Acer and Winthrop win $27m WA tender

Acer and Winthrop win $27m WA tender

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Acer and WA-based reseller, Winthrop, have scored a $27 million deal to provide notebooks to 16,000 public school teachers in WA.

The renewed tender agreement with the Department of Education and Training (DET) will see the two supply and service Acer's TravelMate 4000 series of notebooks to staff at 800 WA public schools over the next three years.

Acer and Winthrop had previously paired up in 2001 for the original Notebook for Teachers Program tender. The vendor's WA state manager, Roger Heale, said its latest success was a reflection of the commitment and ongoing relationship between DET, Winthrop and Acer.

Winthrop general manager, Cedric Celestine, said it would be providing training and repair services, as well as assisting Acer with the delivery of the notebooks to schools. Winthrop had jointly written the tender with Acer, he added.

While the latest contract was similar to its previous win in 2001, Celestine said there were more elements to consider under the new tender. For example, the pair had been required to devise plans for reclaiming the existing notebooks being used by teachers across the state, he said.

Winthrop concentrates solely on the education sector, with a particular focus on the higher education market. The reseller had also worked with Acer on a number of other education accounts, including the DET's K-12 panel contract.

The new $27m contract was a significant win for Winthrop, he said.

"This is a large deal for us, but it's comparable to other education deals we have," he said.

The WA deal is the second public education triumph for Acer this year. In January, the vendor announced it had won a $4 million deal in conjunction with reseller partner, Iris Computer, to supply its 5700 series of TravelMate notebooks to public schools to the Tasmanian Department of Education and Training.

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