Avnet Electronics Focuses on Defense/Aero Channel with New Team

10/16/2003 - Avnet Electronics Marketing announced the formation of a team of product, market and supply chain specialists who are exclusively focused and dedicated to defense/aero and homeland security business channels.

Avnet has served the defense/aero industry since before World War II with sales of components to radio communications and aircraft manufacturers. Over the past 50 years, Avnet has continued to develop an expanding range of services in support of this industry. OEMs and suppliers can depend on this experience as they develop the best logistics and supply chain capabilities to serve their defense/aero end customers.

Frank Hardin, senior vice president of Avnet Electronics Marketing, is heading up the team of seasoned veterans in this important market segment. "Frank has been with Avnet for more than 20 years, half of that specializing in military products, and the other half in supply chain," said Harley Feldberg, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas. "He brings a wealth of valuable and pertinent experience to these customers and suppliers."

"Avnet has a long history serving the defense/aero market, and now we have significantly increased our investment and renewed our commitment to serving this customer base," said Hardin. "This team has the expertise to leverage all the Avnet Electronics Marketing resources available to support these critical customers. It is our intent to help implement Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas' Core Distribution Services and industry-leading supply chain technology in this important market channel," he said.

The new team is chartered with driving an enterprisewide strategy across multiple OEM sites and subcontractors, to help meet the changing needs of these customers and their suppliers. In addition to traditional distribution services like on-the-shelf inventory, lead-time management, scheduling flexibility, asset management and physical value-added services, customers are requiring more sophisticated supply chain programs, such as bill-of-material (BOM) management, bonded inventory, vendor-managed inventory, Point Of Use Replenishment Systems (POURS(TM)), In-Plant stores and material logistics solutions. Defense/Aero customers are also looking for support in design, production, cost avoidance and implementation of best commercial practices.

Avnet's new Defense/Aero team offers specialized programs such as:

The Defense/Aero Channel Management team:

About Avnet Electronics Marketing
Avnet Electronics Marketing is the largest operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company with fiscal 2003 revenues of $9 billion, and one of the world's largest technology marketing, distribution and services companies. Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas (EMA) serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in North America and Brazil through three focused business divisions, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated services. Avnet Cilicon focuses solely on semiconductors with dedicated channels to specific end-market segments; Avnet IP&E is the leading interconnect, passive and electromechanical components specialist; and Avnet Supply Chain Services provides end-to-end supply chain optimization programs. The company's Web site is located at www.em.avnet.com.

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