technologies and accessories, headquartered in Ireland but also operating in the UK, mainland Europe, Australia and China. This acquisition further strengthens CMS Distribution’s position as Europe’s leading IT specialist distributor.
Founder and CEO of CMS Distribution, Frank Salmon, commented on the acquisition, saying: “We are delighted to welcome TNS Connect to the group. As specialists in emerging consumer technologies, they have an impressive range of vendors and customers which perfectly complement the CMS Distribution portfolio. Our customers will gain access to the latest consumer technology trends, an increased product portfolio, additional sales and marketing resources and more competitive offerings. We are very excited to offer our vendor partners new routes to market, allowing them to explore new business opportunities.”
Liam Casey, CEO and Founder of PCH said: “TNS Connect has been part of the PCH family for the past six years, and we are grateful to the TNS team for their valuable contribution and commitment. We know that CMS is the right parent company to take TNS to the next level given their focus on enhancing their product distribution capability. PCH continues to focus on our core business providing highly differentiated and value-added product development, manufacturing, packaging and fulfilment services globally.”
Following the acquisition, CMS Distribution will now employ over 300 people across the group with a very strong foothold in Europe covering the UK, Ireland, France, Benelux and Scandinavia. CMS will continue to run the business under TNS Connect’s brand for the foreseeable future and TNS’s leadership and management team will remain, continuing to focus on the growth of the business.
Co-founders John McHugh and Ivan Eustace, of TNS Connect, said: “We are excited to be part of a large distribution business that has ambitious growth plans, and has already invested in systems and people to materialise them. Our customer and vendor offerings will provide great business opportunities for our channel partners so we can embark on this journey of growth together.”
About CMS Distribution
Established in 1988, CMS Distribution is a leading specialist distributor supplying business and consumer technologies.
The company is trade only, selling to B2B and B2C partners, servicing corporate resellers, managed service providers, high street and online retailers. These range from large multi-nationals to smaller, independent IT companies. CMS Distribution helps technology vendors and channel partners grow their business, by taking emerging technologies to market whilst developing established brands using a range of value added services.
The company employs over 250 people across seven locations in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden.
About TNS Connect
Established in 2000 by Co-founders John McHugh and Ivan Eustace, TNS Connect is a global distributor of innovative consumer electronics and accessories, specialising in connecting world leading retailers with the most exciting brands.
TNS Connect are committed to forming long-term relationships with vendors and partners to deliver a consistent retail customer experience across all channels, evolving as trends and markets do. Their experienced staff are agile and quick to change, using their knowledge and experience to pick the right innovations, bringing them to market with the right speed, accuracy and efficiencies.
More than just a distributor, TNS Connect works together with partners to drive profitable growth for all. For more information, please visit www.tns-connect.com.
PCH designs custom product solutions for Fortune 500 companies and startups who are passionate about design, brand and the consumer experience.
PCH takes products from concept to consumer, whether design engineering and development, manufacturing, or packaging and fulfilment. If it can be imagined, it can be made. At PCH, we make. www.pchintl.com Twitter: @PCH_Intl