More details have emerged regarding the European alliance between Umax and Microtek.

It appears the deal is confined to Europe only. The two companies have got together to "increase their joint competitive advantage" and to "expand their leading role in the graphics industry in years to come," Umax said in a statement.

"This partnership is expected to strengthen both companies' position especially in the consumer and mid-range areas and to enable them to better face the challenges of their major competitors HP and Epson," the company explained.

Umax is becoming the exclusive pan-European distributor of Microtek's ScanMaker and ArtixScan products. It will handle logistics, sales, marketing, support and finances for the company.

The alliance came into effect on February 16.