Brisbane-based corporate dealer, Western Computer, has been placed in administration and is for sale, after being privately owned by its founders for more than 20 years.
Peter Geroff and Will Colwell, of Ferrier Hodgson, were appointed as administrators on Monday, July 7. After laying off some staff, the administrator’s now plan to continue to trade the business and prepare it for a quick sale.
Established in 1980 in the Brisbane CBD, the company builds its own brand of workstation, notebook, “microstation” and thin-client personal computers, as well as servers and storage solutions.
About a quarter of the company’s business was the provision of network services, support contracts and training to its customers.
Western is certified as an Intel Premiere partner, a SCO Premiere partner, a Citrix Solutions Silver Reseller, a Novell NetExpert and is also Microsoft Certified Network Provider.
On the training side, Western is an authorised education centre for Novell and an authorised learning centre for Citrix products.
About half of the system builder’s business comes from the Government sector, the rest from corporate and SME customers, according to reseller statisticians Inform.
A spokesperson for Ferrier Hodgson said that advertisements would be placed in local papers on the weekend advertising the business for sale. An information memorandum is available for potential acquirers from the administrator, subject to signing a confidentiality agreement.
The spokesperson said the administrators were already speaking to interested parties. Offers to purchase the company close on Thursday, July 17, at 4pm.
The company’s founder, Richard Fraser, is still employed by the company but was not prepared to comment.