Avnet Consolidates Japanese Units

07 January 2015

Distributor Avnet has combined two of its business units in Japan into a single business in an effort to better service electronics OEMs and electronics manufacturing services providers and to improve productivity.

As of Jan. 1 the units, Avnet Internix K.K. and Unidux Inc. were merged into a new business called Avnet K.K. and is part of the Avnet Electronics Marketing operating group based in Phoenix.

Avnet said it consolidated the two units to strengthen its market leadership position, streamline the enterprise, improve productivity and make it easier for customers to do business with Avnet.

Tom McCartney, Avnet Japan’s president and representative director, said the merger will result in more value-added solutions, global collaboration, and better customer service levels.

He added Avnet decided on the consolidation after suppliers and customers said that a single organization would it make easier for them to do business with Avnet. The new business unit will have a single sales team and a single customer serviceorganization,

“We will now be able to service our customers in the most efficient manner possible, and provide more products and services than ever before,” said McCartney.

He said the Avnet KK would focus on key technologies by structuring them into product segments: semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) and embedded products.

McCartney said by focusing on those segments “we can drive specialization andexpertise for our supplier partners at the technology level as well as increasedemand creation support for our customers.”

He added the new business unit will help Avnet outgrow the market and “allow us to deliver new higher-level value services and solutions into our customer base” in Japan.

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