North America: Two heavyweights merge

The Canadian marketing organization Independent Distributors (IDI) merges with the largest American purchasing and marketing association Affiliated Distributors (AD) to form AD Canada Industrial & Safety on 1. April 2019. IDI President Rob Dewar will also be the president of the new organization.

IDI brings 107 independent Canadian wholesalers with 364 branches as a dowry into the marriage.

For AD from Wayne / PA, this is the fourth merger in Canada.

AD had total revenue of 41.4 bn USD (36.6 bn EUR) in its 12 divisions (including electrical, sanitation, heating, ventilation, tubes, armatures and building materials) in 2018.