Toshiba Selects Avnet Europe Valued Distributor of the Year

6/2/2003 - Avnet Applied Computing received Toshiba's ‘Valued Distributor of the Year' award for the third year in a row. Martin Larsson, general manager, and Stefan Dalheimer, head of European channel sales from Toshiba's Storage Device Division, presented the award to Stefan Kluijtmans, European product manager for Avnet Applied Computing Components during a ceremony in Athens, Greece.

Sukh Rayat, vice-president of Avnet Applied Computing Components Europe comments: "This award is a result of the close collaboration between Toshiba and Avnet Applied Computing in Europe and again confirms the strength of our relationship. And that collaboration can only improve in the future. In addition to the existing focus on the volume market, Toshiba intends to direct more and more attention to industrial solutions in the future. This will be of particular interest to our growing business unit, Avnet Applied Computing Solutions, which specialises in that area."

Avnet Applied Computing has been the largest pan-European distributor for Toshiba's Storage Device Division for many years. Martin Larsson explains: "Our relationship with Avnet goes back a long way and we take great pride in having worked with them so professionally for so long. We are naturally looking forward to building on this successful relationship to expand our business and cooperation into new territories, both now and in the future."

A business unit of Avnet Applied Computing, Avnet Applied Computing Components supplies a range of products including hard disk drives and opticals to system integrators and suppliers of high volume storage. Toshiba manufactures 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch hard disk drives and is the world's largest manufacturer of DVD-ROM drives.

About Toshiba
Toshiba's Storage Device Division (SDD) leads the market in the development, design and manufacture of DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, combination CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives and 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch hard disk drives. Inherent to the company's philosophy and product lines is its commitment to high quality engineering and manufacturing. This philosophy has ensured that Toshiba products continue to be chosen by the world's leading PC manufacturers and component distributors alike.

About Avnet Applied Computing
Distribution specialist Avnet Applied Computing has structured itself to serve original equipment manufacturers and system builders that use computing technologies such as CPUs, mass storage, displays, embedded computing boards, commercial motherboards, memory modules, networking and software products. The company also offers a range of related services, including engineering assistance, supply-chain management, financing, physical distribution and integration of end products. Avnet Applied Computing, with operations in North America, Europe and Asia, is an operating group of technology marketing, distribution and services company Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT). More information is available on the company's Website:

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