American distributor Avnet has promoted Patrick Zammit to serve as global president for Avnet Technology Solutions, one of two global operating groups within Avnet. Zammit previously served as president of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA. Zammit will be responsible for the strategic direction, day-to-day operations and performance of the group globally. Zammit's appointment is effective immediately, and he will report directly to Avnet Chief Executive Officer Rick Hamada, succeeding Phil Gallagher. As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions transforms technology into business solutions for customers around the world. It collaborates with customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the changing needs of end-user customers. The group serves customers and suppliers in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated €8.3 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2014. Zammit began his career with Arthur Andersen and joined Avnet in 1993. He held a series of positions in finance, operations and strategic planning and served as president of EBV Elektronik, an Avnet company, before being promoted to regional president of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA in 2006. He graduated from the Business School ESLSCA with the French equivalent of a master's degree in business administration. Zammit succeeds Phil Gallagher who remains with Avnet to help ensure a smooth leadership transition.
Avnet eyes return to European M&A scene
After taking a break to "digest" its latest acquisitions, American multispecialist Avnet could be set to get back on the M&A trail in Europe next year, with converged systems, security, and licensing renewals earmarked as key target areas. The firm has not made any buyouts in Europe for a year, since the acquisition of German embedded electronics specialist MSC. A voluntary hiatus as the distributor seemingly needed time to digest Magirus, the last major acquisition in the past seven or eight years. Now that is its ready to enter the M&A arena, Avnet may look to turn its focus towards different areas. The future deals are geared towards new competencies and higher-value market areas, such as onverged systems, security (on a pan-European basis, especially around Cisco and RSA), license renewals and services (source : Channelnomics EU).
MSC displays on AUO
Embedded computing specialist MSC Technologies has expanded its product portfolio of public information displays from AUO with a further stretched version. The stretched panel with a half Full HD resolution of 1920 x 540 pixels has a 96.5 cm diagonal and is comparable with the half of a 106.7 cm display. Until now, stretched displays were used primarily in gaming applications. In the meantime, they are being used more and more in many areas of daily life where it must be possible to frequently modify the information displayed. Examples of this are trains, trams, buses and stations providing passengers with information. The displays are also suited as direction signs or information signs, for example, for visitors of an event. The small information panels can be installed either vertically or horizontally. They are available through MSC offices in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.
Semiconductor and embedded computing specialist MSC Technologies has concluded its new company structure. MSC Vertriebs GmbH and Gleichmann & Co. Electronics GmbH are merged to MSC Technologies GmbH (HQ: Stutensee). MSC Freiburg GmbH, Display Elektronik & Design GmbH and DSM Computer GmbH trade under MSC Technologies Systems GmbH (HQ: Freiburg). According to Manfred Schwarztrauber, president of MSC Technologies, "with this step, all companies in the MSC Gleichmann Group have now been successfully merged into the two new companies MSC Technologies GmbH and MSC Technologies Systems GmbH. As a result, we have accomplished that the different business units with varied areas of expertise are now more closely interlinked and our teams work together even more intensively. Our OEM customers benefit from this concentration of technical expertise and are able to secure a competitive advantage in their respective market segments with MSC Technologies' leading technological solutions." As part of the restructuring, MSC Technologies has restructured its web presence and puts intelligent embedded systems and display solutions at the center. A special display navigator allows a fast comparison of all available TFT, Touch, passive displays and monitors in a tabular form. In addition, the website shows mainboards, robust box PCs and high-performance 19-inch industrial systems, characterizing the complete variety of MSC Technologies' extended offering. The website is completed by wireless memory/storage, power and lighting distribution products. MSC is present in Europe in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.
Avnet unveils its strategy for MSC
Following the acquisition of MSC, American semiconductor specialist Avnet has finally officialized its strategy for its new subsidiary. The German distributor will manage the distribution of embedded electronics in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey, while its own Avnet Embedded will focus on the remaining European countries (namely Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom).
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