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KD Interactive, announced today it has completed the integration of its North America Kurio products distribution operation. In past years, the distribution of Kurio products in North America was conducted in conjunction with a third-party partner. The completion of this integration exercise marks the final step in bringing the distribution of the Kurio products solely under the KD Group’s control.
Creation of the KD Group
All companies of the former CIDE Group are now gathered under the unique KD Group name.
The CIDE Group of Companies and ELDHOM Benelux sign a joint venture agreement and form ELDHOM Hong-Kong in order to distribute both companies product portfolios
The CIDE Group of Companies, a globally recognized toy industry leading-edge company has signed a joint-venture agreement with northern European distributor Eldohm Benelux – based in the Netherlands, in order to enable growth opportunities through expanded distribution coverage and available synergies on considering both entities product portfolios. Eldohm Netherlands will manage all Marketing, Sales and Distribution operations in the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Flemish speaking part of Belgium. Additionally, the companies also signed a concurrent contract which incorporates Eldhom Hong Kong, which will allow for this Pacific-Rim based operation to sell, market and distribute both companies wide and varied product portfolios to globally recognized retailers.
CronLab enters into a worldwide strategic partnership with CIDE Interactive, part of the CIDE Group of Companies
CronLab has signed a partnership agreement with CIDE Interactive to become its expert content security partner worldwide. CIDE Interactive has chosen CronLab to bring the technological know-how required to help deliver the appropriate online safety environment to their future high tech devices. In particular, CIDE Interactive have integrated CronLab’s web filtering service into the upcoming Kurio tablets’ parental control feature. “We are very pleased to announce our strategic partnership with CIDE Interactive […]. CronLab is hence proud to provide one such incorporated new technology, which will specifically focus on protecting children from potential unwanted web content as well as threats and thus promote their learning via the safe online usage of high tech devices […].” Guy-Edward Waterland, Chief Commercial Officer, CronLab. “We are delighted to enter into this important strategic partnership with CronLab, who have enabled us to address the main concern that both the educators and the parents of our ultimate consumers have. We are indeed now in a position to offer products delivering a comprehensive online environment to children; safe in the knowledge that only content that is relevant to them can be accessed.” Eric Wolff, General Manager, CIDE Interactive.
Kurio Android tablet awarded the ‘Best of Show’ price at the UK Toy Fair
CIDE INTERACTIVE’s breakthrough Kurio Android tablet for kids was honoured with the ‘Best of Show’ award at the UK’s Toy Fair 2012 by The Gagdet Show Live. “We are overwhelmed and delighted that the Kurio has been awarded Best In Show by The Gadget Show Live. The fantastic response from the toy industry and consumers has exceeded our expectations, and we’re very excited about launching the first ‘grown-up’ tablet for kids this summer” said Tracey Devine, UK marketing manager at Inspiration Works (UK).
Creation of Eldhom Hong Kong
CIDE INTERACTIVE and TECHNO SOURCE agree distribution rights to Kurio for North America
CIDE Interactive, a French based global toy industry leading-edge company dedicated to incorporating new technologies with learning and the development of childhood comprehension has entered an agreement with toy innovator Techno Source – a division of LF Products, in order to distribute the Kurio line of Android-based tablets in North America. Kurio is a 7″ multi-touch-screen Wi-Fi-enabled tablet with an open Android system that allows parents to monitor and control their child’s interaction while online. Advanced parental controls – found in a password protected parental area – enable management of internet access, application store access and purchase control, time control options, and more. Parents can set different controls for each user profile, expanding access as the child becomes older. “Kurio was introduced at London and Nuremberg Toy Fairs with much fanfare,” said Eric Levin, Division Head, Techno Source. “It was awarded “Best of Show” and we knew immediately that we wanted to be the ones to introduce it to the North American market. Kurio will be a game-changer in the global tablet market.” “We received a lot of interest in Kurio, but in the end, we chose Techno Source as our North American partner because of their passion, powerful distribution network and proven ability to market products to parents and children,” said Eric Wolff, General Manager, CIDE Interactive.
The CIDE Group of Companies welcome TALDEC Communications to the group
The CIDE Group of Companies, a globally recognized toy industry leading-edge company proudly announces the acquisition of and welcome TALDEC COMMUNICATIONS – a Paris based company, to the holdings group. Mr Dominique Garnier will operate as General Manager of the new entity, and the company will remain in its current Paris location, while managing all Marketing, Sales and Distribution operations for France and French speaking Switzerland and Belgium. In addition to the CIDE Group of Companies current product portfolio, Taldec Communications will continue to distribute its wide range of varied and diverse toys, licensed products, art and craft supplies and stationary.
Creation of CIDE Productions
Inspiration Works – Licensing award
The Licensing Awards have really become accolades to strive for, their integrity is unquestioned as an endorsement of excellence. And the Awards event itself, which this year moved to The Grosvenor House Hotel in London, really was an extravaganza that befits the dynamism of the industry. The Licensing Awards are owned and organised by The Licensing Source Book (published by Max Publishing). Over 1,300 execs gathered for the annual glittering Licensing Awards in The Great Room hosted by The Inbetweeners star, Greg Davis. And for the second consecutive year Inspiration Works (UK) was recognised for its Peppa Pig Electronic Learning range in the Best Licensed Written, Listening or Learning Range.