"With hard work comes success"

1993

1993 Foundation

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The firm of Kosatec, Korth & Sander OHG, later Andreas Sander, was founded in January 1993 as a computer wholesaler and retailer in a suburb of Braunschweig with a starting capital of 6,000 DM.

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At that time, a garage served as the warehouse. The office was in the basement of the parents-in-law of the Managing Director Andreas Sander. Yet with only two employees, the first year of the company’s history saw the achievement of a turnover of 2.3 million DM.

1994

1994 1st move

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In 1994, the company moved to the Querumer Forst commercial estate in Braunschweig, since the previous premises had become too small. Here in the “Spechtweg”, the company now had around 200 m2 available as offices and warehouse space. At the same time, 2 more permanent employees were taken on.

1997

1997 Expansion

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From 1995 to 1997 we expanded further and employed 10 people by the end of the 1997 business year.

1998

1998 1st store

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In June 1998, we finally moved again, although this time only one floor lower, since we now had to extend our office and warehouse area to over 1,000 m2, in order to handle the steady increase in the number of orders. At the same time, the number of employees increased to nearly 20.

In August of this year, we opened the Kosatec Computer Super Store in our premises on the Spechtweg, in order to offer end-customers too the possibility of benefiting from our wholesale purchasing advantages and our full range of over 2,000 articles.

We also started our own in-house PC production, which in addition to pre-configured computers for immediate use also offers tailor-made solutions put together specially to meet individual customer requirements.

In October 1998, we had a shareholding in the foundation of the firm Dynamic Data GmbH. This firm is intended primarily to advise and look after companies and private persons in EDP solutions and network questions of all kinds. This system house is also located on the Querumer Forst commercial estate, and is the logical next step in our development.

1999

2001 Advertising

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In January 1999 we again extended our warehouse area of the Spechtweg by a further third.

In April of this year, the shop on the Spechtweg was moved into new and larger premises within the building, the shop area now covering approx. 110 m2.

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In mid-April, we opened a ‘Kosatec Computer Super Stores’ branch in Braunschweig’s inner city. This branch, with the catchy name of ‘Kosatec City’, has initially been set up with a shop area of approx. 110 m2 and a storage area of 100 m2.

In July, the firm of Kosatec OHG changed its trading name to Kosatec Computer GmbH. The Managing Director and proprietor is Andreas Sander.

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In July too, Dynamic Data GmbH ceased trading under this name and was merged into the KOSATEC System House Division, which as part of Kosatec Computer GmbH looks after the system house area.
The main area of business of the division is the installation and care of network solutions in the hardware and software field for well-known major customers.

In the area of publicity work, KOSATEC took part in August with its own truck in the Reincarnation Parade in Hannover, the 2nd-largest technology parade in Germany after the Love Parade in Berlin.

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The company’s own PC range “KOSATEC Innovation PC” is promoted. A PC production line with the name “Innovation City” is set up in the main warehouse. By means of optimised working procedures, the capacity of this production line amounts to up to 100 assembled “Innovation PC’s” per day in “Innovation quality”.

2000

2000

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As part of its publicity works this year, the company sponsored events such as the 24-hour Swim in Braunschweig.

July saw the opening of the end-customer online shop KOSATEC24, which is available to customers 24 hours per day, and provides information both on our current range and the stocks immediately available from the warehouse. The obvious features such as secure SSL-encrypted entry pages and order tracking were taken over from the old online shop system.

As in the previous year, KOSATEC again took part in the Reincarnation Parade in Hannover in August with its own 40-t articulated truck, this time even bigger and better, and with star guests like Steve Mason.

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In October, the KOSATEC System House Division set up the 1st Internet Forum of the NORD/LB Braunschweig. In this branch of the bank in the Braunschweig inner city, the bank provides a presentation of itself using the latest equipment in the field of communication and multimedia presentation. Amongst other things, customers are here given their initial introduction to online banking.
Powered by KOSATEC.

In the online shop price comparison by “Computer BILD” in November, our KOSATEC24 online shop took one of the leading places, thanks to our low prices.

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The advertising activities for shop sales in the Braunschweig region were boosted for the Christmas business. Amongst other things, complete advertising pillars were rented, and a bus belonging to the “Braunschweiger Verkehrs AG” repainted in the KOSATEC corporate image.

In mid-November, the KOSATEC24 online shop was extended to include a PC configurator, with which the customer can configure his desired system, and order it immediately.

The commercial success of KOSATEC continues unabated, as can also be seen from the increasing number of employees. KOSATEC now employs a workforce of 35 people, including 4 trainees. By the end of the year 2000, KOSATEC boasts 42 employees.

2001

2001

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As part of its publicity works this year, the company sponsored events such as the 24-hour Swim in Braunschweig.

July saw the opening of the end-customer online shop KOSATEC24, which is available to customers 24 hours per day, and provides information both on our current range and the stocks immediately available from the warehouse. The obvious features such as secure SSL-encrypted entry pages and order tracking were taken over from the old online shop system.

As in the previous year, KOSATEC again took part in the Reincarnation Parade in Hannover in August with its own 40-t articulated truck, this time even bigger and better, and with star guests like Steve Mason.

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Since the warehouse at the company headquarters was again bursting at the seams, the warehouse was converted into a high-rise system, increasing the available storage area by about a third.

Local advertising was increased to include city-light posters and several advertising spots on a gigantic media wall.
By the middle of the year, KOSATEC now employed 52 people, including 8 trainees.

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In June, KOSATEC started a prize game in the region lasting several weeks in co-operation with “McDonald’s Deutschland” with the catchy name of “Bingo mit Ingo”. As part of the prize game, McDonald’s branches and the 2 KOSATEC shops were fitted out with advertising decorations, attracting the attention of customers to the prize game and the brand “KOSATEC Innovation PC”.
The prizes to be won included KOSATEC-branded scooters, KOSATEC Innovation PC’s and Siemens S40 mobile phones.

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At the end of June, KOSATEC hosted the “Computer Night”, a party at the Braunschweig ATP Tennis Tournament NORD/LB Open, sponsored by the “Norddeutsche Landesbank”.

Many tickets for the ride on the KOSATEC truck were raffled in the “Braunschweiger Zeitung”, the event magazine “Cocktail” and over our Internet sites, creating great interest amongst participants.

The KOSATEC truck is decorated with well-known motifs of Braunschweig!

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Advertising activities are also boosted in the autumn. A low-floor articulated bus painted in the KOSATEC corporate image now shuttles daily between and in Wolfsburg and Braunschweig, further increasing the level of awareness of our company in the region.

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With the change to the new logistics partner “trans-o-flex”, we can now guarantee our customers faster dispatch of their orders in time for the Christmas business. Our new motto is: “Ordered by 18:00 – delivered tomorrow.
Anywhere in Germany”.
The goods arrive with the customer in the same perfect condition that they leave our warehouse.

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In November, the major Innovation PC campaign started in Braunschweig and the surrounding area in time for the Christmas business.
Around 17 city-light boards, 20 advertising pillars, several poster walls and city-light posters were booked in Braunschweig, Wolfsburg, Wolfenbüttel and Salzgitter, using the eye-catching slogan “Schatz, guck mal”.
The motto: “PC’s from Braunschweig for Braunschweig”
By the end of the year 2001, KOSATEC now employs 78 people at its Braunschweig locations.

2002

2002

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At the turn of the year, the stock management system and prices were also converted to the EURO.
In the course of the conversion, we also updated our complete hardware, including new servers and network components.
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Thanks to the timely conversion and extension of the stock management system, together with the extra personnel in our Service and RMA Departments, complaints will be able to be processed even more quickly in future. A decisive factor for added customer satisfaction.

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North Germany’s leading bank, the NORD/LB, commissions the KOSATEC System House, following the successful setup of the branch NORD/LB-direkt.de, with the interior multimedia design of the management meeting rooms. One of the most venerable buildings of Braunschweig, the “Ottmer-Bau”, also known as the “Alter Bahnhof”, is since the conversion now equipped with the very latest communications and presentation technology.

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In February 2002, KOSATEC is once again the main sponsor of the largest network party in North Germany, the “LANARENA“ in the “Lindenhalle” in Wolfenbüttel. As at the last event, space will again be at a premium this year. 1,300 applications have already been made for the 900 places available. In addition to the prizes for the tournament winners, KOSATEC this year also provides 50 fully-equipped “Innovation Pro” network servers.

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The branding campaign in the Braunschweig region is backed up in the spring by further advertising measures.
Besides a KOSATEC tram, a co-sponsoring agreement is concluded with MTV-Braunschweig for the “Braunschweiger Nachtlauf um den Karstadt-Pokal” (“Braunschweig Night Run for the Karstadt Cup”). As the high-point of the advertising measures of the 1st half-year 2002, KOSATEC takes part in the NORD/LB-Open ATP Tournament as an official co-sponsor, where it presents the “Spanische Nacht” (“Spanish Night”), a glittering party for all ATP Tournament visitors, KOSATEC business customers and KOSATEC employees.

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In autumn of this year, we extended our KOSATEC City branch for the Christmas business by means of comprehensive conversion work. The shop area was doubled to 200 m2. This conversion now provides more space for the presentation of goods from our range. A separate monitor wall and a rest area were also installed.

2003

2003

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Since January2003, KOSATEC has been sponsoring the “blauhaus” party, already legendary in Braunschweig, organised by the founders of the band “Jazzkantine” – a highly-regarded event with several dance-floors in the “Kleines Haus” of the Braunschweig State Theatre. Anyone who has not yet attended should take a look by. Reserve your tickets quickly – these events are all sold out weeks in advance!
The next “blauhaus” party is scheduled for November 2003!

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At the end of February 2003 KOSATEC celebrated its 10th Anniversary!
We thank all our customers, suppliers and friends for the fact that we were able to celebrate this anniversary! The occasion was of course celebrated by an anniversary party at the company headquarters. As a reward to our customers, the anniversary was also accompanied by many special anniversary offers for our customers.

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Another “Blauhaus” event was again supported in March. This time everything revolved around Shrove Monday. Also in March, KOSATEC for the first time took part with its own vehicle in the Braunschweig Carnival Procession.

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As in the preceding year, June again saw the NORD/LB Open ATP Tennis Tournament. This year, KOSATEC presented the “Player’s Night” and prior to the event again invited many customers and suppliers to a company presentation – to round off a pleasant evening, the celebrations were continued together at the “Player’s Night”. As in the previous year, the company this month again supported the “Braunschweig Night Run” organised by MTV-Braunschweig.

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At the end of July, the company’s homepage – where you are now – was completely revised, and the layout modified to the now usual monitor resolution of at least 1024x768 pixels. Great emphasis was placed on the presentation of as many special-price offers as possible, in order to help customers save money with the “Schnäppchen des Tages” (“Bargain of the Day”).

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In August, we again took part with our own truck in the Reincarnation Parade in Hannover. Our truck was full to the brim, as can be seen from the photograph – a successful party!

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Much more important however was the fact that we again offered training places this year – in view of the general shortage of training places in Germany, we took on 8 trainees for the careers of wholesale and foreign trade specialist, IT system electrician and specialist packer.

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KOSATEC Wolfsburg – At the end of September, we opened our 3rd retail branch, the first KOSATEC Computer Store outside Braunschweig. Great emphasis was naturally placed on the typical KOSATEC style in the décor of the premises, making this branch probably the most attractive to date. The branch is directly opposite the Wolfsburg Art Museum, while directly below, the public underground parking garage offers abundant parking facilities. A visit is well worthwhile!

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In November, we were present at the sold-out “Volkswagenhalle” in Braunschweig as the sponsor of the Braunschweig Tennis Gala, where world-class tennis could be seen with Boris Becker (left) and John McEnroe.

2004

2004

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This year, internal optimisation and extension for the coming Christmas business stand at the top of the to-do list. As the first job, the building of our Service Department was gutted and converted in February and March in order to create more space for even more effective servicing.

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During the rainy summer it was now the turn of our central warehouse for extension. The warehouse area was enlarged and the storage locations optimised so as to enable the faster and easier assembly of orders without requiring long and laborious training. At the same time, the dispatch locations were optimised and connected by means of conveyor belts. Palette packaging machines were also installed.

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In July, the collection business was reopened after relocation to the company headquarters. The style of the interior fittings follows the elegant design of the KOSATEC retail branches. The advantages of the new location include better parking facilities for our customers directly in front of the door, and shorter distances for our sales employees to the warehouse, which in turn means reduced waiting times for our customers.

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August and September were the months in which we converted new premises with more space for the KOSATEC System House, since increasing order levels mean more personnel and greater space requirements. We are now well prepared for the next business year and the forthcoming investment cycle of business customers outside the sector.

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Parallel to the relocation of the System House, we also fitted out new premises for our Innovation PC production. In addition to the production shop, there are now separate areas for the storage of customer components supplied for large external orders, and separate areas for final quality control.

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On 15th October 2004, we opened our 4th branch. In an ideal location between the main campus of the TU Braunschweig and the north campus, this branch was christened “KOSATEC Campus”. Besides the favourable prices and the specialist expertise of our staff, customer benefits also include parking directly in front of the door. In memory of the former specialist music store Cherry-Music, KOSATEC Managing Director Andreas Sander included many elements of stage design and show technology in the planning of the interior décor.

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Toward the end of November the exhibition tennis event “Volkswagen Bank Grand Champions” was for the second time held in Braunschweig in the “Volkswagenhalle”, featuring such former world tennis stars as Boris Becker, Michael Stich, Goran Ivanisevic and many others. As in the previous year, KOSATEC Computer again acted as the co-sponsor. The event this year extended over a period of 4 days, with live reports and broadcasts by many TV stations.

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In addition to a prize game, we took advantage of this event, with brochures and an exhibition stand, to increase the level of awareness of our System House amongst regional companies outside the sector in need of IT expertise. The success of these efforts was amply demonstrated by the rapid increase in order levels.

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As the highlight of the tennis tournament, the players Pat Cash and Mats Wilander came to our KOSATEC City inner-city branch to sign autographs. The eager response of fans was rewarded by a short interview, which was conducted and translated by Oliver Seidler, stadium announcer of the VFL Wolfsburg

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The end of the year – and the close of a year of expansion and conversion – was marked by the opening of the KOSATEC Club Lounge during the course of our Christmas celebrations.
Around 100 employees celebrated a very successful year with friends, partners and companions on into the late morning!
The KOSATEC Club Lounge is a multi-purpose relaxation and social area designed along the lines of a club, with its own cocktail bar and stage for DJs and live music.

2005

2005

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In February, we began the business year with local sponsoring of the Beach Nations Cup 2005. This 2-day event in the Braunschweig “Volkswagenhalle” was an introductory event for the establishment of the increasingly popular sport of beach volleyball.
The enthralling matches featured world-class players and national teams, while the accompanying programme offered entertainment for the whole family.

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Our annual company meeting was held in March at the company headquarters in the “Spechtweg”. The staff, now of around 100 employees, were presented with the figures for the successful business year 2004, and given a preview of this year’s targets and projects.

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At the end of April, the new image of our registered PC brand “Innovation PC” was presented – now even the packaging has been given a high-quality, professional design, so that the packaging now matches the high standard of the carefully assembled computer systems put together by Innovation PC production.

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As every year, the summer break this year again announced itself with wonderful weather. At this time of year, when people prefer to spend their leisure time out of doors rather than in front of the computer, we presented ourselves to the public in the form of smaller campaigns at various different events. For example, we sponsored the tables in front of our KOSATEC City branch at the “Braunschweiger Bürgerbrunch” (“Braunschweiger Citizens’ Brunch”), an event featuring around 2 kilometres of tables end to end which attracted an estimated 8,000 visitors.

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We were also present in the night-life of Braunschweig, taking part in the “Braunschweiger Modelnacht” (“Braunschweiger Model Night”) celebrated by a large number of young people.

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On the first weekend in July, the “Tag der Niedersachsen” (“Lower Saxony Day”) was held in Wolfsburg’s inner city. At this festival lasting two days, our employees handed out huge numbers of KOSATEC balloons to excited children.

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The Gastro-Cup took place in Braunschweig in July, an event in which Braunschweig restaurant owners and their employees compete against each other in a football tournament for the Gastro-Cup.
The event took place in fantastic summer weather, and attracted almost 2,000 visitors.

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August brought an occasion for celebration for all direct KOSATEC customers, friends and employees. The first KOSATEC Computer Summer Festival, the “KOSATEC Computer comeIn 2005”, was a complete success for all those involved, with over 3,800 visitors and a varied supporting programme, which also attracted national attention through the reseller press. Thanks to the support of many well-known manufacturers, we were able to offer an outstanding programme, which besides company visits, manufacturer’s information stands, a wide choice of dining and a bouncy castle also offered an enjoyable Saturday evening for the whole family. The top act on the 120 m2 stage was the “Blauhaus Band”, a project with musicians from the “Jazzkantine”, which for the first time was held in the open air and free of charge.
We look forward to a repeat of this successful event!

2006

2006

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At the beginning of April, our KOSATEC Factory Outlet branch at Spechtweg 1 was extended by the Digital Lifestyle PLASMASTUDIO. This is a display area designed for the presentation of high-end monitor screens and home entertainment equipment, in which potential customers can convince themselves of the outstanding selection in peace and quiet.

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As part of the continued expansion of KOSATEC, sales office in Aachen was opened at the beginning of May. With an area of 120 m², the Aachen sales office at Carl-Zeiss-Str. 5 offers plenty of room for more experienced sales personnel, who will provide valuable support for our current 15-man sales team at the company headquarters.

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At the end of May, Braunschweig’s first and only Beach Club, the “Okercabana”, opened its doors. 600 tons of sand, sun-loungers and palms over an area of 2,000 m² beckon visitors to watch World Cup matches, play beach volleyball, or simply relax in the sun. KOSATEC has supplied the Okercabana with three LG 42” plasma screens with specially manufactured weather-protection housings.

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Our annual company meeting was again held at the end of March at the company headquarters in the “Spechtweg”, where the staff of around 100 employees, were presented with the figures for the successful business year 2005, and given a preview of this year’s targets and projects.

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One of the targets is to increase the level of customer care in our wholesale division. A concept has been developed, especially for specialist retailers with shop outlets, which covers marketing services such as personalised product catalogues, right up to online shops. This concept will be presented as part of the new series of “KOSATEC Computer comeIN for Partners” shows, starting from July 2006.

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As part of our policy of promoting new talent, we filled eight new training positions, from the start of the training year in August, for sales people on the wholesale and retail side as well as in external trade, for logistics specialists, for IT systems electronics engineers and IT systems sales people.

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The second “KOSATEC Computer comeIN for Partners” show was held in September. Over 250 invited guests took part and were able to exchange experiences from their daily business life with their designated sales person as well as with each other.
The musical highlight came from Braunschweig’s best-kept secret from the music scene, the band “Silent Radio”, who entertained the delighted guests for over 2 hours.

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Also in September 2006, we supported the City Jazz Night 2006 in Braunschweig, as co-sponsors. More than 12,000 visitors were able listen to some 50 bands at over 40 different locations and experience a musical tour through the fascinating and varied world that is jazz. The 300 musicians who took part included, for example, Kosho from the Söhne Mannheims band, Nneka a soul act from Four Music, Jazzkantine and Jazzanova.

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As part of the expansion of our service offering, we opened the KOSATEC Computer Service Competence Centre (SKC), with a team of 12 service staff. Through having the SKC at the company’s headquarters, we are now in a position to be able to offer consumers in the Braunschweig and Wolfsburg area the know-how and the enhanced services of our engineers. Additionally, the SKC offers a fast, on-site service.

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In November, we hosted the third “KOSATEC Computer comeIN for Partners” show where again, we invited a large number of our wholesale customers.
After a company visit and a presentation of the range of our marketing support services we offer, the buffet supplied by the Braunschweig restaurant Tandure was declared open and the assembled guests were entertained by the band Jazzkantine, with Rapper Cappuccino.
The evening was rounded off with music supplied by Hanovers famous DJ Airknee.

2007

2007

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In January 2007, we sent a specially designed tram out onto the tracks to support our retail business in Braunschweig, which will now travel the streets of the town for at least a year, displaying its company livery.

Thanks to its powerful blue colour and the large graphic design, it is certainly proving to be an eye catcher.

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In order to track down new, publicity-grabbing faces for our advertising activities, such as the monthly TopsellerNews, we launched a competition in February, inviting candidates to become the KOSATEC Computer Model. The competition has generated a lot of interest through its own dedicated web site, offering the public the chance to vote for their favourites.  We plan to hold monthly, professional photo-shoots for one lucky model each time, as part of the competition.

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We made an important and sizeable investment in the future of the company with our first appearance at CeBIT in March 2007.

We presented our wholesale business in the special “Planet Reseller” area, on a two-story booth, covering some 140 m2. We were very pleasantly surprised by the extremely positive feedback from new and existing customers, which certainly made our appearance into a success story.

Our Purchasing Team also received an equally positive feedback from the many manufacturers, who we were able to invite to visit us on our own booth for the first time.

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A further large investment was also made in March. At the end of that month, an enormous shopping mall covering 35,000 m2 was opened in the centre of Braunschweig, housing over 150 businesses. As the region’s favourite PC specialist retailer (Subway reader poll 2001 – 2006), it was obvious that we would also have to be there. Our branch in the Schloss-Arkaden specialises in the area of Mobile Computing and has the largest offering of notebooks in town.

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After a gap of four years (we were involved in 2002, 2002 and 2003), we took part once again as a sponsor of the Norddeutsche Landesbank open ATP Tennis Tournament in Braunschweig. As the presenter of the KOSATEC Computer Players’ Night, we invited 150 business partners from the region to a reception at our headquarters and then brought them to the tennis arena.

At the end of play, over 2,800 visitors finished off the day with a buffet and drinks at the Bolero Bar, accompanied by live music from the band “Silent Radio”.

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As in previous years, we once again supported this year’s CityJazzNight at the end of June/start of July, which has become the most popular jazz festival in North Germany. This year, the event was extended over two days. Numerous bands played at a wide range of locations, some of them out of the ordinary, spread over the whole town and as usual, the CityJazzNight was successful in attracting many visitors from the town and the surrounding area.

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In August we received a visit from the Lower Saxon Ministry of Trade and Industry at our headquarters in Braunschweig. The acting Minster for Trade and Industry in Lower Saxony, Mr Walter Hirche, wanted to gain his own impression of our prospering, and now medium-sized, business. Our general manager, Mr Andreas Sander, was happy to lead the guests around the company.

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With „Ölper12 Pöints 2” the next instalment of the amusing and absurd Braunschweig town district musical program took place in the little house of the Braunschweig town theatre in September. Just like the in first instalment, the band „Jazzkantine” was a significant participant in the 2nd series of this different kind of Eurovision contest. This year the Fischer family energetically supported the event as the district sponsors. More information is available on the website www.oelper12.de.

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This year, the Braunschweig sales force celebrated the “Hansewochenende” once again. The weekend in September invites people to a stroll around the inner city. There are many events at various locations within the pedestrian areas and stages are erected for entertainment events. Local music bands kept spirits high amongst the numerous visitors on the KOSATEC Computer stage.

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The glamorous final of the competition „Become the KOSATEC Computer Model" took place in October. Almost 300 guests were present and among them, the almost 80 participants chosen by online votes. Scrutinised by a specialist jury from fashion, media, music and lifestyle branches along with support from the public, FREDERIKE was declared the winner. The celebrations went on until the early hours with live music from “Silent Radio” and “DJ Fatboy Tim”.
More pictures: www.kosatec.de/model

2008

2008

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KOSATEC Computer has been named "Excellent Distributor" for the second time in a row. 2,500 specialist dealers voted for the best ITK suppliers as part of the CRN poll "Channeltracks". KOSATEC Computer also achieved top marks this year and therefore counts as one of Germany's distribution elite.

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As a result of the extremely positive feedback of our trade fair presence last year, we will be presenting again this year at the CeBIT, the world's biggest trade fair for IT. On a stand area of approx. 210 m², on two stories in "Planet Reseller", professional contacts and productive discussions made our trade fair presence a total success.

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As was the case for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, KOSATEC Systemhaus provided the Okercabana Beachclub with the entertainment electronics for this year's UEFA European Football Championship, in the form of four 42" and one 50" Plasma TV screens. In doing so they provided a brilliant public viewing experience in a relaxed beach atmosphere.

In June we were involved in the NORD/LB Open 2008 ATP tennis tournament as a sponsor and presented the "KOSATEC Computer Player's Night", a large open air party with a live concert by "THE CLOU EXPERIENCE". After the exciting matches, the many visitors enjoyed the laid-back and easy atmosphere and celebrated late into the night.

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As in previous years, KOSATEC Computer is investing in training of future specialists and in August employed 11 new trainees who have commenced their training in the professions of Wholesale and International Trade Specialist, Management Assistant in IT-Systems, IT Systems Engineer, Retail Trader, Warehouse Logistics Specialist, Office Clerk, and Digital Media Designer for Digital und Print.

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At the end of August, the head office of KOSATEC Computer GmbH at the Spechtweg 1 site, used by the company for more than thirteen years, was relocated to the company-owned Carl-Miele-Straße 3 property. Wholesaling, sales and purchasing, marketing, administration, the collection store, service expertise centre, the PC and server factory and the KOSATEC systems house are situated alongside the central warehouse on an area of 10,500 m².

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In October, the Volksbank BraWo and KOSATEC Computer invited VIPs to a reception at the new company headquarters, followed by a VIP party in the legendary KOSATEC Club Lounge at the former Spechtweg 1 site. The highlight of the evening was the performance by Rolf Stahlhofen, who, as a friend of the establishment, provided musical entertainment of the highest quality. More than 300 invited guests enjoyed an all-round successful evening.

2009

2009

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KOSATEC Computers has done the treble: for the third time in a row the business has been distinguished for excellence with the award, “Excellent Distributor”. Once again 2,500 specialist dealers selected the best ITK suppliers as part of the CRN “Channeltracks” survey.

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In March the fourth business information event took place. This year it took place for the second time at the new site at Carl-Miele-Strasse. To the surprise of employees, the previous information event in 2008 took place in the skeleton of the new central warehouse, into which we were yet to move. This year as well the event took the form of a review and overview of current business developments.

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In June of this year we once again took part as sponsors in the Braunschweig Residents’ Brunch organised by the Braunschweig civic trust. More than 10,000 people returned with picnic gear and ate at 1300 beer tent tables.

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KOSATEC also opened another sales office in June, in Passau, right next to Austria. Additional sales representatives will operate at the 100m² Passau site, expanding and supporting the sales teams at headquarters in Braunschweig and the sales office in Aachen.

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In July KOSATEC Computers opened the Sky Office in Aachen, thereby doubling the on-site working area and raising sales capacity. In the glass enclosed Sky-Office, occupying the eighth floor of the distinctive, newly built Q1 office-centre tower in Aachen, the sales team has ideal working conditions in an energetic, premium structure with an impressive view over the town. Additional sales personnel were employed.

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Again KOSATEC Computers has been honoured for special merit in professional training by the Braunschweig Chamber of Industry and Commerce. This year two of our own apprentices were among the best in their year. Traditionally, new apprentices are also employed in August. This year they will be taken on as wholesale and foreign traders, IT systems electronics technicians and as specialists for storage logistics.

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Pilgrimage for IT specialists: KOSATEC Computers employee Jörg Sütterlin is setting off on foot from Braunschweig to the sales office in Aachen and will be visiting all IT specialists en route. You can read his travel report and more information about his initiative under www.kosatec.de/neuewege.

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A reason to celebrate! KOSATEC Computers celebrated one year at its new site in September. The business invested more than €1.3 million in expanding its headquarters and the new two-floored central warehouse, and thereby secured further expansion and jobs for the long term.