Avnet unveils new global integration and logistics facility


CHANDLER, Ariz., Oct 20, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Furthering its commitment to provide its customers with industry-leading capabilities and services, Avnet, Inc. today announced the grand opening of a state-of-the-art, 228,000 square-foot technology integration and logistics facility -- the Avnet Global Solutions Center. The facility provides integration services and support for Avnet Technology Solutions' value-added reseller (VAR) and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers and roughly doubles the company's Americas integration capacity.

"Increasing demand for Avnet's higher-end technology integration services, such as complex server configurations and software customization, drove our need for additional capacity. With the opening of the new integration and logistics facility, Avnet continues to invest in our ability to provide valuable services that enable our partners to accelerate their growth and to pursue global opportunities. The center also allows us to capitalize on our global scale by enhancing our abilities to design a solution once and build it anywhere around the globe," commented Roy Vallee, chairman and chief executive officer of Avnet.

Located in Chandler, Arizona, the Avnet Global Solutions Center includes:

-- 118,000 square feet of high-bay warehouse space with 10,000 pallet locations featuring wire-guided forklifts and a new state-of-the-art warehouse management system

-- A 45,000 square-foot integration center

-- Dedicated receiving and outbound shipping areas for fast, efficient receipt of shipment to and from customers

-- A 3,000 square-foot First Article lab

-- A 3,000 square-foot repair depot.

Additionally, the facility is certified to ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001, for quality assurance and ISO 13485 for medical compliance. In addition, the new facility incorporates several features designed to reduce Avnet's energy consumption, such as customized insulation and motion-sensor controlled lighting.

"The Global Solutions Center is an example of Avnet's continuous investment in programs and services that help ensure our partners and customers maintain a competitive edge," said Jeff Bawol, president, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. "Solutions sales are growing at an incredible pace, and the services available through Avnet's Global Solutions Center help our customers continue to evolve into complete solution providers, delivering total integrated solutions that drive their growth. This new facility can meet integration requests of any scope quickly and effectively, ultimately cutting costs and speeding time-to-market for our VAR and OEM customers. We're excited about the size and increased capabilities the new space brings and look forward to helping our customers continue to move their businesses forward."

With the capacity to build and ship over 700,000 technology systems annually, the Avnet Global Solutions Center provides a breadth of services for Avnet's customers, including hardware integration, software configuration, packaging and logistics, and systems maintenance. More than 150 fully-certified engineers and technicians serve the facility.

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