Avnet Applied Computing Helps Symbol Technologies Expand into Europe

6/18/2003 - Distribution specialist Avnet Applied Computing has signed a pan-European distribution agreement with Symbol Technologies, the market leader in mobile data collection and a pioneer in wireless technology.

Following a successful, two-year distribution agreement with Symbol Technologies in the United States, Avnet Applied Computing is now expanding its agreement with Symbol to distribute its products in Europe. Through the unique sales structures of Avnet Applied Computing in Europe, Symbol Technologies has now gained access to new markets for its wireless switching solutions. With its two divisions, Applied Computing Market Development (ACMD) and Applied Computing Solutions (ACS), Avnet Applied Computing covers not only the European retail network, but also the European original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market.

"Symbol's embedded technologies are an ideal supplement to the existing ACS product portfolio. They give OEMs and system integrators access to Symbol's scan engines, mobile data collection platforms and wireless technologies, which they can now integrate into their own systems," said Gerhard Hundt, Senior Vice President of Avnet Applied Computing Market Development in Europe and Managing Director of Avnet Applied Computing Germany.

Symbol has long been established as a solution provider. It is the world leader in the development, manufacturing and sale of mobile data networks, mobile computers, barcode scanners and complete WLAN solutions and the relevant software, and it provides these products in a one-stop shopping system. Symbol is also the first manufacturer to offer a switch-based wireless architecture as a marketable product.

According to Gerhard Hundt, "Symbol Technologies is one of the trendsetters in wireless LAN and has had a significant hand in setting up technological standards. Over the next few years there will be an increase in the use of wireless networks in all sectors of commerce and industry. Our collaboration with Symbol Technologies gives us an excellent basis for providing our partners with customized solution in WLAN."

About Symbol Technologies
Symbol Technologies Inc. is a leading worldwide enterprise in mobile data management systems and services. Its innovative solutions are based on wireless networks for data and voice communication, application-specific mobile computers and data collection through barcodes. Symbol and its worldwide network of partners provides wireless mobile LAN and WAN solutions, ranging from the corporate level to the sales force, as well as sectors such as the retail trade, transport, logistics, industry, parcels services, courier services, the health sector and the service sector. Symbol solutions are used in production halls, warehouses, offices and private households. Further details can be found at www.symbol.com.

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. With its Applied Computing Market Development (ACMD) division, Avnet Applied Computing concentrates on network and storage solutions, while targeting mainly value added resellers (VARs) and system integrators with its wireless switch and wireless standalone solutions. Applied Computing Solutions (ACS) specializes in providing design, integration and production services for companies developing application-specific computer solutions. Its target customers include, among others, OEMs and manufacturers of embedded systems. With its in-house integration centre, Avnet Applied Computing in Nettetal, Germany, is also in a position to offer customized services for projects.

Avnet Applied Computing's related services include engineering assistance, supply-chain management, financing, physical distribution and integration of end products. Avnet Applied Computing, an operating group of technology marketing, distribution and services provider Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), has operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Its Website is located at www.aac.avnet.com

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