Global technology distributor Avnet Inc. expanded its value-added services in Latin America with the opening of a new full-service technology integration center in Joinville, Brazil, this week.
The 48,000-square-foot facility provides integration services for the company’s embedded technology customers, served through its Avnet Embedded business, as well as its Avnet Technology Solutions’ original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value-added resellers (VARs) and supply chain partners. Avnet now operates technology integration facilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
The center is yet another step in Avnet’s strategy to accelerate growth in the region and reflects growing demand for higher-end technology integration services such as complex system configurations and software customization, said the distributor’s chief global logistics and operations officer Gerry Fay.
The Joinville facility can ship more than 135,000 technology systems annually and provides hardware integration, software configuration, system maintenance, diagnostics and functional testing, as well as comprehensive packaging and logistics solutions support. It will also have a first article lab, technology engineering team and fulfillment center with high-bay warehouse space, company officials said.
“The opening of our Joinville integration center marks a milestone in our Latin American growth strategy and is an important addition to Avnet Embedded’s global service capabilities,” added Chuck Kostalnick, senior vice president of Avnet Embedded. “The center will help both local technology firms looking for high-quality services, and global companies who want to expand their footprint in the region through a trusted partner.”