Microtek, the desktop-scanner manufacturer, has appointed Johnsons Photopia as its exclusive distributor in the UK, parting company with previous distributor, Computers Unlimited. Johnsons will distribute all Microtek's products in the UK, and take over the company's Technical Support program.

Kevin Lamb, Microtek's UK sales and marketing manager, said : "This appointment is thoroughly deserved. Johnsons Photopia have added real value to our products in our previous dealings, they have become an extension of our own sales and marketing activities." Mike Edwards, Photopia's Marketing Director said the firm, "was delighted", and that the company believed the deal was "just reward for our consistent hard work on behalf of Microtek".

Industry observers believe the decision is due to change of strategy by the scanner company, attempting to move from the low/mid range into the high-end scanner market.

Computers Unlimited was unavailable for comment.