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Avnet to Acquire European Distributor MSC Group

07 July 2013

Avnet Inc. plans to acquire MSC Group, a German-based distributor of electronic components, embedded computing technology and display solutions.

MSC, based in Stutensee, Germany, is a value-added distributor that services the European industrial electronics market. The company had more than $450 million in sales in the 2012 calendar year. Embedded computer technology, including display solutions, accounted for almost 50% of MSC’s sales.

Avnet, headquartered in Phoenix, said the acquisition will help it expand its presence in embedding computers and displays. MSC has extensive engineering resources and a strong focus on design-in services, providing a wide range of technical support throughout the product development chain, said Avnet.

With a team of field application engineers and product specialists, MSG serves as a consultative partner to automotive, industrial automation, telecom, information systems and medical device OEMs.

The operations of MSC will be integrated into the European business of Avnet’s Electronics Marketing operating group.

Harley Feldberg, president of Electronics Marketing Global, said the acquisition of MSC fits into Avnet’s strategy of investing in companies that complement Avnet’s design and supply chain services while helping to expand growth opportunities in Europe.

“By leveraging the combined skills of both organizations, we will be well positioned to better serve the needs of our customer base in the region,” said Feldberg.

The acquisition will help Avnet improve its offerings in microcontrollers, memory, programmable logic, opto-electronics and LED products, said Patrick Summit, Avnet’s president of Electronics Marketing EMEA. “The embedded computing and display solutions businesses will enhance our competencies in systems level solutions,” he said.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and will occur in two steps. Avnet plans first to acquire a majority interest in MSC Group after regulatory approval has been granted. It will then buy the rest of the company shortly after, the company said.

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