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Avnet starts Belgian hub expansion

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 29 April 2008

Global distribution and services giant Avnet has started work on a 10,000 square metre expansion of its central distribution centre in Tongeren, Belgium. The centre houses a pan-European distribution and logistics operation. It also includes an integration centre, primarily serving Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) customers in EMEA.

The extension at Tongeren will take the area of the facility to 34,000 square metres – equivalent to approximately five football pitches. Once complete, Avnet will have doubled the size of its integration services area.

Dick Borsboom, president of ATS EMEA, said: "This new expansion will provide the needed capacity to meet Avnet’s growth in EMEA. As the leading distributor of electronic components and computer equipment, Avnet controls a highly specialised supply chain. Doubling our integration infrastructure will underpin our strategy of delivering high value-added services for our business partners."

A wide range of high value-added integration and logistic services for Avnet’s business partners are delivered from the Tongeren facility. In 2007, more than eight million enterprise servers, storage devices, thin clients, wireless mobility devices and other information technology equipment components were shipped through the centre.

Avnet also provides logistics services from the centre, including supply chain services, demand planning, warehousing, transportation management and logistics network design.

Jim Smith, president of Avnet Logistics, said, "With double the current capacity for integration services and high bay, narrow aisle storage, the expanded Avnet distribution centre will allow us to offer even better service to our customers throughout EMEA."

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