Sony DADC Austria AG today announces the strategic acquisition of the distribution company “Entertainment Network Scandinavia (ENS)”. The 16,000m² distribution centre ships more than 30 million units per annum and is strategically located between the region’s largest cities: 400km from Stockholm, 350km from Oslo, 300km from Copenhagen and 800km from Helsinki. The ENS acquisition contributes to the expansion of Sony DADC’s full service offering to entertainment and software customers in the Nordic states – an offering including every stage from content preparation via disc manufacture to final product distribution and cash collection.

ENS was formed in 2000 by the three major music labels EMI, Sony BMG and Universal. “Our existing customers come from the music and games industry and we will continue to provide excellent services to Nordic retail, having signed a long term service agreement with the former owners. Being part of the Sony DADC network, we combine the best of both worlds: ENS’ good reputation for high quality distribution services embedded in Sony DADC’s European supply chain” states Stig Ingelström, Managing Director of ENS.

“With this acquisition we are now a truly pan-European supply chain service provider for the entertainment and software industry. Our customers benefit from manufacturing locations in Austria & UK and distribution centres in Enfield/UK, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris – and now also from an industry-leading position in the Nordic region,” states Chris Reiser, Executive Vice President, Sony DADC International.

“Already in the past years we have developed strong ties with ENS. Since January 2007, ENS has been using CDS, a web-based logistics solution developed by Sony DADC, which was overwhelmingly accepted throughout their client base” explains Thomas Irnberger, Director Distribution at Sony DADC. “Customised IT solutions are a key enabler of all of our European distribution sites, supporting full ‘order-to-cash solutions’ for the entertainment industry.”