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The History of Getronics


This history of Getronics dates back to 1887, when Groeneveld, Van der Pol & Co’s Elektronische
Fabriek NV established a technical installation company for public utilities and the ship–building industry
in the Netherlands. Over the years, the company went through numerous transitions to emerge as Geveke Electronics in 1972, which changed its name to Getronics NV IN 1988.

In 1999, Getronics acquired Wang Global (who had recently acquired Olivetti), building upon its strong market presence in Europe and consolidating its position as a truly Global player in the ICT arena.

In 2005, Getronics and Pinkroccade combined their strengths to become one company. Working in 90 countries around the world, Getronics became Benelux’s largest international ICT Services Company.

From 2007 – 2012 Getronics was part of KPN. Today, the two organisations remain partners in the Getronics Workspace Alliance (GWA), a Global ICT alliance which was founded in 2009 by Getronics and 6 other regional IT Champions in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Today, there are 9 members in the GWA which collectively form the 3rd largest workspace services provider in the world (Ovum, 2012).

On May 1st 2012, Getronics became part of the AURELIUS Group, an industrial holding company headquartered in Munich, Germany. AURELIUS had also acquired Thales in Spain and Argentina earlier in 2012, which has been rebranded to Connectis and is now a key member of the Getronics family. In late 2013 the Getronics family acquired NEC Enterprise Solutions in the UK and Spain to further grow its UC services business.

AURELIUS has continued to add other ICT companies to their growing portfolio: Steria Iberica in Spain (2013), Telvent in Spain and South America (2014) (both IT consulting companies); and recently Individual Desktop Solutions (IDS) from T-Systems in Germany.

In July 2015, Getronics announced its partnership with U.S.-based partner CompuCom, to lead the Global Workspace Alliance (former Getronics Workspace Alliance). The GWA’s mission is to support global companies as they transition towards an increasingly mobile, connected, and secure global workspace environment, enabling them to achieve their objectives by empowering satisfied and efficient employees.

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