ITS close relations with Taiwanese hardware maker Lite-On appear to have won distributor Zcom Computer Wholesale an exclusive HP distribution deal.
Lite-On was contracted in February this year by HP to manufacture, market, support and distribute HP-branded DVD writer products.
Zcom distributes Lite-On in New Zealand and says it has been awarded the exclusive agency for HP optical drives in the country.
Managing director Jimmy Chang says the contract was won through HP’s regional head office in Singapore, but at time of press HP New Zealand was unable to confirm this.
The deal covers HP LightScribe DVD writers, DVD/CD combos and external optical drives and is valid for the next year, after which it will be reviewed, says Chang.
Meanwhile, HP distributor Exeed has stopped stocking HP optical drives since the Lite-On deal was struck. Andrew Bain of Exeed says the drives were not a major focus for the company as they are mainly consumer orientated.
“HP has such a broad range and we need to be selective in where we apply our focus,” he says.
“There will be no impact on the commercial desktop or PC range, just on the consumer products.”
He says Exeed can still offer commercial clients a choice of optical drives through HP’s build-to-order scheme. Sources close to HP’s other main distributor, Ingram Micro, suggest it will also no longer stock HP drives, but this was not confirmed by deadline.