The Technology Channels Association – the new trade body formed out of the merger of the former PCA and the MTA – is eager to forge alliances with organisations in other sectors, as it looks to provide a more holistic representative force for the technology industry.
The newly formed body is reaching out to the telecoms and internet sectors as part of this push, after announcing it would welcome discussions with smaller organisations in the PC sector "that feel they might benefit by being part of a more powerful group".
"The TCA is engaging with other not-for-profit trade organisations, as we all have the common goal of making the channel a respectable place to do business," said chairman Robert French. "We are speaking to vendors, distributors and buying groups from all sectors of technology channels to build more informed networking activity. The results of this will be shown at the regional meetings across the UK planned for October 2009."
The TCA didn't comment on how it saw relationships progressing with specific semi-rival groups in the PC channel (such as ITACS and NASCR), but founder of buying group Brigantia Iain Shaw said: "If the decks have been cleared and this is a genuine new start, then it will have my support."