Umax has entered an alliance Microtek in a trans-European deal that concluded in February.

Umax is taking on the role of an exclusive pan-European distributor of Microtek's ScanMaker and ArtxScan products.

Umax country manager Anne Tai explained Umax's plans: "We are trying to take over everything from Microtek," she said, clarifying that the takeover would also include Microtek's current distributor's existing products and product support/warranty business.

Complete details of the deal remain to be announced. "It's early days," said Tai. "We expect to release more details next week."

Tai stressed that Umax's move shows the company's commitment to the market for scanners, despite occasional industry rumours in recent years.

"We are definitely very committed to the market," she said.

MicroTek's product portfolio includes the ArtixScan, ScanMaker, Filmscan and TurboScan scanner ranges, as well as Take-It digital cameras.