Cancom has acquired the business assets of MacLine, the Cambridge-based Apple reseller that ceased trading on Monday night.

The transaction took place on yesterday, following the appointment of receivers to the previous owners, MacLine Ltd.

Ten former members of staff have been taken on by Cancom. Cancom claims that the business was "up and running" immediately with "no disruption to services at all".

Cancom anticipates that the former AppleCentre Cambridge will re-open and continue to service the local Mac community – including installation, maintenance and support services. All back-office operations - including accounting, warehousing and administration - will be covered from Cancom's head office in Guildford, Surrey.

MacLine's stand (150) at November's MacExpo 2001 will now be known as the Cancom-MacLine Village.

Expansion plans Cancom managing director Max Wright said: "Following on from our recent acquisition of Mygate, the addition of the MacLine business enables us to further expand our base of top-quality AppleCentres, and be able to service the Cambridge and East Anglian areas as well".

"Our goal is to become the No. 1 Apple Reseller in the U.K. - in both size and quality of service. Our parent company in Germany, Cancom AG, has already achieved that in Germany, and we are now well on the way to doing the same, here. Our concept of local AppleCentres supported by an efficient, centralized logistics operation means that customers can buy from us however they like - in person, by telephone or via our Web sites, and be assured of the same pricing and quality of service, whichever method they choose".

Wright claims that "further acquisitions are in the pipeline".

A Macline source told Macworld: “The takeover is beneficial to us because Cancom is a bigger company, so there's less risk. We can also now take advantage of lower buying prices. Our stress levels are also lower. And we're learning new things.

“Right now I am just looking forward to Christmas,” he added.