CMS Distribution Acquires Avesta

Frank Salmon, founder and CEO of CMS Distribution

Irish multispecialist CMS Distribution has acquired Avesta, a French distributor specialised in mobility and smart objects. This acquisition further strengthens CMS Distribution’s position as one of Europe’s leading IT specialist distributors.

Founder and CEO of CMS Distribution, Frank Salmon, commented on the acquisition, saying: “we are delighted to welcome Avesta to the group, they have a great reputation for excellent customer service and product knowledge which perfectly complements CMS’ values. Going forward our French customers will gain access to an increased product portfolio, additional sales and marketing resources and more competitive offerings. We are very excited to offer our vendor partners new routes to market, allowing them to explore new business opportunities.

Following the acquisition, CMS Distribution will now employ over 400 people across the group with a very strong foothold in Europe covering France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, in addition to its locations in China and USA, which was established in 2018. CMS Distribution will continue to run the business under Avesta’s brand for the foreseeable future. Avesta’s leadership and management team will remain, focusing on the growth of the business throughout Europe. The existing team of CMS for the French market has joined Avesta offices.

Jean-Luc Delaunay, managing director at Avesta, said: “we are excited to be part of a large global distribution business and CMS has certainly demonstrated their growth plans in recent years. It will be great to be able to leverage their systems, resources and some of their Vendor partners going forward, so we can embark on this journey of growth together.

In addition to this news today, on the 1st September 2019, CMS Distribution relocated its warehouse and integration facility to a brand new 14,000 sqm logistics centre in Castleford, Yorkshire. The new state of the art centre will provide scope for CMS to increase their integration capability and continue their customised warehousing services, to support their growth plans. CMS Distribution is also offering vendors and customers additional storage capacity for Brexit contingency planning.