Avnet Selected as European Distributor of the Year

7/16/2003 - Distribution specialist Avnet Applied Computing has been named European Distributor of the Year 2003 by Quantum, the world's largest supplier of tape drives.

James Lee, Quantum Distribution Sales Manager EMEA: "Avnet Applied Computing has done an excellent job and deserved the Distributor of the Year 2003 award. They have been working closely with Quantum sales to facilitate channel business in Germany, based around solid logistics, efficient sales operations and close relationships with Quantum. Avnet Applied Computing is one of our key European channel partners."

Helmut Kopel, Avnet Applied Computing European Product Manager, Storage, received the award from Stefan Berthmann, Quantum Channel Manager Central Europe. "The award brings out our successful business relationship with Quantum. The excellent cooperation of the Quantum and Avnet Applied Computing sales teams allows us to offer outstanding services for channel partners. This is the perfect base to develop new markets for Quantum storage management solutions," Kopel said.

About Quantum
Quantum Corp. (NYSE:DSS), founded in 1980, is a global leader in data protection and network storage systems, meeting the needs of business customers with enterprise-wide storage solutions and services. Quantum is the world's largest supplier of tape drives, and its DLTtapeTM technology is the standard for backup, archiving, and recovery of mission-critical data. Quantum is a leader in the design, manufacture and service of automated tape libraries used to manage, store and transfer data. In addition to having the largest installed base of Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances of any NAS supplier, Quantum is the leader in the workgroup NAS market category. Quantum sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2002, were approximately $1.1 billion. Quantum Corp., 501 Sycamore Dr., Milpitas, CA 95305, (408) 944-4000, www.quantum.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. Its 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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