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28th October 2009 / Wendy Jane Preston

Harwin extends Avnet Abacus agreement

Harwin Avnet Abacus Franchise Extension

High-reliability interconnect company Harwin has extended its distribution agreement with Avnet Abacus to cover the whole of Europe, including Eastern Europe and Spain. The agreement builds on a long term and successful partnership between the two companies.

According to Andrew McQuilken, Managing Director at Harwin: "Avnet Abacus provides exemplary customer service through an extensive network of regional offices covering all major European nations. They have the scale and resources of a large global organisation, allied to the personal service, customer presence and relationships of a local distributor. We are excited about taking our association with them into new geographies."

Alan Jermyn, Vice President of Marketing for Avnet Abacus, added, "This agreement represents a major endorsement from such a prestigious established name in the electronic component industry. Harwin is a responsive and innovative manufacturer with a reputation for coming to market quickly with new solutions as the requirements of new technology emerge. They will benefit very fully from our product to customer approach. We are offering Harwin customers throughout Europe in depth, system level support from an exceptional team of product specialists."

Avnet Abacus brings together Avnet Time and the associated products represented by the Abacus Group, which was acquired by Avnet in January 2009. Abacus Group was named as Harwin’s Pan-European Distributor of the Year in 2008. Avnet Abacus is a pan-European organisation with aggregate gross sales in 2008 of over €300 million through 45 offices in 19 countries. Headquartered in Poing, Germany, Avnet Abacus has over 450 staff supporting in excess of 13,000 customers with products from 42 pan-European franchised suppliers and complimented by a further range of strong local suppliers. Avnet Abacus is part of Avnet Electronics Marketing, the number one distributor of electronic components to the industrial market in EMEA. Avnet Abacus is served internally by Avnet Logistics, the common integrated pan-European logistical backbone and enjoys Avnet’s industry leading supply-chain services & management capabilities as well as the global corporate power and financial strength of Avnet Electronics Marketing.

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