EMPA denies Middle East withdrawal

PC components distributor EMPA has denied that it is closing its Middle East office. The company had been linked to newspaper reports that a local leading IT firm was about to go bust, but EMPA denied that this was the case.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  October 22, 2001

PC components distributor EMPA has denied that it is closing its Middle East office. The company had been linked to newspaper reports that a local leading IT firm was about to go bust, but EMPA denied that this was the case.

“We are undergoing a reorganisation, we are not closing the office,” said Yesim Bahaeir, public relations manager at EMPA’s Istanbul headquarters. “We have to reorganise to be prepared to handle the market, so that is what we are doing at this time.”

Bahaeir said she had no information on staff cuts in the Middle East. EMPA, a Turkish company, with offices in Cairo and Jebel Ali in Dubai, is a components distributor for Intel and Creative, among others.

The report, in the Gulf News last week, said that a leading distributor was in financial difficulties and was on the verge of closure, with market sources naming EMPA as the troubled company.

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