Avnet opens technology integration center in Joinville, Brazil

June 28, 2012
New facility to accelerate Avnet’s growth in the region, reflects growing demand for high-end technology services

Global technology distributor Avnet Inc. expanded its value-added services in Latin America with the opening of a new full-service technology integration center in Joinville, Brazil, this week.

The 48,000-square-foot facility provides integration services for the company’s embedded technology customers, served through its Avnet Embedded business, as well as its Avnet Technology Solutions’ original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value-added resellers (VARs) and supply chain partners. Avnet now operates technology integration facilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The center is yet another step in Avnet’s strategy to accelerate growth in the region and reflects growing demand for higher-end technology integration services such as complex system configurations and software customization, said the distributor’s chief global logistics and operations officer Gerry Fay.

The Joinville facility can ship more than 135,000 technology systems annually and provides hardware integration, software configuration, system maintenance, diagnostics and functional testing, as well as comprehensive packaging and logistics solutions support. It will also have a first article lab, technology engineering team and fulfillment center with high-bay warehouse space, company officials said.

“The opening of our Joinville integration center marks a milestone in our Latin American growth strategy and is an important addition to Avnet Embedded’s global service capabilities,” added Chuck Kostalnick, senior vice president of Avnet Embedded. “The center will help both local technology firms looking for high-quality services, and global companies who want to expand their footprint in the region through a trusted partner.”  

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Victoria Fraza Kickham | Distribution Editor

Victoria Kickham is the distribution editor for Electronic Design magazine, SourceESB and GlobalPurchasing.com, where she covers issues related to the electronics supply chain. Victoria started out as a general assignment reporter for several Boston-area newspapers before joining Industrial Distribution magazine, where she spent 14 years covering industrial markets. She served as ID’s managing editor from 2000 to 2010. Victoria has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in English from Northeastern University.