PHOENIX -- The Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), and Kontron America, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance and long-life embedded computing technology solutions, today announced a distribution agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Avnet will distribute Kontron’s innovative embedded boards, mezzanines, computer-on-modules, systems and platforms across North and South America.
Kontron is committed to engineering and quality excellence, offering solutions based on a variety of architectures, form factors and processing power levels. “We look forward to the strategic engagement with Avnet’s extensive customer base. Kontron’s engineering expertise will help enable these customers to achieve a faster time to market with our proven embedded computing technology,” stated Michael Kadri, Kontron's vice president of sales for Americas.
“An increasing number of Avnet customers are utilizing embedded computing technologies, such as those offered by Kontron, for their applications,” said Jeff Ittel, senior vice president of semiconductors for Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. “The addition of Kontron greatly enhances our range of solutions and delivers strategic flexibility to OEMs across the Americas.”
“We have extensively evaluated the other major distributors and have concluded that Avnet fits very well within our overall strategy,” added Marc Brown, president of Kontron America. “Avnet’s value-based engineering and integration support are a tremendous complement to our leading-edge portfolio.”
For more information, please visit www.em.avnet.com/kontron.
Kontron designs and manufactures standard-based and custom embedded and communications solutions for OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontron's diverse product portfolio includes: boards and mezzanines, Computer-on-Modules, HMIs and displays, systems, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance. The company is a recent three-time VDC Platinum vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC." For more information, please visit: http://www.kontron.com.
About Avnet Electronics Marketing
Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company. Avnet Electronics Marketing serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's Web site is located at http://www.em.avnet.com.
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and technology services and solutions with more than 300 locations serving more than 70 countries worldwide. The company markets, distributes and optimizes the supply-chain and provides design-chain services for the products of the world's leading electronic component suppliers, enterprise computer manufacturers and embedded subsystem providers. Avnet brings a breadth and depth of capabilities, such as maximizing inventory efficiency, managing logistics, assembling products and providing engineering design assistance for its 100,000 customers, accelerating their growth through cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, Avnet generated revenue of $15.68 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com
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